The Tata Nano facelift was snapped and videotaped on test recently. In terms of design, the refreshed Nano sports a new bumper with redesigned foglight enclosures. Viewed head on, the Nano appears to sport a smile thanks to the design of the bumper. At the front, the headlights wear smoked lenses, a feature that was also seen on the refreshed Aria.
The 'smiley' front bumper is replicated at the rear. However, no changes are observed in the taillights of the small car. Inside, the Nano facelift would get refreshed interiors that were shown on the Nano Twist F-Tronic Concept at the Auto Expo. A new three-spoke steering wheel, dark brown inserts for the center console and tunnel, upgraded seat upholstery and door trims were the changes observed on the concept.
However, we believe that its in the area of functionality where Tata have made key changes. For one, the bootlid, which has remained permanently shut till now, would actually serve its purpose by offering easier access to the boot of the car. Tata showcased a functional bootlid on the Nano Twist Active concept at the Auto Expo.
Next up, and more significant, is the option of an automated manual transmission (AMT) on the car. The Nano F-Tronic concept had a 5-speed AMT unit made by Magneti Marelli, that would take some more effort away from driving the car in the city, and auger well with its new positioning of a 'smart city car'.
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Tata Nano Twist F-Tronic - Image Gallery
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