The Tata Nano Pelican has been spotted testing in the outskirts of Pune. It will get various exteriors as well as interiors upgradations, and will be positioned between the entry-level Nano and the recently launched Tata Tiago.
The Nano Pelican here will reportedly be making its launch in 2017, and compete against the likes of the Alto 800, Renault Kwid, Hyundai Eon and the Datsun RediGO. Staying true to the statement of its former chairman of Tata Motors, Ratan Tata’s that –
“We have variants coming out, with a three-cylinder engine developing 61hp or 81hp and we will also give the Nano larger tyres and wheels.”
The car seen in the spyshots almost confirms the above statement, and clearly reveals the company’s futuristic plans to develop Tata Nano’s variants in order to make it more marketable. Based on the regular Nano platform, the design seems to be borrowed from the Nano Europa concept. The major change is the re-positioned fuel filler inlet moved from under the bonnet to the right hand side rear quarter panel.
The dashboard is all-new borrowed from the Tiago, the instrument cluster no longer sits in the middle of the dashboard, but has been moved to the more conventional position behind the steering wheel. The steering wheel and the side air conditioner vents are similar to the ones on the GenX Nano. Other features like the central AC vents, and the Harman ConnectNext infotainment system have been carried from the Tiago.
Needless to say, the Nano Pelican will get a bigger motor and more equipments. It is reported to feature a 3-cylinder petrol engine producing 60 BHP or 80 BHP mated either to a new 5-speed manual transmission or AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) gearbox. If it turns out to be true, this update will be a significant upgrade over the current model’s 624 cc engine that only produces 37 BHP power and 51 Nm torque.
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