Spied – Tata Nano facelift continues testing
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To feature an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).
Repositioned as a “smart city car” the Nano has witnessed little visual changes in its five-year spell. The punitive automobile received chrome strips and a revised rear bumper for the 2013 model year in addition to new colors and a feature-added dashboard.
The upcoming facelift however features comprehensibly restyled front and rear bumpers with larger smiley-shaped intakes. The headlamp cluster has been revised to include new reflectors and the front foglamps are now circular. The most significant improvement comes through the functional bootlid.
Inside, a new steering wheel (possibly only on the top-end variants) and plusher trims are expected.
The AMT gearbox supplied by Magneti Marelli will be the talking point of the facelifted Nano. The unit is likely to use the same four-ratio setup as the standard manual unit and would come mated to the 624 cc two-cylinder rear-mounted petrol motor which currently produces 38 PS and 51 Nm of torque.
With a power steering and self-shifting gearbox, the 2015 Tata Nano would have more going for it as a city car.
Competitors: Maruti Alto, Hyundai Eon
Expected Price: INR 2-2.75 lakhs, ex-showroom
Launch Date: In the coming months
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