The Tata Nano diesel that is slated for a launch sometime next year has been spotted testing without any camouflage, and this reveals some interesting changes to the cars design, probably driven by functionality.
RushLane has posted some spy photos of the Tata Nano diesel from which it is clearly evident that the car gets a new front bumper, a new rear bumper and also an openable boot hatch, something that a lot of Tata Nano owners have asked for in the past three years. Also read: Love it or hate it – Tata Nano diesel spotted with new design
Of course, when the car is launched, these changes will come at a considerable price hike, apart from the fact that the diesel engine too will be at least Rs. 50,000 more expensive compared to the petrol variant. The redesigned front bumper with a smiling grille is perhaps because the AC condenser and radiator have been moved to the front, while space at the rear has been freed up to accommodate a bigger in size diesel engine.
The Tata Nano diesel will be powered, most likely, by a two-cylinder common-rail diesel engine with a displacement of about 800 cc. It will feature a turbo-charger from Honeywell and power output is speculated to be about 40 bhp. However, some people who’ve been following the development of the Tata Nano diesel claim the car is targeting a fuel efficiency of 40 kmpl! If that’s the case, this would easily be the most fuel-efficient car in India, period, and would even be better in terms of running cost compared to some two wheelers! Also read: Is the Nano more practical than Alto?
Given that it would be launched at a price point of about Rs. 2.6 lakh or so, it would be interesting to see how buyers react to the Tata Nano diesel, in respect to the Maruti Alto 800. Tata at the moment is gearing up to dispatch the Tata Nano eMax CNG to its dealers in the next couple of weeks, and this car too should add an interesting twist to low running costs. Also read: Why Tata Nano eMax CNG could be the ideal urban commuter