2008 was a momentous year for not just Indian car industry, but also the global automobile industry. It was the year when the world witnessed the launch of world’s cheapest car from the stable of Indian company Tata dubbed as ‘Nano’. There was a lot of buzz for the car even before its launch, so it was inevitable for the Nano to get so much attention. The car also garnered huge sales in the first year of its launch. However, due to reasons like low supply against huge demand, couple of fire incidents, and less features, Tata hasn’t been able to capture on the car’s popularity.
However, now the company is taking note of this and after launching funkier Nano in 2013, company has now unveiled a new variant for the year 2014. Dubbed as Tata Nano Twist XT, the car brings some much-needed functionalities.
Features of the Tata Nano Twist XT
The engine remains the same as of previous generation of Nano:
- 600 cc, 2-cylinder petrol engine
- 38 ps power
- 51 Nm torque
- 4-speed manual transmission
There has been no changes in the car from outside, except from the addition of Twist and XT badges at the back. However, there’s addition of a new color called Damson Purple along with five other colors- Pearl White, Royal Gold, Papaya Orange, Meteor Silver, Dazzle Blue.
The Twist gets beige interiors for all variants, except for Dazzle Blue which offers sporty interiors. The biggest change in this car is that it’s equipped with equipped Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), a power steering which is a combination of a motor and an ECU (Electronic Control Unit). The power steering offers better maneuverability to the car. The steering system gets an Active Return feature which allows the steering to return to its original position, once the turn has been completed. According to the company, this will improve the stability of the car and hence easier to drive even in high speeds.
It also has revamped instrument cluster with driver information system, time and average fuel economy indicator. Another useful feature is distance to empty.
Remote keyless entry
Four-speaker music system supporting Bluetooth connectivity
Two funky glove boxes at either side of the instrument console
Pricing and Availability of Tata Nano Twist XT
This is the most expensive version of Tata’s so-called cheapest car at Rs 2.36 lakhs, which is more than Rs 14,000 than the top-end non power steering version of the Nano. Booking for the car starts from today.
At this price, Tata Nano Twist XT will face tough competition from Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon.