Tata Nano is the revolutionary small hatchback from the house of Tata Motors, which was introduced in 2008. The Nano was launched with lots of expectation, but the small car couldn’t cash on the hype it created before launch. World’s cheapest car couldn’t fetch in desired sales figure. But interestingly, Tata Motors’ didn’t give up on the Nano. Despite being not so successful car Tata Motors constantly tried to improve the Nano, and later launched the GenX Nano. Now the Tata Motors is set to introduce the Tata Nano Pelican, which will be a heavily redesigned version of the small hatchback.
Expect the Tata Nano Pelican to be based on the Tata Nano Europa Concept showcased at 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The Tata Nano Pelican also bears the design cues from Tata Nano Twist Active Concept. This small hatchback will be positioned between the GenX Nano and the Tata Tiago. The Nano Pelican sports significant changes at exterior and inside the cabin compare to the standard Nano. The Nano Pelican is expected to come with mechanical changes as well.
Recently a test mule of the Tata Nano Pelican was spied near Pune, which suggests the car might come out of cover in near future.
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In 2012 Tata Motors’ then Chairman Ratan Tata told in an interview about the ambition of the automaker to launch a Nano with larger and more powerful engine, larger wheels. Taking the cue from that ambition the Tata Nano Pelican comes sporting redesigned headlamps. The front overhang of the Tata Nano is very short, and the Nano Pelican comes with a revised engine hood. Despite being heavily covered with the camouflage the Nano Pelican comes distinguished than the outgoing Nano. The fuel filter inlet and washer has been repositioned for the front windshield. The front bumper has been redesigned and the wider air intake sports diamond pattern grille.
Apart from that the car also sports larger 13 inch wheel caps. The glass area is expected to come completely blackened out. The rear profile sports a spoiler like part atop the boot lid, the rear bumper sports a muscular appearance with a wider air vent. The taillamps are positioned vertically. Although Tata Motors is tight lipped about the Nano Pelican, but the car might come with different dimensional figures compare to the outgoing model.
The interior of the outgoing Tata Nano is pretty interesting with the instrument cluster at the center saving space and money. The Nano Pelican would come different although. The dashboard sports a completely different approach. In fact the interior of the Nano Pelican sports more differences compare to the outgoing Nano. The Nano Pelican has been designed inspired by the Tata Motors’ IMPACT design language. The centre console sports a similar appearance like Tata Tiago. The instrument cluster now comes positioned just behind the steering wheel instead of at the centre position of the dashboard. Additionally the Harman developed infotainment system looks exactly similar to the Tata Tiago. Despite being such a small car Tata Nano sports sufficient headroom and leg space, which would continue in the Nano Pelican as well.
Tata Nano Pelican would sport a larger and more powerful engine compare to the outgoing model. Presently the outgoing Tata Nano collects power from a 624 cc engine which churns out 38 PS of peak power and 51 Nm of peak torque. The new larger displacement three cylinder engine will pump out 60 PS of peak power. Expect the transmission duty to be done by usual manual gearbox and it might also come with an Easy Gear Shift technology or AMT gearbox, which is available in the GenX Nano as well.
Expect the pricing of the car to be around INR. 2.50 lakh.
Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 has been launched recently in its facelift avatar, which looks appealing and similar to the Alto K10. Power source for the car is a 0.8 litre petrol engine paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox. The price for the compact hatchback ranges between INR. 2.49 lakh to INR. 3.34 lakh.
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No wonder, Tata Nano have always been in discussion even without being a popular model in Indian market. With the number of entry level hatchbacks rising in the country the Tata Nano Pelican will surely make the Nano legacy alive again.
Source: Autocar India