Tata Motors showcased the Nano Twist Active AMT equipped hatchback at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The car was equipped with a five speed automated manual transmission (AMT) – the latest rage among car makers in India, an openable hatchlid and also a larger fuel tank, adding to its practicality quotient. The engine though, remained the tried and tested 624 cc twin cylinder petrol unit that outputs 37 Bhp-51 Nm. Barely months after the Expo, Tata Motors has begun testing the AMT equipped Nano Twist Active on Indian roads, in a prelude to the car’s launch in the next year or so.
The Nano Twist Active AMT will sit at the top of the hatchback’s variant line up, with a price likely to be pegged close to the 3 lakh rupee mark considering the fact that the current top-end Nano variants – the Twist and the E-MAX CNG come in at 2.32 lakh rupees and 2.58 lakh rupees respectively, ex-showroom Delhi. The Nano Twist Active AMT will be the least priced AMT equipped car to be sold in India. Competition in the entry-level hatchback space equipped with the AMT option is set to increase, what with the likes of the Datsun Redi-GO, the Renault A-Entry, the Maruti Alto K10 and the WagonR to get AMT options in the next 18 months or so.
The constant addition of equipment to the Nano reflects Tata Motors’ efforts to take the car upmarket and cater to a new demography of buyers, who reside primarily in the bigger cities of the country, and who are looking at the Nano as a practical, compact and fuel efficient budget runabout meant mainly for city runs. The Nano’s image is being revamped as an affordable car aimed at younger car buyers, at odds with Tata Motors’ previous strategy of pitching the Nano as the least priced set of four wheels money can buy. In future, the Nano is also likely to gain an 800 cc, 3 cylinder petrol engine while the diesel powered model has been put on hold for now.
Spyshots courtesy Motoroids