Tata Nano

Tata Nano, the cheapest car in the world was launched in 2009. The rear engine, rear wheel drive hatch was Ratan Tata’s dream who at the time of the launch of the Nano was the Director of the Tata group. The hatch uses a 800cc petrol engine and in 2012 the manufacturer will be launching a diesel version of the Nano as well.

2015 Tata GenX Nano

Tata Motors Nano started its career as one of the cheapest car available in the Indian market but it was not well received amongst the Indian owners because of many reasons. Somehow Tata decided to give it a premium touch and launched the next generation Nano which although is based on the same platform but it surely did receive some premium features not only on its exterior but interior as well which actually made this small hatchback more practical and upmarket and now is a much more able city car.

Tata introduced the new Nano with an AMT gearbox and it was christened as GenX Nano Easy Shift (AMT) that’s a really long name considering the actual size of the car but jokes apart the new and improved Nano although uses the same twin cylinder 624 cc unit but the AMT 5 speed unit surely made some difference to it which is clearly visible. The AMT Kit that the Nano has used in this new hatch is also imported from Italy’s Magneti Marelli who also supplies the Kit to Maruti in India.

Although the bookings has already started for this new GenX Nano it will be launched soon in India so if you are thinking of getting your hands on a car which comes with an AMT transmission and do not actually have a huge budget then you should definitely go through this speculative review of the hatch provided below.

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EXTERIOR

Surely things has changed in this new Nano but it won’t be too hard to recognize the car instantly. Towards the front the new GenX Nano gets a smoked headlamp cluster which actually looks far better than the bald headlamps that were found in the earlier Nano hatch. The front bumper of the new car also has been restyled completely and it gets a new air dam which actually gives this small car a smiling face but more importantly the new air dams also helps to keep the engine cool which is placed towards the rear of the car. While you also notice round foglamps towards the lower front bumpers just on the front hood you will also notice a a piano-black hood garnish which adds a premium feel to the front.

There are not any noticeable changes made to the side profile of the hatch but you do get new wheel covers which add sporty appeal to the side profile. Walk towards the rear and you will be greeted with a surprise you will notice external release towards the rear boot area of the hat6ch which means that this new Nano now has a ususbale boot which can be opened only from outside though (No! You wont get any internal release switch or button), GenX Nano offers 94 Litres of claimed boot space inside which is good enough for a small suitcase or two or three laptop backpacks (depending on their size). The rear windshield also been redesigned because it now has an boot lid which could be opened.

DIMENSION

Overall Length 3164 mm
Overall Width 1750 mm (Without ORVM)
Overall Height 1652 mm
Wheelbase 2230 mm
Ground clearance 180 mm
Minimum Turning Circle Radius 4 m
Seating Capacity 4 persons
Fuel Tank Capacity 24 Litres
Luggage Space
XE, XM & XT, XMA, XTA (Easy Shift)
110 Litres 94 Litres

INTERIOR

Step inside this cute little car and the first thing that you will notice is a completely new steering wheel which looks like that it has been borrowed from the more premium cars like Zest or Bolt. The interior looks like has also improved and brings a fresh appeal to the overall cabin. The seats towards both the hatches front and rear remains unchanged though which do indicate that this Nano provides the same amount of comfort and Ergonomics like the previous car but you do get new upholstery inside which matches well with the overall changed exterior.

There is not much of change made to the dashboard but you do get the new sleek and sporty looking AMT gearbox which can surely change your mood. Take a closer look and you will notice that the instrument cluster also looks new and you do get an additional gear position indicator which will come in handy especially for those who will be using the AMT gearbox for the very first time. The boot surely make the Nano feel like a more proper car.

DRIVETRAIN

This may be a little disappointing for those who got interested while reading the above section, the GenX Nano still uses the same 624 Cc twin cylinder petrol unit which is capable of producing about 38 ps of peak power at 5000 rpm and 51 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. While Tata offers a new AMT gearbox but you can also get your hands on the 4 speed manual gearbox variant which was already available with the car. The fun fact is that the 5 speed AMT transmission is actually built on the new 4 speed manual gearbox by Italy’s Magneti Marelli.

I cannot assure you that adding this AMT has taken a toll on the performance part of this hatch because this car only has 38 Ps of poeak power on tap and adding the extra transmission unit has also added more weight to this car and now its almost 30 Kilograms heavier so it you do not need a genius here to understand that the car surely has lost some of its sportiness.

DRIVETRAIN

Engine Type 624 cc, 2 cylinders Gasoline, MPFI
Maximum Power 38 PS @ 5500 +/- 250 RPM
Maximum Torque 51 Nm @ 4000 +/- 500 RPM
Top Speed 105 kmph
Transmission XE, XM & XT
XMA, XTA (Easy Shift)
Manual
Easy Shift (Automated Manual Transmission)
with Sports Mode & Creep feature
Gears
XE, XM & XT
XMA, XTA (Easy Shift)
Four forward + one reverse speed
Five forward + one reverse speed

SAFETY FEATURES

According to Tata the new GenX Nano now comes with an advanced structural stability of this small hatch and that is also because of the fact that it now comes with an usuable boot lid. The New GenX Nano also gets an impressive 180 mm ground clearnce. While it also gets Impact Cushioning Crumple Zone.

PRICING

Below we have provided the new price details of the new Tata GenxNano:

- Tata GenX Nano XE with MT has been priced at INR 1.99 lakhs
- Tata GenX Nano XM with MT has been priced at INR 2.29 lakhs
- Tata GenX Nano XT with MT has been priced at INR 2.49 lakhs
- Tata GenX Nano XMA with AMT has been priced at INR 2.69 lakhs
- Tata GenX Nano XTA with AMT has been priced at INR 2.89 lakhs

COMPETITION

Maruti Alto800

The Alto800 is definitely the first car that comes to our mind when we start looking for a competitor for the Nano and why not this also happens to be second cheapest car which is avialble in the Indian market right now. The Alto 800 although uses a more powerful engine than the Nano which also returns more power and torque output and also stays on top of the list when you actually compare the comfort factor. You can go through our full review to get all the details of the Alto800 hatchback.

CONCLUSION

Tata has tried every single thing to revive the brand Nano but somehow they failed now they are desperately trying to shed the ‘Cheapest car’ tag from the hatch and trying to make it more upmarket and bring it in the same league as the other entry level offerings from auto manufacturers like Maruti and Hyundai. Hopefully with the AMT gearbox they will be able catch more attention of the young buyers towards this car and also because of the fact that this will also be the cheapest way to get hands on an AMT transmission equipped hatchback.

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    • Addition of the extra weight surely will rob some of the sport handling charactrestics of the hatch
    • Same engine
    • Low on power
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Press Release

Tata Motors launches the GenX Nano range, its new compact hatch

A feature-rich range that comes with latest technological advancements and offers best-in-class technology and design engineering

Key highlights:

’Easy Shift’ Automated Manual Transmission with ’Sports’ mode for enhanced accelaration and ’creep’ feature for heavy traffic maneuverability and parking ease.
Comes with Electric Power Assisted Steering (ePAS), designed for light steering, for easy maneuvering in tight parking and driving situations in cities.
Latest in design - Infinity motif grille, smoked headlamps, Tata signature steering wheel, sporty integrated tailgate spoiler
Comes with a 24 litre fuel tank for longer driving range
Convenience of a 110L luggage space in the MT and class leading interior space with 4% better shoulder room and 6% better legroom than competition*
Connectivity features like BluetoothTM, CD, Radio, USB & AUX-in and first-in-segment* Digital Information Display
Enhanced Safety - crumple zone, intrusion beams, anti-roll bar and SUV-like ground clearance
New range with Five variants - XE, XM, XT with Manual Transmission, XMA and XTA with Easy Shift AMT, catering to various needs of customer

The Nano continues to innovate and evolve in line with the needs of its customers. Taking the spirit of innovation further, Tata Motors today announced the launch of all-new GenX Nano range, a new compact, feature-rich hatchback for the trendy, youthful, bold and stylish customer. The new GenX Nano comes with advanced technological features which strengthens its value proposition, making it the perfect city car. The GenX Nano will be available for sale, across the country in over 450 Tata Motors sales outlets, from today.
The GenX Nano comes with a starting price of INR. 1.99 Lakhs, for the XE variant and goes upto INR 2.49 Lakhs, for the XT variant, in Manual Transmission. The Company has introduced two variants – XMA and XTA with ‘Easy Shift’ Automated Manual Transmission. The XMA variant will be made-to-order and will be available for sales from August 2015. The XMA variant is priced at INR. 2.69 Lakhs and the top-end, XTA variant is priced at INR 2.89 Lakhs and is available post the national launch. All prices are Ex-showroom, Delhi.

Unveiling the GenX Nano at the launch ceremony - Mr. Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors Ltd., said, "The Nano has put India on the world motoring map by demonstrating innovation and frugal engineering. It continues to remain an important brand in our passenger vehicle portfolio and we have been constantly evolving the product to deliver the most relevant city car features like Easy Shift, Power Steering, the Hatch access, Bluetooth connectivity and so on, for the Indian market. The new GenX Nano is a smart, stylish, efficient and a practical city car which has strong potential in the compact hatch segment. After Zest and Bolt, the GenX Nano is our third offering under Horizonext and we continue to reach out to our customers with feature-rich products that offer best-in-class technology and design engineering."
The GenX Nano was conceived around two years ago, as a result of constant feedback from existing and potential consumers. The new range has been designed and developed by Tata Motors and its supplier teams to meet world-class quality standards and bring sheer driving pleasure to the young and dynamic customers. Under the Company’s Horizonext strategy, this smart city car has been developed under three core pillars of Designext, Drivenext and Connectnext and is targeted at the young and young at heart.

About the GenX Nano:

DESIGNEXT: With the GenX Nano, Tata Motors has introduced a new Infinity design theme, in which, the well sculpted front and rear bumpers come with an Infinity motif grille giving the car a solid and planted look. The 94 Litre boot-space in the AMT and 110 Litre boot- space in the MT version can now be accessed more easily, through the openable hatch. Stylish interiors will be available in fresh and first-in-segment* colour themes. It is equipped with the new generation Tata signature steering wheel which adds to the new-age feel of the driver’s cockpit. The car will come in seven exciting colours - Sangria Red (NEW), Persian Rose (NEW), Pearl White, Meteor Silver, Royal Gold, Dazzle Blue and Damson Purple.

DRIVENEXT: The new range comprises of five variants, three with a four-speed manual transmission (XE, XM, XT) and two variants (XMA, XTA) come equipped with a five-speed AMT gearbox which is branded as ’Easy Shift’ Automated Manual Transmission. The GenX Nano is powered by a 624cc, multi-point fuel injected, water cooled, naturally aspirated, 2 cylinder gasoline engine with 2 valves per cylinder. The engine produces 38PS power @ 5500 RPM and 51 Nm torque @ 4000 RPM.
The GenX Nano ’Easy Shift’ AMT has an option of ’Sports’ mode for performance oriented drivers. For ease of maneuverability in heavy traffic and during parking, ’Easy Shift’ AMT comes with an in-built ’creep’ feature, which helps the car to crawl as soon as the pressure is eased off the brake pedal, without pressing the accelerator. The GenX Nano continues to have the Electric Power Assisted Steering (ePAS) designed for light steering and for easy maneuvering in tight parking and driving situations in cities

The new range comes with advanced structural stability and offers safety features like crumple zone to cushion frontal impact, reinforced body structure for enhanced frontal crash safety, robust side doors with intrusion beams for side crash protection, anti-roll bar for high speed stability and SUV-like ground clearance of 180 mm to tackle those rough patches on Indian roads.

The GenX Nano comes with a 24 litre fuel tank and has fuel efficiency of 23.6 Kmpl and 21.9 Kmpl, for manual and AMT variants respectively (as per ARAI certification).

May 19, 2015
Tata Motors launches the GenX Nano range, its new compact hatch

A feature-rich range that comes with latest technological advancements and offers best-in-class technology and design engineering
Key highlights:
’Easy Shift’ Automated Manual Transmission with ’Sports’ mode for enhanced accelaration and ’creep’ feature for heavy traffic maneuverability and parking ease.
Comes with Electric Power Assisted Steering (ePAS), designed for light steering, for easy maneuvering in tight parking and driving situations in cities.
Latest in design - Infinity motif grille, smoked headlamps, Tata signature steering wheel, sporty integrated tailgate spoiler
Comes with a 24 litre fuel tank for longer driving range
Convenience of a 110L luggage space in the MT and class leading interior space with 4% better shoulder room and 6% better legroom than competition*
Connectivity features like BluetoothTM, CD, Radio, USB & AUX-in and first-in-segment* Digital Information Display
Enhanced Safety - crumple zone, intrusion beams, anti-roll bar and SUV-like ground clearance
New range with Five variants - XE, XM, XT with Manual Transmission, XMA and XTA with Easy Shift AMT, catering to various needs of customer
The Nano continues to innovate and evolve in line with the needs of its customers. Taking the spirit of innovation further, Tata Motors today announced the launch of all-new GenX Nano range, a new compact, feature-rich hatchback for the trendy, youthful, bold and stylish customer. The new GenX Nano comes with advanced technological features which strengthens its value proposition, making it the perfect city car. The GenX Nano will be available for sale, across the country in over 450 Tata Motors sales outlets, from today.
The GenX Nano comes with a starting price of INR. 1.99 Lakhs, for the XE variant and goes upto INR 2.49 Lakhs, for the XT variant, in Manual Transmission. The Company has introduced two variants – XMA and XTA with ‘Easy Shift’ Automated Manual Transmission. The XMA variant will be made-to-order and will be available for sales from August 2015. The XMA variant is priced at INR. 2.69 Lakhs and the top-end, XTA variant is priced at INR 2.89 Lakhs and is available post the national launch. All prices are Ex-showroom, Delhi.
Unveiling the GenX Nano at the launch ceremony - Mr. Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors Ltd., said, "The Nano has put India on the world motoring map by demonstrating innovation and frugal engineering. It continues to remain an important brand in our passenger vehicle portfolio and we have been constantly evolving the product to deliver the most relevant city car features like Easy Shift, Power Steering, the Hatch access, Bluetooth connectivity and so on, for the Indian market. The new GenX Nano is a smart, stylish, efficient and a practical city car which has strong potential in the compact hatch segment. After Zest and Bolt, the GenX Nano is our third offering under Horizonext and we continue to reach out to our customers with feature-rich products that offer best-in-class technology and design engineering."
The GenX Nano was conceived around two years ago, as a result of constant feedback from existing and potential consumers. The new range has been designed and developed by Tata Motors and its supplier teams to meet world-class quality standards and bring sheer driving pleasure to the young and dynamic customers. Under the Company’s Horizonext strategy, this smart city car has been developed under three core pillars of Designext, Drivenext and Connectnext and is targeted at the young and young at heart.
About the GenX Nano:
DESIGNEXT: With the GenX Nano, Tata Motors has introduced a new Infinity design theme, in which, the well sculpted front and rear bumpers come with an Infinity motif grille giving the car a solid and planted look. The 94 Litre boot-space in the AMT and 110 Litre boot- space in the MT version can now be accessed more easily, through the openable hatch. Stylish interiors will be available in fresh and first-in-segment* colour themes. It is equipped with the new generation Tata signature steering wheel which adds to the new-age feel of the driver’s cockpit. The car will come in seven exciting colours - Sangria Red (NEW), Persian Rose (NEW), Pearl White, Meteor Silver, Royal Gold, Dazzle Blue and Damson Purple.
DRIVENEXT: The new range comprises of five variants, three with a four-speed manual transmission (XE, XM, XT) and two variants (XMA, XTA) come equipped with a five-speed AMT gearbox which is branded as ’Easy Shift’ Automated Manual Transmission. The GenX Nano is powered by a 624cc, multi-point fuel injected, water cooled, naturally aspirated, 2 cylinder gasoline engine with 2 valves per cylinder. The engine produces 38PS power @ 5500 RPM and 51 Nm torque @ 4000 RPM.
The GenX Nano ’Easy Shift’ AMT has an option of ’Sports’ mode for performance oriented drivers. For ease of maneuverability in heavy traffic and during parking, ’Easy Shift’ AMT comes with an in-built ’creep’ feature, which helps the car to crawl as soon as the pressure is eased off the brake pedal, without pressing the accelerator. The GenX Nano continues to have the Electric Power Assisted Steering (ePAS) designed for light steering and for easy maneuvering in tight parking and driving situations in cities.
The new range comes with advanced structural stability and offers safety features like crumple zone to cushion frontal impact, reinforced body structure for enhanced frontal crash safety, robust side doors with intrusion beams for side crash protection, anti-roll bar for high speed stability and SUV-like ground clearance of 180 mm to tackle those rough patches on Indian roads.

The GenX Nano comes with a 24 litre fuel tank and has fuel efficiency of 23.6 Kmpl and 21.9 Kmpl, for manual and AMT variants respectively (as per ARAI certification).
CONNECTNEXT: Targeted for the youth, the GenX Nano also comes loaded with connectivity features — four speakers with surround sound effect mated to AmphiStream™ music system. This AmphiStream™ music system is compatible with first-in-segment, Bluetooth™, CD, Radio, USB and AUX-in options for today’s connected generation. The car also comes with Digital Information Display with features like Average & Instantaneous Fuel Consumption^, Distance to Empty & Gear Shift Indicator^.

Tata Motors has also introduced a wide range of specially designed GenX Nano accessories like Door Visors, Sunroof, Art Leather Seat Covers, Decals, Body kit, Reverse Parking Sensors, Remote Controlled Hatch Release etc., which will also be available at the dealerships.

With all these features, the GenX Nano is the coolest compact hatch in town and also comes with low cost-of-ownership. The Company will continue to offer the new range with the best-in-segment warranty of 4 years or 60,000 km (whichever is earlier).

The GenX Marketing
Tata Motors launched an exclusive and exciting campaign in April 2015 for all existing Nano Customers called, Power of 1+1 programme. Through this unique programme, Nano owners were offered the best market price for their old Nanos and were also offered a special bonus of INR. 20,000 in addition to the price of the old car. Additionally, Nano customers could also enroll into a referral programme, through which they would be awarded a cash prize of INR 5,000 for every referral. Due to an encouraging response, the Company will extend this programme till 30th June.
For GenX Nano, the company has a well-rounded micro-marketing strategy in place to cater to three broad customer groups, identified as the key Nano customers - the First Time Buyer, The Additional Car Buyer and The Replacement (Solus) Car buyer. This approach will encompass using various channels including television ads, print ads, digital & social media, mobile marketing, experiential marketing in urban and in emerging markets and dealership activations. Besides the Nano, the Company will also innovate in each of these platforms like motion-gesture technology on digital to ensure an exciting and effective communication package.

Tata Motors has also tied-up with preferred financial partners for attractive interest rates on car loans.

With the launch of Zest and Bolt, a new profile of customers has been visiting Tata Motors showrooms. The Passenger Vehicles Business has witnessed a growth in the last 4 months and in April 2015 has recorded the highest growth at 37%. With the addition of the GenX Nano in the offering, the Company is all geared to expand its sales network from around 450 outlets to 1,500 outlets in the next 5 years. This year, the Company will add 200 outlets, across the country.
Tata Motors has a clear vision to be the most-admired by our valued customers, employees, business partners and shareholders for the rich and value-added experience the Company provides. As part of the Tata Motors’ Passenger Vehicle transformation, changing customer needs commands a lot of attention. Hence, enhancing the purchase experience for customers is an intrinsic part of customer engagement process at Tata Motors.

To book the GenX Nano online, customers can visit: https://bookonline.tatamotors.com/book-a-car/nano

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