Tata Nano to get more variants & engine options in future

Tata Nano GenX front three quarters

Tata Motors recently updated the Nano and launched the GenX Nano last week. The company is now marketing the Nano as a premium and smart car that can ease driving in cities, getting rid of its cheap and low-cost image. Tata has now revealed that the Nano will be seeing more models and newer variants in the near future.

The GenX Nano gets an AMT transmission and its prices are way more premium than before. The future of Nano might see the addition of bigger displacement engines which generate a higher power output and also cater to those customers who have previously owned a Nano as well. According to rife speculations, the Nano could get an engine that displaces between 800-1000 cc, helping it to compete directly with the Maruti Alto series and the Hyundai Eon.

The two main aforementioned rivals of the Nano were earlier available with an 800 cc engine only. But Maruti and Hyundai both gave their respective models a 1000 cc engine as well after buyers were demanding for a model which outputs more power. At present, the Nano is powered by a 624 cc, twin-cylinder petrol engine which generates 37.5 BHP. In comparison, the Maruti Alto 800 churns out 48 BHP and the Hyundai Eon generates a maximum power of 56 BHP.

Senior vice-president of Tata Motors, Girish Wagh says that in the current GenX Nano they have prioritised certain features that are more customer oriented at the moment. However, more changes are expected to happen on future models of the Nano. The most important additions to a car like Nano was the addition of an electronic power-steering and an automatic transmission.

The Nano has now been completely repositioned from an option to buying a two-wheeler, to a mini city car which will provide a simpler means to drive in congested city traffic. Tata is now promoting the Nano as a second vehicle in a household and competes with the likes of scooters, which are currently the choice of a second vehicle after a motorcycle. The customer’s perception is also likely to change as the company looks to make the Nano a car which can comfortable transport five adults from one place to another over long distances.

Girish Wagh also added that a diesel Nano with a new engine is also in the works. However, the fact that diesel engines carry added NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels, Tata put the project for a later launch. The previous Nano model did come with a CNG variant as well, but only time will tell whether the GenX will get one or not.

Source : BusinessStandard