That the Tata Nano has failed to capture the imagination of entry level car buying lot in India is no secret. Call it the result of several fire-catching incidents during the initial days or call it the result of poor marketing (or both), the fact remains that Tata hasn’t managed to garner half as many sales as its makers initially hoped for.
However, Tata Motors hasn’t given up on its city car and has planned a range of new variants that will go on sale in near future.
As is a well known fact, first of these upcoming models will be the soon-to-be-launched Nano Twist, which will come equipped with a power steering and is likely to become the range-topping petrol powered model. The Nano Twist is also expected to come with better interiors and improved NVH.
Following the launch of the Nano Twist would be that of the highly anticipated Nano diesel variant.
The Nano Diesel will be powered by a 800cc turbocharged diesel motor that will have a honeywell-sourced turbo and astonishing fuel efficiency of around 40 kmpl! The Nano diesel will have around 35 bhp of max power and could come with some new features.
While the two upcoming variants mentioned here might very well prove to be the game-changers for the entry level hatchback, Tata Motors would not stop here and will launch one more new variant of the Nano that would, in all probability, would lead to having all the bases covered for the Nano’s run to success.
This variant, which would be known as the Tata Nano Plus, will be powered by a bigger 1.0 litre petrol engine that would have a max power of around 60bhp. The Nano Plus could come with several new features and updates such as front disc brakes, improved aircon, bucket seats, open-able taillgate, new dashboard, LED headlamps and fog lights, revised hood styling, et al.
This variant, in all likelihood, would become the flagship model in the expanded line up and would target the Maruti Alto 800, Hyundai Eon, Chevrolet Spark and the likes.
“We are on the fast journey in making the transformation, making sure all the fundamentals are in place, in trying to create aspiration around the brand, but a slow journey in making sure we don’t mess (up) on the fundamentals,” a company spokesperson said. “We should see a tipping point in the next six months’ time.“
It would be very interesting to see if the upcoming variants, which would include the Twist, the Diesel variant and the Plus, would be able to bestow the Nano with a better fate.
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates on the upcoming Nano variants.