The Tata Nano Twist F-TRONIC automatic manual transmission (AMT) equipped budget hatchback is close to a launch. The car was first showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. Back then, the Nano Twist F-TRONIC showcased a flurry of interesting features, all meant to boost the hatchback’s positioning as a “smart city car”. The most important feature of them all, was the 5 speed F-TRONIC AMT gearbox, that added a cog to the Nano’s transmission and also amplified the convenience quotient by automating gear shifting. Other important features on the car include a larger fuel tank, refreshed interiors and an open-able hatch lid. The exteriors see a stylistic makeover as well.
A Nano F-TRONIC variant, with the XTA variant badging and no camouflage whatsoever was spotted testing on Pune’s Senapati Bapat road. Reportedly, the car was driven by two women, who did not appear to be test drivers of the company. This detail reveals that the Nano Twist XTA F-TRONIC in question could be a sample meant to gauge customer feedback. Tata Motors has been known to offer the upgraded Nano as a daily drive to prospective buyers in Pune, as a means to evaluate feedback from real world conditions. Meanwhile, the official launch is expected to happen over the next couple of months given the fact that car now seems production ready.
The Nano F-TRONIC is expected to continue using the 624cc, twin cylinder petrol engine that is good for 37 Bhp-51 Nm. The engine will continue to drive the rear wheels of the car. The Nano Twist XTA will be the most expensive variant of the hatchback, with a 40,000 rupee price premium likely. With the power steering equipped Nano XT priced at 2.43 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi, before dealer discounts, the Twist XTA is expected to be priced near the 2.8 lakh rupee mark. This will make the AMT equipped car the least expensive automatic car in the country, and the world.
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