Back when it went on sale in 2008, the Tata Nano was heralded as something of a new Model T for developing economies. As the world's cheapest new car – and not by a little – the four-door Indian runabout was poised to usher in a new age of personal transportation to the world. But things didn't quite work out that way, and the discount rear-drive minicar has seen its sales fortunes undone by all manner of issues, from reports of fires and quality issues to protests at its assembly plant and poor public reception. But Tata Motors isn't giving up on the Nano just yet, having just unveiled a newly updated design and a compressed natural gas (CNG) model.

The new updates don't register as much more than a mid-cycle refresh, with small differences outside like a new rear fascia with mesh inserts and additional chrome trim. More meaningful updates indoors include a revamped center console and a new twin glovebox, updated upholstery, body-color trim bits and available extras that include remote keyless entry, a four-speaker AmphiStream audio setup with Bluetooth and USB hookups. Minor controls have also been relocated for improved ergonomics, and there's a slightly larger steering wheel to ease parking maneuvers. In addition, a range of new personalization kits are available, including things like body graphics, aero kits, different alloy wheels and contrasting roof treatments.

The conventional two-cylinder gas powertrain remains unchanged, giving 37 horsepower. The new bi-fuel Emax model runs on gasoline and, with the flick of a switch, CNG. The four-stroke, 624-cc engine features an aluminum head and block, and it offers 37 hp on gas and 33 on CNG, while the torque peak sits at 38 lb-ft under gasoline power and 33 lb-ft on natural gas.

Along with the revamped Nano, Tata Motors also rolled out updated versions of its Indica, Indigo, Safari and Sumo models.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      People laugh but..If the economy doesnt improve and wages start going up, this is what people will be able to afford. Used cars won't last forever and they are being made to fail. They have turned into commodity items. The commodities that the US will be able to afford more often will be Tata, Versas, Spark, etc. All not built here or designed here. Which puts more people of of jobs but makes sure the oil companies keep getting richer. And everyone wants Tesla to fail...
        • 2 Years Ago
        I vacationed in Sri Lanka recently; even there 98% of the time one saw a Nano, it was a budger taxi. Even poor people who could afford a cat avoided the Nano.
          • 2 Years Ago
          even though sri lanka is in the indian subcontinent its auto-market is totally different to that of its neigbhours, due to the high quality JDM cars coming in from japan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a test drive at Tata Motors dealership during my overseas visit and it was not a bad car for what it costs .. Only $2.5K for "new" base model.
      Justin Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Literally a killer at that price
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      lol what a piece of ****
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      Yeah . . . when I looked at that death-trap, I figured the way to make it better was to add a highly-pressurized container of explosive gas!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does this make them more or less flammable?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Insert bomb joke here.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's amazing that for the amount Fiat charges for putting ugly stripes on their Gucci 500 you can buy two of these cars.
      • 2 Years Ago
      To bring this to the US it would probably have to gain 350 lbs and $7,000 in price before it would pass all the regulations and crash tests.
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      As a cost savings the gas will be contained within the passenger compartment. I did not inhale.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Alcohol fuel! Methanol from natural gas, coal, and biomass. Ethanol from sugary and starchy biomass. India has all of them in cheap quantity, or access to them, and all of them undermines OPEC's ability to prop up high fuel prices. Make the Nana fully flex fueled.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they sold these in the US I'd buy like 6 and race them on my go kart track! Zero to sexy in heck yes!
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