Tata Nano has been a project which has not delivered for the company. Tata is trying out various new bits to resurrect the ‘Nano’ brand but it is not reflecting in its monthly sales.
Moving forward Tata is working on a new small hatchback, codenamed as Pelican, which will be based on upgraded Nano’s platform and should definitely come with a new brand name. Pelican, according to an earlier report, is expected to get a 3-cylinder 1.0L petrol and an 800cc diesel engine.
However, a new report at Zigwheels.com has quashed the possibility of a diesel engine on even the Pelican. They say, Tata has completely shelved the new compact diesel Bosch-sourced engine due to high NVH levels, unacceptable in the passenger car segment. We have spotted a lot of test mules of Nano diesel on tests in Pune and in terms of sound from the rear-mounted engine (to a motorcycle follower), they were definitely harsher than the current 624cc petrol motor.
However, a 1.0L 3-cylinder engine is an interesting move and if it can produce decent power outputs and lesser sound, Pelican may turn out to be a worthy rival for Alto and Eon.
Tata is expected to launch the Pelican towards the end of next year.