Tata Motors has been planning to introduce the world’s cheapest car, Nano in a new avatar for quite some time. Many a times, spy photographers have managed to capture this ‘in progress’ Tata Nano while on test runs around the country. Tata has revealed that they will be launching two new variants of Nano, one petrol and one diesel. The new petrol Nano will be powered by a 800cc engine, while the diesel will have a 3 cylinder engine, capacity of which is yet unknown.
This 800cc petrol Nano is scheduled to be released by end of 2013 while the diesel option will also be launched around the same time. Pricing for petrol Nano 800 is expected to be around Rs.2.5 lakhs. It will compete with New Alto 800 from Maruti Suzuki and the Hyundia Eon. Diesel Nano will be priced from approximately Rs 3.5 lakhs.
Tata Motors first launched the Nano in 2009. Though the company expected a resounding success due to its low pricing, the vehicle has failed to meet expectations. November 2012 sales fell way below standards as sales during the month touched 3,500 as against launch target of 25,000.
The new Tata Nano in a diesel option is just what the Indian car buyers need and hence the company’s decision to bring in such an option. The upcoming Tata Nano with its diesel engine was spotted on test around Pune. Speculations reveal that this vehicle with its 700cc oil burner would be capable of a remarkable mileage of 40 kmpl which is what the company expects to attract a fair share of buyers.