Tata Motors has not given up on the Nano yet and would be launching the car’s new version – Tata Nano GenX on 19th May. It is more or less confirmed what the new Nano will bring to the table and it is indeed pleasing what the engineers have done with the car. Tata has ironed out all the flaws of the old car and the new car is just right.
Design and Exteriors
The Nano was never a bad design in terms of looks, the silhouette of the car was indeed very pleasing and beautiful to look at. However, a non functional boot lid was one of its major flaw and access to the boot space via rear door was a bit impractical. The new car though has a functioning boot lid and provides direct access to the boot.
Considering the exterior design, the Nano comes across as well rounded and polished in comparison to the Alto. Generally, the sharp edges and lines somehow work better if they are on a large car, the Alto, despite being visibly sharp does not look as pleasing as the Nano.
The new Nano has large headlights as the last generation car which indeed looks great; they have been blackened from the inside which makes them stand out distinctively.
Interiors and Features
The Alto 800 interior, together with the instrument cluster and dashboard are a cut above than the Nano. The driver centric instrument cluster looks better than the centrally placed instrument cluster on the Nano. Although, both the cars use same black and beige theme, the quality of plastics and design is better of the Alto.
The steering on the Nano has been borrowed from the Zest and looks chunky and fresh. The seats are comfortable on both these cars. To get in and out of the Alto is a difficult task as compared to the Nano which makes ingress and egress easy due to it tallboy design. The Nano has a boot space of 110 litres which is not as great as the Alto’s 177 litre boot.
Engine and Transmission
The Nano uses the same small engine of 624cc capacity which produces the power output of 38bhp at 5400rpm and torque output of 51Nm at 4200rpm. The power output is sufficient considering the light weight of the car. Overall the engine feels eager and the car is nimble.
The major modification on the Nano is the inclusion of an automatic manual transmission which makes it a perfect city car. The lack of clutch makes it fun and easy to ride. Despite automatic transmission that the car uses, it manages to deliver a combined mileage of 21.9kmpl.
The Alto’s more potent 998cc motor delivers impressive figures of power and torque (67.1bhp at 6000rpm and 90 at 3500rpm). One area, where cars from Maruti generally do not disappoint is – Mileage, Alto is no different. The engine and the automatic transmission on the Alto are very efficient and the car delivers an impressive mileage of 24.7kmpl.
It seems that the Tata has finally got the Nano right. The option of automatic transmission and extremely compact dimensions, perhaps, makes it the best city car to buy in India. Alto is not a disappointment but far from it. However, it certainly is not as charming as the Nano. The Nano makes a perfect car for the small family and should certainly beat the Alto in competition only if Tata manages to price it right.