Tata is planning to launch a refreshed Nano with the addition of a few features in the next three months. Sales of the Tata Nano have been falling and hit a low of just 1500 units in January, prompting the company to do something about this “people’s car”.
Nano CNG soon
Tata will also be launching a CNG variant of the Tata Nano, which should reduce running costs considerably. The CNG variant of the Nano will have its CNG tank under the front seats to distribute weight more evenly and save space in the car. It will, however, be a much smaller tank than what hatchbacks normally carry, but the combined range of the 15 litre petrol tank and CNG should give the car a range of over 500 km. It should be introduced this summer.
New Nano diesel coming
Tata is also working on a diesel engine for the Tata Nano, which has been derived from the diesel engine in the Tata Ace, but worked upon to be more refined and suitable for use in the Tata Nano. The Tata Ace has a 700 cc, two-cylinder diesel engine that puts out just 16 bhp of power, but Tata is likely to work on this engine and develop one with slightly more power and if rumours are to be believed up to 50 kmpl fuel economy! Tata, however, has not said when it will be launching the diesel Nano, although the car is production ready and is undergoing tests. Also read: Tata Nano diesel spotted testing!
The facelifted Tata Nano is likely to get a new rear bumper with additional air vents for cooling, two glove boxes as standard fitment on the interiors and new fabric and interior trim materials. No major external changes are likely, but it could get alloy wheels as a standard option on the top-end variants. Also read: Tata offers limited edition Nano
The petrol Tata Nano got a tune up last year, with power output from its two-cylinder rear-mounted petrol engine increased to 37 bhp and 51 Nm of torque. It comes with a four-speed transmission. The Nano has a top speed limited to 105 kmph and fuel economy of 25 kmpl. Also see: Tata Nano video review