Tata Nano variants with an Automated Manual Transmission & openable hatch lid variants coming to the 2014 Indian Auto Expo?

Snapshot: Tata Motors plans to launch new variants of the Nano in the coming months, in its continuing endeavor to re-position the car as a smart city commuter that is inexpensive to buy, and frugal to run and own. At the upcoming 2014 Auto Expo, Tata Motors could showcase not one but two new variants of the Nano. While one variant is said to be equipped with an automated manual transmission, the other will get an open-able hatch lid.

Tata Nano Twist used as an illustration pic
Tata Nano Twist used as an illustration

According to AutoCarIndia, the new Nano variant with the open-able hatch lid could increase the car’s weight by 70-80 kilograms, adversely affecting the fuel efficiency of the car. This feature will address the sore point of the Nano that current owners have been expressing from the word go, that the car’s boot space is barely usable due to the non-openable hatch lid. The open-able hatch lid will make it to the electric power steering equipped version of the Nano Twist, a car that was launched very recently.

The other, more interesting variant of the Nano, one with an automated manual transmission (AMT) will reaffirm the Nano’s positioning as a city car meant to deliver comfort and convenience in spades. It remains to be seen as to which engine Tata Motors will mate the AMT to. As of now, the Nano is available with a single engine made by Kirloskar. The engine is a twin cylinder, 623 cc petrol unit that can also be configured to run on CNG. In petrol guise, the engine outputs 37 PS of peak power and 52 Nm of peak torque, and drives the rear wheels of the car.

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Plans for a larger petrol engined Nano exist and test mules with a 935 cc-triple cylinder petrol engine have already begun doing the testing rounds. Click here to check out CarToq’s exclusive spyshots of the larger engined Nano Petrol.