Tata Motors will unveil an automatic variant of the Tata Nano, alongside one with an opening tailgate, at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014, Autocar India reports.
The report also reveals that the variant with the opening tailgate would be called the Tata Nano Twist Active. However, the tailgate will increase the weight of the Nano by around 70-80 kg and this could have an impact on the car's mileage.
It was reported earlier that the company is considering a CVT or a clutchless AMT, like in the Maruti Celerio, for the Nano and it seems to have zeroed in on the latter, potentially whisking away the Celerio's "Cheapest AMT in India" title.
The recently launched Tata Nano Twist, if coupled with an AMT gearbox, could make for the ideal city car. The fact that Tata Motors wants to provide an option of an Automatic Nano indicates its willingness to position the Nano as a city car, rather than a budget car.
The accessibility of the Nano's already small boot space has always been a sore point on the car, but Tata aims to correct this with the functioning tailgate.
[Source - Autocar India]