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The Tata Nano has been a car that has hogged the limelight for all sorts of reasons ever since its launch or even before it! After its much awaited launch the Nano has done well but Tata Motors knew that it can do a lot better and thus the new improved Nano is here and it will take the centre-stage now. The new Nano has a series of subtle improvements. The styling changes are done to make it more premium and attractive than before. The bumper which is re-designed has vents for cooling the engine. The new Nano has two colour options royal gold and dazzle blue. The new colours look cool and will go a long way to help improve its appearance. Though the basic styling theme is the same and that need not be changed as it looks cute! Get inside and the bigger changes are visible and they are very important. The new Nano now gets a major upgrade inside where you can have the optional sporty black or get the usual beige though the beige does brighten up the cabin. The feature list includes remote keyless entry, twin gloveboxes, and a four-speaker AmphiStream music system with Bluetooth USB and Aux-in connectivity. For convenience a 12v socket has been added being placed ahead of the gearbox. When it comes to engine the 37 bhp petrol is there but the improvements include a lighter clutch and less heavy steering which will be a boon for many. This car performs well wing to its low weight and does well with its 0.6 liter 624cc two cylinder multi-point fuel injection petrol engine which is mated to a four speed manual gear box and produces a maximum power of 38 PS at 5250 RPM and maximum torque of 48 NM from 2500-3000 RPM. It has enough power to chug along on the highways at near triple digit speeds while the torque at low revs makes it easy to drive in the city. The 624 cc petrol engine now in the 2012 Nano has 38 PS and an increase of 3 PS over the earlier Nano which had 35 PS. The fuel economy is one of the high points of the Nano as you expect 25 kmpl which is a improvement and makes the Nano one of the most efficient cars around. There is no diesel version yet, though do expect one soon! Tata Nano offers good stability and speeds and the body roll is well controlled in this car and much improved .The NVH levels are well controlled and the car manages to retain its level of comfort for all onboard. Brakes have been worked upto too and the Nano sheds speeds pretty easily and emergency braking doesn’t result in any drama or nervous antics. Steering is slightly less heavy than before. For a detailed analysis read below


Dimension & Weights

Overall Length 3099 mm
Overall Width 1495 mm
Overall Height 1652 mm
Ground Clearance 180 mm


Torque 51 Nm @ 4000 ± 500 rpm
Displacement 624 cc
Power 38 PS @ 5500 ± 250 rpm
No of Cylinders 2

Fuel Efficiency

Mileage Highway 25.4 kmpl
Mileage City 17 kmpl
Mileage Overall 18.4 kmpl

Wheels & Tyres

Tyres Front: 135/70 R12, Rear: 155/65 R12
Wheel Size 12 inch
Wheel Type Steel

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Tata Nano CX Twist XE LX Twist XT CNG emax CX CNG emax LX
Power Steering
Power Windows Front Only Front Only Front Only
Audio System
Alloy Wheels

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  • Cornflower Blue
  • Rough Red
  • Serene White
  • Royal Gold
  • Meteor Silver
  • Papaya Orange
  • Mojito Green
  • Pearl WHite
  • Dazzle Blue
  • Damson Purple
Hats off to Mr. Ratan Tata
Posted on 3 Sep 09 at 10:21 am

Pros Turning Radius, Exteriors, Seating Comfort, HVAC, Inner Space

Cons lack of boot space

I am driving my TATA NANO LX in Delhi. This car is amazing at this price point. its smiley face and soft eyes in the front are very cool. Hats off to Mr. Ratan Tata for his efforts to make such a wonderful car for a Aam Aadmi. It is very spacious from inside. Even five people can sit comfortably.I like the turning radius the most. In cities like Delhi this car is very comfortable to ride in traffic.Its HVAC is very effective, As the car is new,No problem with AC wid or widout load and on flyovers. the pickup is also good. On a new car I go to 70kmh only and the stability was more than expected.The major drawback for this car is its storage space. The engine is little bit noisy but in cabin there is no sound.

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new version of AUTORICKSHAW
Posted on 2 Apr 09 at 7:36 am

Pros great outer look for new style AUTORICKSHAW

Cons tyre size are very small,AUTORICKSHAW interior

those who makes jokes of tata nano as AUTORICKSHAW should remember that how difficult it is to buy a four wheeler this car is made for common man who can hardly afford second hand maruti 800 high expectation of car was there because of its price but 150000 is not a small price for common man plus the maintainance cost people who drive other cars will find this car very funky unsafe slow but would like to see this car to take place of AUTORICKSHAW because of its great looks ,indian roads are such pathetic condition that the size of tyres looks very small for speed which they claim it can travel at100kmhr, within next 2-3 years this car will take place of AUTORICKSHAW market plus other old junky fiat taxis which are running throught the country and making mess of traffic

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Posted on 30 Mar 09 at 12:55 am

Pros Good looks,good mileage like maruti800

Cons ugly interiors, not having pwer windows.

This car is like a auto-rickshaw.The price of top model is near to 2,00,000.

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The Next Generation autorickshaw
Posted on 1 Sep 08 at 3:07 am

Pros zero

Cons kschra inside

this is going tobe thenext generation auto rickshaw with 4 wheels on it... well auto rickshaws have engine at the rear ends. race it beyond 60 kmpl the doors will come outof the slot...

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sad ...nano
Posted on 28 Jun 10 at 10:16 pm

Pros neigbours envy

Cons music , dealer service

after the draw of one lakh lucky costomers i thought that i am the very lucky winner, my friends and Dealer himself suggetsed to opt for the refund or opt for any other model of Tata. but I atick to Nano. I am having a very bad experience with my Nano. after 1000 kms i went to Tata workshop for first free servicing while returning back to home it stopped in the midway . one week later the technicians come to see the Nano they said that some wiring was burned and some fuses also blown because i drive the vehicle 120 km speed but i think the maximum speed is 106 km then how come i drive 120 kms, they charged 3000- for that. On next day the lock of the door opened for that they charged 500- . Then i decided to keep the Nano in garage and opted to drive my old bajaj scooter

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User Comments of Tata Nano

By avinash Posted on Dec,15,2014 at 16:10 PM

i m very satisfied with my twist.easy handycomfortable drive

By avinash Posted on Dec,15,2014 at 16:09 PM

no one cant beat it. wonderfull car.

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