If you are one of those fuel conscious, environment friendly readers waiting for the new Nano emax CNG variant, the wait for you seems to be over. Despising murmurs about the delay in launch a spokesperson from Tata confirmed that the CNG powered Nano is on course to hit showrooms this October. According to Financial Express select showrooms in Mumbai and Delhi have started taking bookings for the CNG variant.
Top honchos in Tata have decided to concentrate on alternate fuel options, to pump some energy in Nano which can have some positive impact in the sales of the small car. Tata Nano emax CNG was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2012 after its sweet own time CNG variant was unveiled at Horizonext 2013 initiative this June.
After caught doing testing rounds the car was set for an October launch, but a few rumors downplayed the October release citing crunch in parts supply and went far to predict a delayed launch sometime in 2014.
However, all these rumors have been negated by Tata who has confirmed that Nano emax CNG will be launched in October. We expect the Nano CNG to make way to showrooms around Navratra festivals and to cost around Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 dearer than the existing petrol variant.
From the spy shots and official info we have in hand, we expect Tata Nano emax CNG variant to have the following changes:
- On the exterior the cute car gets an added emax CNG badge
- Interiors will get a button to switch between CNG and Petrol
- CNG will be fitted under the driver seat and will come with 17 lts capacity. The placement of cylinder inside the cabin is a move by Tata motors to max fuel efficiency and have better reliability.
- ARAI rating for CNG is an excellent 32km/kg and the CO2 emission rates stand at 75g/km making Nano the cleanest and the efficient cars on road.
Apart from this emax CNG variant of Nano, Tata is also preparing a diesel version of Nano and this is what is expected to be the game changer for the company. In an exclusive scoop, we have shared spyshots of Nano diesel on the streets of Pune a few months back and we expect it to launch sometime in early 2014.
-by Saravana Priyan