From November, the CNG version Maruti SuzukiBaleno and XL-6 will be available from the car manufacturers Nex trade network.

The brand is introducing an ‘S-CNG’ option for the two models, which are priced between Rs 8.28 lakh and Rs 12.24 lakh, according to the senior executive director of marketing and sales. Shashanka Srivastava.

“This year we are expected to sell around 4 lakh CNG vehicles compared to the 2.3 lakh vehicles we sold last year,” Srivastava was quoted as saying by PTI.

Maruti first introduced CNG in 2010 Eeco, Alto and WagonR. The brand has “sold 1.14 million CNG vehicles so far.” Srivastava.

As for the Baleno and XL6 CNG variants, he said production has already started and “we will start sales in the first week of November”.

The Baleno S-CNG will be available in two variants. Deltathe manual transmission (MT) will cost Rs 8.28 lakh Child (MT) is priced at Rs 9.21 lakh, while the XL6 S-CNG will only be available in the Zeta (MT) variant priced at Rs 12.24 lakh (all prices ex-showroom).

Taking another popular hatchback of the company as an example Swiftat which it introduced the CNG option in August, Srivastava said that penetration is currently around 14-15% and a similar level is expected for Baleno CNG.

Regarding the overall demand for CNG vehicles, he said that last year the average number of bookings per day was around 1,300-1,400 and in the first quarter of this financial year, it increased marginally to 1,400-1,500.

“After the increase in LNG prices, it has returned to the same level as last year, which is around 1,300-1,400 per day, and it has remained unchanged,” Srivastava added.

With materials from PTI

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