Tata Nano Petrol Review
Spacious and ComfortableThursday, June 20, 2013
In 2009, the Indian car market witnessed the cheapest car ever launched by any motor company, Nano from prestigious Tata Group. It made its first appearance at Delhi Auto Expo in 2008 and received a great attention of buyers and sellers. Its biggest challenge was to compete with Maruti Suzuki Alto but as clearly the record showed that its sale was negligible compared to Alto and people preferred even used Alto or Maruti 800 as compared to Nano. So, Tata launched all new Nano in 2012 again with some improvements. Its outside body is 8 percent smaller and inside space is 23 percent larger than Maruti 800 and the top variant includes central locking, fog lights, digital trip-meter, tinted glass, front power windows, AC with heater and body colored bumpers.
Tata also launched some special edition models of Nano which includes designer alloy wheels, audio system with USB and AUX support, body graphics and twin-glove box worth INR 25,000 accessories absolutely free. It has a small bonnet with large clear lens headlamps and a big front windshield with single wiper. Its exterior look is almost similar to older Nano that made people highly disappointed in their expectations. It is given a slightly different look on sides with body colored door handles and tip-tap side mirrors on either side. It has a rear spoiler that gels really well with rear glass. The tyre size is R12. Its interior, on the other side, has shown some large-scale changes with applications of new stylish colors, headrests on front seats and built-in headrests on rear seats, dual trip meter and digital fuel gauge on central oval instrument cluster, three spoke steering wheel and long gear knob in top variant and better plastic quality.
These changes place Nano high above its competitors of similar range. As expected of Tata cars, it is way more spacious than other entry level cars and unlike Alto or 800, can easily occupy five persons at a time with great comfort. It has a huge beige colored dashboard with massive storage capability and folding rear seats. It does not include music system but a 12volt accessory socket is available on its gear shift console to play music gadgets after the installation of music system. For the first time, any car in India introduced a rear engine that is Nano which includes a re-tuned 624cc, two cylinder petrol engine. It produces maximum power of 37 bhp at 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 51 Nm at 4000 rpm and has a four speed gearbox. Tata Nano has a top speed of 105 kmph which is 30-35 kmph lesser than its competitors and can grasp 0-100 kmph in less than 29 seconds thus implying better performance in cities and crowded roads but lacks in terms of speed on highways. Nano provides a magnificent mileage of 25.35 kmpl which is 2 kmpl higher than its earlier version.
It has a high ground clearance of 180mm and minimum turning radius of 4m which is best for Indian roads and crowded cities. Tata Nano comes with improved NVH levels but still it makes noise and vibrates at high speeds. It has highly capable drum brakes at front and rear and also equipped with intrusion beam. Tata Nano is available in three variants and every variant is available in different shades, Tata Nano Standard is available in Aqua Blue, Rogue Red and Serene White, Tata Nano CX in Neon Rush, Papaya Orange, Champagne Gold, Serene White, Meteor Silver and Rogue Red and Tata Nano LX in Sunshine Yellow, Pearl White, Meteor Silver, Papaya Orange, Champagne Gold and Mojito Green. It comes with a warranty of 4 years or 60,000kms whichever comes first. Tata Nano, overall, seems a great car with high fuel efficiency and more spacious than any in its price range.
Tata Motors has launched the 2013 Nano in Indian market. It comes with minor styling updates like chrome strip upfront and below the hatch and new shades - Royal Gold, Dazzle Blue and Cornflower Blue. On the inside, it comes equipped with twin glove-box integrated into the dashboard, new USB compatible music system, key-less entry system, new design for seat upholstery, improved plastic quality and rear parcel with integrated speakers. On technical front, it now features easy steer technology which as per company makes Nano very easy to steer in comparison to other cars without power steering. Tata also unveiled the CNG variant of 2013 Nano and it will be sold as ‘Nano eMax’.