Tata Nano was introduced in 2009 as a game changer in Indian automotive industry, although Tata Motor’s dream child couldn’t actually fulfill the automaker’s expectation. Now the Indian origin automaker is developing an all new small car on the same platform which houses the Nano.
The upcoming car will be a bit larger than the Nano, and smaller than newly launched Tiago. The car will take on the Renault Kwid, which has been proved a game changer in the country. The Nano based upcoming Tata small hatchback will sport better styling compare to the Nano. It will come with more power, feature laden interior also. The car will be designed on Tata Motor’s new IMPACT design language, which has been adopted by the Tata Tiago hatchback and the Tata Kite 5 compact sedan.
The outgoing Tata Nano GenX is powered by a 624 cc dual cylinder MPFI petrol engine mated to 4 speed manual transmission which churns out 37 bhp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 51 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. The Nano based small car will get a larger engine although. Despite competing against the Renault Kwid the upcoming small hatchback is likely to receive a three cylinder 1.0 litre engine under the hood as power source. In that case the car will be on par with the 1.0 litre Renault Kwid. Apart from that the other cars in the same segment like Datsun Redi Go, Hyundai Eon and Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 will also become its competitors.
Tata Motors has a 800 cc turbocharged diesel engine in its stable, but that is very unlikely to make way under the hood of the upcoming hatchback due to the anti diesel vibe in India at present. Despite the Tata Motors being tight lipped about the small hatchback, the new car would be christened as the Pelican, as rumors indicate. The car would be priced similarly to the Tata Tiago, which has a price range between Rs. 3.20 lakh to Rs. 5.54 lakh.
Source: Business Standard