Piaggio is developing a low cost city car which would take the fight to the Tata Nano. The NT3 is expected to be launched by 2013 and will be priced at Rs. 1.5 lakhs. The NT3 is based around the the basic characteristics of the ape. The Piaggio NT3 has a length of only 2.4 metres (the width of the NT3 Concept is 1,500 mm and the height is 1,600mm), which makes it easy to park and maneuver in traffic. In the people carrier version, optimisation of the spaces guarantees full accommodations for three people thanks to the innovative three seat configuration with center driving position. The NT3 is expected to deliver a mileage of 30 km with one liter of fuel.
The Piaggio NT3 Concept can have three different engines, all conceived for maximum environmental compatibility while still guaranteeing suitable performance for the vehicle’s mission. The 200cc engine is characterised by significantly reduced costs of operation, consumption and polluting emissions. The 300cc engine, based on the consolidated technology of the Piaggio Mp3 three-wheeled scooter, provides brilliant performance in the internal combustion 300cc version. The 300 hybrid engine version integrates – as with the new Piaggio Mp3 300 Hybrid – the traditional low environmental impact internal-combustion powertrain with the zero emissions electric powertrain with performance equal to the 300cc internal combustion (80 km/hour max speed) and a speed of 30 km/hour in the ZEV “electric only” mode.
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