Tata Nano Twist AMT F-Tronic spied testing with equipment on wheels
Tata Nano automatic variant sporting F-Tronic Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) similar to the kit seen in Maruti Celerio, is spotted testing with a measuring equipment mounted on rear (driving) wheels and supported on C-pillar.
Same test mule was spotted earlier Chiplun, Maharashtra with identical test kit mounted on wheels. The apparatus could be used to measure horsepower on road after various losses such as friction on tires, aerodynamic resistance and such. It could also be used to analyse behaviour / after effects of AMT on Tata Nano, as the car could be just the second one to equip AMT for Tata (first being Zest) and third for Indian car market.
Considering underwhelming response for Nano brand, Tata Motors need to prove in terms of quality and reliability, which wasn’t their USP. Starting Tata Zest compact sedan, the Indian automaker is making efforts to turn the scene around and has gone a step ahead in improving their brand image. Launch of Nano Twist with power steering did receive positive impact; sales has been considerably higher than older model, largely due to its compelling price tag.
Tata Nano Twist Active with redesigned front and rear bumpers, and openable tailgate is expected to launch by end of 2014, along with Nano Twist AMT F-Tronic. Launch price of Nano Twist Active could fall in range of Rs. 2.38 lakhs to Rs. 2.45 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi); that of Nano AMT could be Rs. 2.50 lakhs to Rs. 2.65 lakhs, making it the most affordable automatic passenger vehicle.