It is well known that Tata Motors is working on a diesel version of the Nano. The diesel avatar now seems closer to pre-production testing through these spy shots snapped by our friends at Rushlane. The 2014 diesel Tata Nano will be similar to the 2013 model except the change in engine. The current generation Nano is quite a refreshed makeover. The paint job is very striking, subtle changes have been made to the exterior and the interiors are beige. The diesel hearted Nano will, however, feature new front and rear bumper design. The front grille is wide and airy and continues up to the fog lamps on either side.
The diesel heart powering the Tata Nano will be a three-cylinder, 800cc unit. This engine will produce a maximum power of 47 BHP. The Nano diesel could be entitled as the most fuel efficient diesel car once it is launched. The diesel Nano will be sold alongside the current petrol version, which will continue with the two-cylinder, 37.5 BHP engine. While on one side we can expect the diesel Nano to emulate the interiors from the 2013 model. However, numerous cost cutting methods could have been employed to compensate the cost of a diesel engine and keep the overall price at an affordable level.
Tata Motors had showcased the Nano emax, the CNG version of the small car a few months back. The Nano emax is fitted with a 5 kg CNG tank which returns an ARAI certified mileage of 36 km/l. Carbon emissions are as low as 75 gm/km. The petrol version is doing just about average sales with increased numbers courtesy the 2013 model.
The diesel Nano is expected to do two things. One, it will complete the Tata Nano portfolio which will be petrol, diesel and CNG. Unless a hybrid version is also planned for the future. Second, it is expected to boost the sales of the Tata Nano. Although no official announcements about the launch yet, expect the Nano diesel to surface by early 2014 threatening sales of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800.
Spy Picture Source – Rushlane