Tata Pelican RWD to launch in 2016 with 1.0 L petrol, 800 cc diesel engine
Tata Pelican is being developed on X302 platform, which means it will be a slightly bigger and better Nano, not to mention it will be a Rear Wheel Drive vehicle. Ratan Tata’s dream project, Tata Nano, may not have soared, but the company has more or less the same goals for the Pelican. It will rival Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon for starters, sitting just above Nano, but will be offered with petrol and a diesel option.
Petrol engine for Tata Pelican will be a one litre unit, while diesel mill will have displacement of 800 cc (the one that was expected to feature in Nano diesel). Considering downtrend of Nano nameplate, Tata Motors is believed to have killed the Nano diesel project. Ergo, Tata Pelican diesel, the most affordable diesel car to be.
Tata Motors has given its suppliers a modest monthly sales target of 2,500 units, which is just about double the current sales of Nano. Pelican will be manufactured at Sanand plant in Gujarat, where Nano is being produced at around 6.5 percent utilisation (the plant can churn out around 20,000 units a month).
Via – Business Standard