Tata Motors may unveil the much anticipated diesel version of the Nano at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. The Nano diesel could be a game changer as rising petrol prices are push car makers to offer small diesel engines. The demand for diesel small cars consequently has been increasing.

Looks and comfort

Expect the diesel Nano to look like the recently launched 2012 Nano. There may be a diesel badge to differentiate the Nano diesel from its petrol version. Changes in the 2012 Nano such as the inclusion of adjustable front headrests and improved seat cushions will likely make their way into the upcoming Nano diesel as well.

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Photo: This is the 2012 Nano petrol, the diesel Nano to will likely look like this

The suspension system of the Nano diesel will be fine tuned to carry the heavier diesel motor at the rear. Hence, the ride quality of the diesel version will likely be more pliant than the petrol version particularly at higher speeds.

Expected performance

The Nano diesel is expected to be powered by an 800 cc, 2-cylinder common rail diesel motor. Though the power and torque specifications are not clear, there are speculations that the power may be around 35 bhp and the torque around 110 Nm. The mileage will likely be the USP of the Nano diesel as it is expected to return a fuel economy in the range of 30 – 40 kmpl. Expect the top speed of the Nano diesel to be same as the Nano petrol which is 105 kmph.

If a high fuel economy (30 – 40 kmpl) is achieved the running cost of the Nano diesel will be at par with that of 180 – 250 cc bikes running in the country. Hence, the Nano diesel may then be able to pull two-wheeler owners, which was the primary idea behind Tata’s Rs. 1 lakh car project.

Expected features

The Nano diesel may likely inherit all the features offered in the Nano petrol which includes front power windows, central locking and front fog lamps. With an incredible mileage, the Nano diesel may be used for long trips and hence Tata may provide a boot door to easily access the boot space. But the USP of the Nano is its pricing. Hence we expect features to be at a bare minimum in the Nano diesel to help the company price the product competitively.

Expected price

The Nano diesel is expected to be priced at Rs. 60,000 more than the Nano petrol which has a range of Rs. 1.40 lakh – Rs. 1.96 lakh. Hence, the Nano diesel may have a price range of Rs. 2 lakh – 2.56 lakh.

The recently upgraded Nano has been more of a cosmetic one and hence may likely attract only a few more buyers. But the Nano diesel has the potential to attract thousands of buyers who want a cheap diesel car for city runabout.

It is yet to be seen what the Nano diesel’s NVH levels will be like (even the Nano petrol engine is very much audible). But, do you think the running cost of Nano diesel is enough to stir excitement among buyers?


  1. sm1 is talking about safety. . . If it collide with bullet350. . . U ll cm to knw. . . Its a box on 4 wheels . . .

  2. if they r able too keep engine noise low and better cabin insulation.. plus aggressive pricing.. then at 35-40kmpl it would be a success

  3. I guess its the reports which suggest that it might give 30-40kmpl… For sure, given the low price if diesel even 25kmpl is quite good for a 4 wheeler.

  4. Well a good plan but this car may replace too many auto rickshaws which is a good move and two wheelers too!

  5. It would certainly shake market bcoz of fuel economy… All the people should understand they r buying a new diesel car around 2lac price range, we can not compare it with cars we can buy in around 4 to 5lac range.

  6. Yay! :D
    Tata has the ability to bring a change.
    Hope they launch AT in Vista and Manza Diesel Models..that wud be a game changer for them. :)

  7. Wel the Tata should still focus on the build quality of the cars….only the engine is good from tata but not the build/design…

  8. Tata should have launched the Diesel Nano first coz the target audience are 2wheelers. A middle class family man buys a 100cc bike for 50-60K. the millage he gets is around 60kmpl. so roughly his running cost is Rs 1 per km. if the diesel Nano gives a millage of around 35, then the running cost of nano also be around Rs 1. now this will make sense for a middle class family man. he will consider bu

  9. If “TATA NANO DIESEL ” wanted to be popular famous successful like “RAJNIKANTH” then it should be really launched by january 2012 and I know it will really break all world records of sales of any 4 wheeler ever on earth anytime anywhere for next even 100 years this record will stay in hunt. mind and remeber my words right thing at right time brings right results! INDIAN public is very emotional so

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