Spied – IAB reader captures the Tata Nano diesel

Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 - 1:10pm IST

The Tata Nano’s ailing sales need a shot in the arm and we expect the upcoming diesel version to deliver exactly that.

Tata Nano diesel spied in satara frontTata Nano diesel spied in satara rear

The long overdue diesel model which was originally supposed to be out by now was reportedly marred by development bottlenecks. Tata has been testing the diesel Nano for quite long. The car is expected to be launched after the CNG version is released.

Mr. Shubham N. Ghute, our avid reader from Satara presents us this set of spyshots of the Tata Nano diesel which was spotted on the Pune to Satara highway. One of the wheels has “Diesel” written on it, making the decoding simpler for us!

Tata Nano diesel spied in satara tail lampsTata Nano diesel spied in satara wheel

The diesel engine which is expected to be a turbocharged 800cc unit could enable the lightweight hatchback to reclaim its title as India’s most fuel efficient car. We expect a 5-speed transmission to be mated to the oil burner.

Along with the new engine, the Nano is heading for a facelift and that explains the camouflaged front and rear fascias. The opening in front camouflage reveals a new honeycomb mesh for the air dam.

Tata Nano diesel spied in satara interior

The changes to the rear fascia are more interesting since there lies a hint of a proper rear hatch door. There is a small protrusion below the wind shield which appears to be a keyhole. The rear bumper is also new and features bigger cooling area. The interior looks similar to the current model except for the placement of the hazard light switch on the dashboard and the comet trail design on the door trims.

Tata Motors would be banking heavily on the diesel variant to spike sales numbers of the little runabout which is seeing sales dwindle steadily.

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4 thoughts on “Spied – IAB reader captures the Tata Nano diesel

  1. Naman Rawat says:

    It seems the bumper is inherited from the Tata “Megapixel” Concept.

  2. Sridhar says:

    One of the major put-offs is the auto-like sound the engine makes. With a diesel engine, this sound will only get worse. Wonder how consumers will take it!

  3. roy v mathai says:

    there should be more variants also.What saved the INDICA in the early00s was not only the V2,but also the sedan and estate variants as well. The hatch should be standardised on all versions,a fifith cog added(the nano needs one,I having drove one for more than 34,ooo km can vouch for it),a minivan not unlike the april 12 spoof of the Auto India mag, a two door basic as well as a sportscar using nano innards,the Auto India had once published such a proposal from a British designer,powered by a 4valve version of the Nano petrol etc should be considered. For one, I love the Nano and hope finally Tata Motors realises Ratan Tata’s dreams properly.


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Nithyanandh K

As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!