Of all automobile projects across the globe, Tata Nano might possibly be the most ambitious one. And why shouldn't it be? After all, the idea of Rs 1 lakh car was one of its kind! The project was the brainchild of Ratan Tata, then MD and Chairman of Tata Motors. And coming from one of the most reputed automobile houses in India, it ought to be good.
But things didn't go well with the car and all the preconceived notions about the car were broken soon. The most affordable car globally suffered from lots of practicality issues and one of the most ambitious project soon headed to oblivion. And now Tata motors is trying to give a new life to the Nano. Although this is not the first time Tata will try to give a new life to the Nano, as they launched the Twist to revive the sales last year.
This third attempt is aimed to bring the Nano back on the car buyers' radar. What all can be expected from the GenX Nano, as they say it and what all changes Tata is putting in the new Nano - we will discuss in detail below.
Most Affordable AMT
Automatic gearbox, although not new to the world, is yet to be accepted on a wide scale in India. While high-end cars have been bestowed with automatic gearboxes, they never made its way to affordable cars until recently. Companies like Maruti and Tata started fiddling around the idea of the most affordable AMT (automated manual gearbox) in their cars.
Maruti hits the eureka moment with the all-new Alto K10, which became the most affordable AMT car to be offered anywhere around the globe. But this position is destined to change with the launch of the Tata Nano AMT on the GenX model. We have seen what the technology from Tata do to a car in the Tata Zest and we hope this gearbox will take the Nano to a new height, hopefully.
Fully Functional Boot
The major difference that forces a person to move from two-wheeler to a four-wheeler is the practicality. A budget car is aimed to transport 4-5 people and luggage easily which is where the Tata Nano lagged a lot. In the previous iterations of Nano, the only way one could access the boot was by folding the rear seat. Apart from that, the luggage compartment in the bonnet was again very small and had essentials like the fuel cap and the spare wheel. This was a major let down and hence Tata decided to give the GenX Nano a fully functional boot at the rear with an openable tailgate. The boot is rumored to be around 110 litres in the manual version while 95 litres in the automatic version.
The Nano GenX is about to get revamped interiors with all-new digital instrument cluster with all the basic information in place. Also, the music system will get Bluetooth support for phones and essentials like AC and power windows will grace this entry-level budget hatchback. Apart from the features, the cabin quality is also said to be improved, and the same could be said about the seat materials. It could even give tough fight to Datsun Go and Maruti Alto in terms of the cabin quality and features.
Improved NVH levels
The very first thing one noticed in the Tata Nano was the noises it used to produce, both inside and outside the cabin. The rear placed engine suffered from noticeable vibrations. That said, Tata Motors is said to have worked on this aspect and the Noise, Vibration and Harshness should be improved as a result. So expect a silent and vibration free cabin.
New Steering System
Another change in the new Tata Nano will be an all-new power steering. Tata offered the power steering in the Nano Twist for the first time and it was good enough. But the response was still slow and Tata will give the new Nano a more smooth and responsive steering.
While these all are presumptions, the new Nano will be developed around these major changes only. Apart from it, the new Nano is expected to get improved structural rigidity, better mileage figures and better engine refinement.
We will get to you all the latest updates from the Nano GenX unveiling, so watch this space. Also, click here to know more about the current generation Tata Nano in detail!