Nano AMT test vehicle has smiley like front and rear bumpers, proving a major overhaul of its profile. The ends of frontal parabolic vent grille encase repositioned round shaped fog lamps. Headlamp assembly is coated in black in places other than light reflector area (black bezel). Integrated turn indicators are provided with clear lenses and chrome borderlines.
Most importantly, keyhole to unlock boot hatch door is clearly visible and the trapezium shaped recess looks like the rear fog lamp is moved up. Rear hatch door has slightly different panel design. Seems the whole package was not just an easy tweak for Tata, hope this doesn’t call for extra budget.
Tata Nano Twist Active could be this variant’s label, showcased in 2014 Auto Expo earlier this year. Besides openable boot and redesigned bumpers, Twist Active is expected to feature EPS (Electric Power Steering) as seen in Nano Twist XT, a 24 litre fuel tank (in place of 15 litre one in present models), Infinity Motif seat cover, colour coordinated trims on dashboard, new gear lever and upgraded 3 spoke steering wheel.
Tata is in the works of launching Zest compact sedan next month, spy shots of which keep surfacing on the internet. Tata Zest is expected to be the second AMT equipped vehicle in Indian market, and the first diesel powered compact sedan. With Nano AMT also coming soon, Tata could wriggle its way back to being a worthy opponent to segment victors, and gradually reclaim its lost market share.
The spied ultra small car was spotted on L&T bypass road – NH-47 just outside Coimbatore city. It could possibly be owned and tested by Jeyam Automotive, Tata Motors’ key engine and vehicle testing service provider in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.