As per a press release posted at the Tata Motors site, the much-awaited Tata Nano will be launched in Mumbai on March 23rd 2009.
Thousands of customers are awaiting the launch of the Tata Nano due to its economical price of Rs.1,00,000 to Rs.1.5 lakhs [ex-showroom]. The cars will be on display at Tata Motors dealerships from the first week of April 2009. Bookings will commence from the second week of April 2009. Customers can log on to the official website and provide details of their individual tastes.
Tata Motors’ small car is to be sold at a price of US $ 2500 approx.
with a 623 cc rear engine and rear wheel drive, and has a fuel economy
It will be available in following 3 variants:
The Base model will feature Seat Belts, Engine opening through rear bumper, Speedometer, Odometer, High mounted Rear Stop lamp, Centrally placed exhaust, Only Driver seat adjust-sliding and reclining, Fixed front passenger seat, Folding Rear Seats, 2-Spoke Steering wheel, Grey bumpers and interiors, Driver side Outside rear view mirror.
The CX will feature AC, Tinted glasses, Metallic paint along with the features of Base Nano. The top end LX model will come with following features in addition to the features in CX:
- Front Power windows
- Central Locking
- Front and Rear fog lamps
- 3-Spoke Steering wheel
- Moulded door trim with fabric inserts
- Floor console with glass holder
- Anti-Glare inside rear view mirror
- Sunvisors on both sides
All the models will come with 18 Months or 24,000 kms whichever is earlier. It will be available in 6 colors – Bright Red, Ivory White, Summer Blue, Champagne Gold, Lunar Silver and Sunshine Silver
Nano has been designed with a family in mind, has a roomy passenger compartment with generous leg space and head room. It can comfortably seat four persons. Four doors with high seating position make ingress and egress easy.
With a length of 3099mm, width of 1495mm, height of 1620mm and with adequate ground clearance, it can effortlessly manoeuvre on busy roads in cities as well as in rural areas.
Its mono-volume design, with wheels at the corners and the powertrain at the rear, enables it to uniquely combine both space and manoeuvrability, which sets a new benchmark among small cars.
Nano has a rear mounted , all-aluminium, two-cylinder, 624 cc, multi point fuel injection petrol engine which develops maximum power of 35 Bhp at 5500 rpm with maxiumum torque of 48 Nm at 3000 rpm. This is the first time that a two-cylinder petrol engine is being used in a car with single balancer shaft.
The lean design strategy has helped minimise weight, which helps maximise performance per unit of energy consumed and delivers high fuel efficiency. Performance is controlled by a specially designed electronic engine management system.
Due to rear mounted engine the luggage space has been pushed to the front. Making the engine closer to the fuel tank has another advantage of increased fuel efficiency.
Rear mounted engine also help in reducing the power loss during transmission. Nano has front disk and rear drum brakes. The company claims mileage of 22 kmpl in city and 26 kmpl on highway.
By adhering to the fact that less weight requires less power, Nano is made of light weighing steel. This has made the Tatas come up with a cheap alternative with out compromising on safety and performance.
With an all sheet-metal body, it has a strong passenger compartment, with safety features such as crumple zones, intrusion-resistant doors, seat belts, strong seats and anchorages, and the rear tailgate glass bonded to the body.
Tubeless tyres further enhance safety. It exceeds current regulatory requirements with a strong passenger compartment, crumple zones, intrusion resistant doors, seat belts, strong seats and anchorage.
How Tata Nano Saves cost?
- No Radio, Power windows, air conditioning, anti lock brakes, air bags, remote locks or power steering.
- Rear wheel drive: manually actuated 4-speed trans axle that gives the car better fuel efficiency
- Wheel Bearing: Wheel bearing is strong enough to drive the car at 72kmph but would quickly wear out at higher speeds.
- Analogue speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge.
- Single windscreen wiper
Speed of Tata Nano:
Top speed – 105kmph
- Length: 3.1m
- Height: 1.6 m
- Width: 1.5 m
Engine specifications for Tata Nano:
- Rear-wheel drive
- 2-cylinder, 624 cc
- 33 bhp
- Multi point fuel injection petrol engine.
- Engine is rear mounted.
- 1st time a 2-cylinder gasoline engine was being used in a car with single balancer shaft.
- Anti-vibe balancer shaft
Safety features for Tata Nano – The 1 Lakh car:
- Sheet metal body
- Crumple zones
- Intrusion resistant doors
- Seat belts
- Strong seats and anchorages
- Rear tailgate glass bonded to the body.
- Tubeless Tyres
How green is Tata Nano?
- Tailpipe emission exceeds current regulatory requirements
- Lower overall pollution level than two-wheelers
- Fuel efficient (20 km/litre), ensures low carbon dioxide emissions.
- Holds Battery
- Wind-Shield washer bottle
- Room for single suitcase
- Spare wheel