Addressing the feedback from customers about the difficult access to the boot, the automaker has now provided the Tata Nano with a functioning tail gate. Tata Motors showcased the new variant with the functional tail gate at the 2014 Auto Expo and have christened it as the Tata Nano Twist Active. The company has been working on making an opening tail gate since 2009 and is now finally ready to launch the product in the market.
Tata Motors received several complaints about the inaccessibility to reach the luggage space from the rear seats. The opening tail gate will function the same way like in any other car and also receives the ‘Twist Active’ moniker to distinguish it from other models. However, the opening tail gate has added an extra 80 kgs of weight to the car (due to the strengthening required to the body), which has marginally hampered the fuel economy (the tank capacity has been increased from 15-litres to 25-litres).
The Nano Twist Active also gets the speed sensitive power steering developed by ZF for hassle free driving, the same unit was recently offered in the Nano Twist. The Nano Twist Active will be available on the higher trims only and is priced at a little premium over the other models. Tata offers a load of customisation options on the Twist Active as well.
The other model on display along with Nano Twist Active is the Tata Nano Automatic. The automatic hatchback has been showcased to gauge feedback and is mostly likely to be launched next year. The Nano automatic will feature a CVT or an automated manual transmission (AMT) much similar to the one found on the newly launched Maruti Celerio, making the Nano the cheapest automatic of India. With an opening tail gate, power steering and an automatic transmission, the Nano will be the perfect city car with its compact size, small turning radius and high ground clearance.