The Tata Nano diesel and CNG were spotted testing in Pune indicating that Tata may launch the Nano in both these fuel types between December 2012 and 2013.
These vehicles will give the Nano a whole new set of economy conscious buyers and the ever rising prices of petrol only make CNG and diesel more viable options. Research Tata Nano!
Tata Nano Diesel
The Nano petrol is in itself a very fuel efficient vehicle and the diesel Nano will take fuel efficiency to a whole new level. It will be powered by an 800 cc 3-cylinder motor that may put out 35 bhp of power and 110 Nm of torque.
There are also reports of it being a more powerful 60-80 bhp engine but there has been not official word on this by Tata. What remains to be seen is how Tata manages to keep the engine noise under check for this three-pot diesel motor. Also read: Tata Nano diesel spotted testing!
We can also expect other changes on the Nano diesel like improved ground clearance, larger wheels, new body colours and roof-rails. All these changes along with the badging will allow the diesel Nano to stand apart from the petrol variant.
Tata Nano CNG
The Nano CNG will make a lot of sense for those looking for a fuel efficient small car that does not burn a hole in the pockets. It will have the same 624cc motor that does duty in the petrol Nano and is also expected to come with an improved gearbox . Tata will likely iron out the minor issues that Nano petrol owners have been facing with the cars.
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Tata is working on ensuring that issues created due to parts being sourced from various vendors are also taken care of before the Nano CNG is launched.
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