Tata Nano is manufactured in 6 variants in India in the form of 5 petrol cars and 1 CNG car. The hatchback comes in 9 colours, namely, Cornflower Blue, Dazzle Blue, Meteor Silver, Mojito Green, Papaya Orange, Pearl White, Rouge Red, Royal Gold and Serene White. The Tata Nano was launched in 2009 and it created a hype as the ‘world’s cheapest car’ in the market, but its sales started reducing once the same strategy went against the brand. Owing to various updates and variations, the new Nano GenX AMT had replaced the entire line up with a couple of cosmetic updates and an AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox. The interior is now modern and advanced with new interior trims and plenty of additional features.
Subjected to compelling touchups, the new Nano GenX is more athletic than the old model. The car sports new smoke headlamps with black bezel and large circular fog lamps, front and rear bumpers with infinity motif grille, a piano black hood garnish and integrated tailgate spoiler while retaining its original shape. The open-able boot lid has given the car new meaning. Sangria Red – is another new color added along with the regular shades.
INTERIOR & FEATURES
The new GenX has become a lot elite and an upper class product due to the fresh changes . It has the new-generation Tata signature electric power-assisted steering wheel with active return function and speed sensitivity, and first-in-division color themes. It also include Zest/ Bolt-inspired steering, first-in-segment digital information display, an Amphistream music system with USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity, surround sound effect with 4-speakers, externally adjustable ORVMs, front power windows, new interior trims, central locking remote and burglar alarm among other additions.
The new improved Tata Nano GenX, continues to be run by the same old 624cc, two-cylinder MPFI petrol engine that gives a maximum power of 38bhp and a peak torque of 51Nm. However, it’s more polished and frugal than the old unit due to the new cylinder head and aluminum block. A 4-speed manual transmission is available on XM and XE trims, while the 5-speed AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox is offered on EasyShift Automatic XMA and XTA variants.
A fuel efficiency of 25.35 km/kg, is given by the 624 cc CNG model, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 21.9 kmpl, respectively.
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
The hatchback is more concentrated and frugal with improved NVH levels. Conveying acceptable performance, the car runs well at sedate speed. Drivability is quite impressive with AMT gearbox, but fails to deliver a quick progress. Moreover, the hatchback offers a range of over 450kms with improved fuel tank capacity (24-litres). Handling and driving dynamics is further improved by the light steering, anti-roll for high speed stability and SUV-like ground clearance. Though, the ride quality is good, but it gets vivacious on rough terrains.
Due to the larger fuel tank capacity, open-able hatch and a concentrated engine, the Gen X is better than the old one and the most fuel efficient and affordable car to buy. Sadly, the braking performance and handling are not up to the mark. Whereas, the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, has basic designs and features, coupled with efficient engine.