Tata Motors has launched its highly anticipated GenX Nano. The GenX is another company attempt to revive the limping brand, which hasn’t seen sales even remotely close to original projections at the time of introduction. This new range consists of five models namely: XE, XM, XT and the XMA and XTA. The range starts from Rs 1.99 lakh and goes up all the way to Rs 2.89 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
There are some major changes that have been made to make the Nano more appealing to the common public. Major revisions are better exteriors, an opening tailgate and the choice of an automatic transmission.
The body has received a new Infinity design theme. The front gets a black front grille with a minor chrome strip and smile inducing bumper grille with honeycomb design. The rear hatch can now be opened to properly access the luggage space which is between 94 to 110 litres for the automatic and manual respectively. The rear bumper too has been redesigned, alongwith the front fog lamps, smoked headlamps and a tailgate spoiler.
The biggest change is the option of AMT on the XMA and XTA trims. This will make the latest Tata offering the cheapest car in India with automatic transmission. Titled the ‘Easy Shift’, with an optional ‘Sports’ mode. A very useful feature weirdly called ‘Creep’ lets the car crawl as soon as the pressure is eased off the brake pedal, without pressing the accelerator. This is a boon for customers who encounter heavy traffic in their daily commute. The GenX Nano will also be equipped with Electric Power Assisted Steering (ePAS) for easy maneuverability in city traffic and while parking as well.
Much needed safety concerns have been somewhat addressed with advanced structural stability, and features like crumple zone to cushion frontal impact and also a reinforced body structure for enhanced frontal crash safety. Side doors have been beefed up with intrusion beams for side crash protection.
The engine will remain the two pot, 624 cc, multi-point fuel injected, water cooled gasoline engine producing 37 bhp at 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 51 Nm arriving at 4000 rpm. The difference is in the gearbox. The XE, XM and XT variants will get a four speed manual transmission while the top-end XMA and XTA trims will get the five-speed AMT unit. Fuel efficiency is an ARAI certified 23.6 kmpl and 21.9 kmpl for the manual and AMT respectively.
The new Nano will also boast of a four speaker sound system with Bluetooth, CD, USB and AUX-in compatibility. Additionally, the automatic variants will have a Digital Information Display which will show Average & Instantaneous Fuel Consumption, Distance to Empty & Gear Shift Indicator.
Like before, a huge array of accessories are optional; while a four year or 60,000 kms warranty is standard.