Tata Motors is planning to revive the Nano by fitting in a bigger 1.0-litre petrol motor to take on the Maruti Suzuki Alto. The big news is that the company is also planning to stretch the Nano into a compact sedan. Reports say that Tata Motors is working on a 996cc petrol motor to replace the current 624cc unit powering the Nano. In order to support the bigger engine, Tata Motors are working on strengthening the Nano’s chassis.
The Tata Nano compact sedan is likely to carry forward the same styling from the hatchback, we don’t expect any major styling updates on the sedan and yes, it will measure less than 4-metres, in order to price the sedan aggressively. Recently we heard that the Nano will be upgraded with an 800cc 3-cylinder engine, although Tata Motors haven’t confirmed on any upgrades yet, apart from the diesel and CNG variant of the Nano, which is expected to roll out in the next few months.
While the Tata Nano sedan will require extensive re-working due to the rear-engine layout, we feel Tata Motors can bring out a sedan version of the Nano, given the high appeal a three-box vehicle has in India. These renderings by MotorBeam specialist Anupam Singh Parihar of the Nano CS shows the vehicle to be quite plausible.
We have heard unending rumors about different avatars of the Nano, but if the reports for the Nano sedan come to be true, this move from the car maker can help the product make a better presence in the Indian market. If the plan works out well for the company, we can see the cheapest sedan running on our roads soon. Currently, Tata Motors is offering the Nano only in a single avatar, which runs on a 624cc, 2-cylinder petrol unit churning out 37 BHP of power and 51 Nm of torque and starts with a price tag of Rs. 1,50,000/- (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Source – HindustanTimes