Confirming our report from several months back, Tata will begin offering a diesel-powered Nano in the not-so-distant future, with one report even claiming it'd debut as early as February, at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo.

The new engine will be a twin-cylinder, 800-cc turbodiesel, according to CarDekho, that could very well be make the Nano the most fuel efficient vehicle on sale in the country's rapidly developing auto industry. Estimates from World Car Fans claim the Nano diesel will return 82 to 94 miles per gallon on the US cycle. The Nano is currently available in both gas and CNG-powered forms, although with a projected 45 horsepower, the diesel should outgun both the 38-hp gas engine and the 33-hp CNG mill.

Joining the new powerplant will be a pair of new body styles. First, a new hatchback, complete with styling from Tata's European studio will be offered. Unlike the current car, which has a hatchback's shape without, you know, an actual rear hatch, this new model should offer access to the back from outside the car. A four-door sedan will also be available.

Reports claim that both the hatch and the sedan will come with considerably larger, more powerful engines. The sedan should churn out over 100 horsepower while the hatch will offer either a 1.3-liter Fiat diesel or a 1.2-liter turbo.


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      • 11 Months Ago
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        Actionable Mango
        • 11 Months Ago
        Considering how many Indians can only afford a scooter with two seats, but then somehow cram their entire family onto it anyway, the Tata is probably quite a step up in safety.
        Sagar Shukla
        • 11 Months Ago
        Funny, but those accidents happened due to third party un-rated electrical accessories.
      EVnerdGene
      • 11 Months Ago
      DIEsel. What's green about it ?
        EVnerdGene
        • 11 Months Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        DIEsels are more efficient, so less fuel used. For a given amount of energy output, DIEsels emit slightly higher CO2 levels (more Cs in the DIEsel) than gasoline. So it is almost a push. DIEsels definitely higher in particulates - hard to clean, and without proper or maintained particulate controls (which is the case in India), will most definitely have higher particulate output. Particulates are a proven and recently recognized and admitted carcinogen. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/health/diesel-fumes-cause-lung-cancer-who-says.html?_r=0 Then there's the NOx. Also somewhat controlled by proper controls, and maintained controls. Also not likely to last long. DIEsel is a false economy. Trade health for a few more km/gal ? urbancowboy pickups - butt bubba likes the sound of that mean diesel engine while he idles at the 7/11 to get some lotto tickets and chew
        dreadcthulhu01
        • 11 Months Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        Well, to be fair, due to the diesel cycle being more thermodynamically efficient, diesel cars usually produce less CO2 per KM than similar Otto cycle gasoline cars. On the flip side though, diesels produce more smog causing pollution; this will be especially bad in an Indian car like this; India has very poor emissions regulations. Of course, diesel cars are popular in India because the fuel tax structure over there favors diesel fuel. In general, diesel passenger cars are only popular in countries where the tax & emissions laws favor them, like India or much of Europe. In places like China or the US, where the tax & emissions laws are largely neutral towards diesel, the higher initial price keeps most people from buying them.
      J
      • 11 Months Ago
      The diesel engine alone outweighs the entire vehicle.
      CoolWaters
      • 11 Months Ago
      What a disaster for india. But I guess if you want to control Indian population, giving them more lung cancer is a way to go.
        wxman
        • 11 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        "The first results of the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the health effects of exposure to new technology diesel engines has found no evidence of gene-damaging effects in the animals studied..." http://pubs.healtheffects.org/getfile.php?u=708 "…Direct injection gasoline engines are more dangerous than previously known to man and the environment. This is the result, a new test that the German Environmental Aid Association (DUH) has commissioned the exhaust testing the University of Bern in order. For the first time the data has now been obtained in actual operation, not only to the test. The result: The emission of carcinogenic soot and other pollutants is road traffic significantly higher than in the test scenario in the laboratory…. http://www.spiegel.de/auto/aktuell/deutsche-umwelthilfe-gefaehrliche-benziner-mit-direkteinspritzung-a-930663.html (Translated by Google Translate)
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 11 Months Ago
      INSECT