Regulars here would remember we recently reported that the Tata Nano Twist could be launched on January 15, 2014. However, it has now emerged that the new Tata Nano Twist, which will come equipped with power steering, will be launched on January 13, 2014. The launch event will take place in Mumbai.
The new Tata Nano Twist is equipped with a ZF-sourced electric power steering, which is expected to add INR 15,000 to the cost of the regular model. The non power-steered variant is expected to remain on sale alongside the EPS equipped version.
The upcoming launch of the Nano Twist is certainly a good news for all the people who wished to buy the Nano but put off by the heavy non-power assisted steering. The power steering will become the first major mechanical upgrade for the Tata Nano. With the advent of EPS, the Nano will no longer remain a pain to maneuver and the upcoming upgrade will be particularly appreciated by the fairer sex.
Earlier this year, Tata Motors launched the Nano eMax CNG variant in the country. Also, a comprehensively updated Tata Nano, complete with a diesel engine, is just around the corner.
Currently, the Tata Nano is on sale in three variants, STD (INR 1,50,000), CX (INR 1,98,000) and LX (INR 2,23,500). Powering the car is a 624cc petrol engine that has a max power of 37.4 bhp and comes mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.
It would be interesting to note if the upcoming upgrades, most of which are mechanical in nature, can make Nano a lot more appealing to entry level hatchback buyers in the country.