In what appears to be another desperate attempt to infuse life into the Nano, the salt-to-chemicals-to-tea conglomerate Tata may unveil the diesel variant of the Tata Nano at the Auto Expo in February 2014.
The Nano was launched amidst much fanfare with anticipation that it will become the People’s Car, and will become a hot seller in that process. However, things have been going in a rough manner for the Nano. Tata Motors isn’t even able to utilise the full production capacity of its dedicated Nano plant at Sanand in Gujarat.
To give the sales a much needed fillip, Tata Motors has been attempting a series of moves. It unveiled the Tata Nano CNG eMax sometime back, with the hope that the green-and-eco-friendly tag will draw customers to it. Various test mules of the Tata Nano have been spied, and have given rise to the speculation about the planned variants of the Tata Nano.
One of them has been the diesel variant of the Tata Nano.
It has been claimed that the diesel Tata Nano will be one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the country, providing a mileage figure of about 35 kmpl. Rumor mills doing the rounds had even pointed out that the diesel variant will be powered by a 800 cc, twin-cylinder engine equipped with a Garrett turbocharger. It could also feature a Common Rail Direct Injection system developed by Bosch.
Needless to say, the fuel efficiency and the low operating cost will be the one and only selling point of this car.
Could it be really present at the Auto Expo 2014? Well, it depends on how desperate Tata is. Few days back, another interesting test mule of Nano was caught with an openable rear hatch. You can read our report on it here.
Source – Team BHP