Tata Nano diesel likely to be launched by Sep 2011

Friday 14 January 2011, 00:00 AM by Vikas Yogi

The much anticipated diesel version of country’s cheapest car Tata Nano is expected to hit the Indian roads by September 2011, as speculated in recent media reports.

The diesel engine of the car is expected to be in the range of 600 to 700 cc, carrying a comparatively higher price tag from its petrol counterpart. The world's smallest turbo system for Nano has been developed by Honeywell. The engine will incorporate a super small Bosch common rail direct injection (CRDi) system. The other partners of the Nano’s diesel engine project are AVL, FEV and Ricardo.

After its launch in the country, the Tata Nano diesel will be the cheapest and smallest diesel engine powered car available in the Indian market. So far, there is no diesel-run car present in the segment A (Maruti 800) and A+ ( Maruti Alto ) in the country.

The launch of a diesel version could turn around the fortunes for small wonder Tata Nano that is currently struggling with sagging sales in its domestic market due to some safety concerns and increased price.

Earlier this month, the company had announced to offer open sales of the car at all of its 874 sales outlets spread across the Indian market.