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Latest on Tata Nano: 15 July, 2015
Branding Tata Motors small car Nano as a cheapest car was a mistake and was one of the reasons for the model not taking off as expected, Ratan Tata, Chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, said here on Wednesday. Tata, who was here to participate in the 11th convocation of the Great Lakes Institute of Management, also took some questions from the students. Answering a question on the Nano car, Tata said the mistake was branding the model as the cheapest car instead of affordable car. He said people did not want to be associated with a cheap car.
Tata Nano, a Hatchback has 5 versions available in India. Tata Nano has 5 Petrol cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Tata Nano are Maruti Suzuki Eeco and Premier Rio. Tata Nano comes in 9 colours, namely, Cornflower Blue , Dazzle Blue , Meteor Silver, Mojito Green, Papaya Orange , Pearl White, Rouge Red, Royal Gold , Serene White.
Launched in 2009, the Tata Nano created buzz as ‘world’s cheapest car’ in the market, but the same strategy went against the brand and its sales started falling. After introducing various updates and variants to the hatchback, the home-grown automaker replaced the entire lineup with the new Nano GenX AMT that received a few cosmetic updates and an AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox. The refreshed Nano became India’s most affordable automatic car. The exterior styling of the hatchback is revised with new smoke headlamps with black bezel and large circular fog lamps, front and rear bumpers with Infinity motif grille and other styling elements. Perhaps, the most significant update is the open-able boot that makes it more practical than the old one. The interior, too, looks refreshing with new interior trims and plenty of additional features. Powering the hatchback is the same old 624cc, two-cylinder MPFI petrol engine, but now it’s more refined and frugal. Transmissions on offer are a new 5-speed AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox and a 4-speed manual.
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The various fuel trims in Tata Nano are priced differently. The Petrol trims are priced between Rs. 2,19,349/- to Rs. 3,13,000/-.
The new Nano GenX with significant cosmetic updates looks sportier than the old model. Though, it retains its original shape. The car features new smoke headlamps with black bezel and large circular fog lamps, front and rear bumpers with Infinity motif grille, a piano black hood garnish and integrated tailgate spoiler. The open-able bootlid makes it more practical than before. The hatchback gets a new color - Sangria Red - along with the regular shades.
With various new features, the new GenX has surely become a lot richer and more up-market product than its predecessor. It gets new-generation Tata signature electric power-assisted steering wheel with active return function and speed sensitivity, and first-in-segment color themes. Other features include Zest/ Bolt-inspired steering, first-in-segment digital information display, an Amphistream music system with USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity, surround sound effect with 4-speakers, externally adjustable ORVMs, front power windows, new interior trims, central locking remote and burglar alarm.
Engine and Transmission
The 2015 Tata Nano GenX is powered by the same old 624cc, two-cylinder MPFI petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 38bhp and a peak torque of 51Nm. Though, it’s more refined and fuel efficient than the old unit, thanks to the new cylinder head and aluminum block. A 4-speed manual transmission is available on XM and XE trims, while the 5-speed AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox is offered on EasyShift Automatic XMA and XTA variants.
Performance and Handling
The powertrain is more refined, fuel efficient, and has improved NVH levels. The car drives well at sedate speed, and delivers adequate performance. Drivability is quite impressive with AMT gearbox, but it doesn’t show a quick progress. With increased fuel tank capacity (24-litres), the hatchback offers a range of over 450kms. The light steering, anti-roll for high speed stability and SUV-like ground clearance further enhance its handling and driving dynamics. The ride quality is good, but it gets bouncy on rough surfaces.
Similar to the old model, the new GenX Nano has drum brakes on both front and rear axles. Though, the front brakes need to be updated with disc brakes. The stopping power isn’t up to the mark, and brake pedal still lacks the feel.
The 624 cc Petrol - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 19 kmpl in city and 22 kmpl on highways
With advanced structural stability, the new Nano GenX ensures a safe and confident drive. It comes equipped with impact cushioning crumple zone, central locking, booster assisted brakes, central high mount stop lamp, side intrusion beams, hazard warning switch and additional reinforced body structure for enhanced frontal crash protection.
With new styling, rich features and refined engine, the Tata Nano GenX is certainly an improved product than the old one. Though, the major highlight is the new AMT gearbox that makes it India’s most affordable automatic car.
Tata Nano GenX Vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
The new Tata Nano GenX is more practical and up-market than the old one, thanks to the larger fuel tank capacity, open-able hatch and refined engine. It’s the most fuel efficient and affordable car to buy. Though, the braking performance and handling are mediocre. The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, on the other hand, has basic design and features, coupled with efficient engine.
Note: Specifications for Nano XTA AutoShift (Petrol) have been mentioned
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