Tata Magic Iris CNG showcased at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo!
This was a story that ICB broke first worldwide, when we scooped a test mule of the Tata Magic Iris CNG doing the test rounds on the outskirts of Pune. The Tata Magic Iris CNG is now out in the open, as a model showcased by Tata Motors at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo. The Tata Magic Iris CNG comes at a crucial time for Tata Motors, even as Bajaj Auto is lining up its own version of a four wheeled people mover in the form of the RE60, and one which will be also available in CNG guise.
The Tata Magic Iris CNG is not a dual fuel variant and instead will feature a dedicated single cylinder CNG engine that displaces 611cc and produces power-torque figures of 13 Bhp and 37 Nm. The CNG tank in the Magic Iris will have a capacity of 9 Kg and will provide a range of 220 kilometers per tankful. The Magic Iris comes with a hauling capacity of 4 to 5 passengers depending on the variant.
The Tata Magic Iris appears much more four wheeler like than the Bajaj RE60, which almost looks comical but the fact of the matter is Bajaj Auto is gunning for a 1 lakh rupee price tag for the RE60, a price tag that the Magic Iris would find very difficult to match. Tata Motors, it appears will rely on their experience in four wheeled commercial vehicles to deliver a better product through the Magic Iris, to take on the Bajaj RE60.
Coming to the key differences between the RE60 and the Magic Iris, the Magic Iris has the capacity of seating one more passenger and also has proper sliding windows up front instead of the tiltable units present in the RE60. The on road cost of the Magic Iris in CNG mode is expected to exceed 2 Lakh rupees at the time of its launch.