Recently a Team-BHP member named Parrys has spotted the Tata Nano CNG variant doing the trail-run in South Mumbai. According to the same, the CNG tank is placed under the driver/passenger seat and the inlet for CNG and petrol are in the same place so it can be filled through the bonnet.
The CNG variant of Tata Nano was first showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo held at New Delhi earlier this-year. The CNG system is well incorporated in the car without compromising on the luggage space. The new system will also enable in quick switching between the two fuels. As far as safety is concerned, a leak detection system which will be able to detect the leakage and automatically cut off the CNG supply.
The Nano currently has a mileage of 25 kmpl (ARAI Certified), and according to some internet sources the Nano CNG will come with a 35 litre CNG tank and together with a standard 15 litre petrol tank. The touring range on CNG alone will be 150km.
The Tata Nano CNG is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2013 and will be priced around Rs. 20,000 more than the regular petrol variant. Currently Tata Nano is priced in the range of Rs. 1.59 lakh to Rs. 2.20 lakh (all prices on-road, New Delhi). Considering that the demand for CNG is rising in India, it sure seems that Tata Motors has the winner on its hand.
What we say? Other reports seem to suggest that Tata Motors busy with the development of a diesel engine for the Nano. Specs could be a sub 800cc engine with CRDI technology from Bosch and it is expected to be launched by May-2013.
Source – Team-BHP