Nano Variants Coming: Tuner, Hybrid And European. US Version Next?

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
nano variants coming tuner hybrid and european us version next

The Tata Nano is sprouting new variants in its global ambitions and to possible franchise manufacturers take the bait, news of its offshoots never ends. Tata is managing the Nano brand’s exposure just fine. Lets start with the ultimate in mixed metaphors, the Darth Vader helmet-inspired “Design”:

According to a story in NYTWheels, DC Design, a tuner/customizer in Pune, India is showing this prototype of a their modified Nano arriving in early 2010. A massive front grill, blistered fenders, alloy wheels and over-sized air intakes are delicately integrated into the Nano’s design in a notably tasteful way.

“The world’s cheapest car has thrown up a few interesting scenarios,” said Dilip Chhabria, founder of D.C. Design. “Firstly, we think the world’s cheapest car does have a lot of sex appeal – in fact its silhouette of one sweeping arc is quite unparalleled and lends itself to customization.”

Battista Pinin Farina couldn’t have said it better himself. Moving along:

According to South Korea’s Maeil Business Paper, the Nano’s pater Ratan Tata has confirmed a hybrid version. The battery pack, to be supplied by Eveready, consists of 5,867 rechargeable AAA cells. Just kidding. No details were offered. We’ve been hearing reports about the diesel version for some time.

Harder facts are being confirmed about the coming Nano Europa. Autocar was given a tour and photo-op of the definitive Euro-spec Nano, due on the continent in 2011. The crash and safety worthy Europa is likely to cost from £4000 – £5000 in the UK. It will feature a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, of about 60 hp (Indian version has a 35 hp twin). The Europa will also be upgraded to a five-speed stick (the Indian version is four-speed) for better highway-speed gearing, improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. Europa models will also get ABS, traction control, electric power steering and twin airbags. And a US version? Stay tuned.

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  • Johnny ro Johnny ro on Dec 12, 2009

    If nano arrives in USA and sells I would respectfully ask VW to revive beetle. Not the golf beetle, a real, 1800 lb one with 50 modern hp.

  • ZoomZoom ZoomZoom on Dec 14, 2009

    Its' got something of a "bullet train" appearance. But is it a balloon? or did they merely make it out of a giant bean bag and just sew the doors shut on the side? That said...I kind of like it. "The car of shame". You have to drive one of these for a month if you are caught driving slowly in the left lane. Your friends will flee, your children will cry out in fear, and your wife will hide her face in her hands...

  • Jdt65724922 How can a Chrysler E-Class ride better than a Chrysler Fifth Avenue?
  • Lorenzo This series is epic, but I now fear you'll never get to the gigantic Falcon/Dart/Nova comparison.
  • Chris P Bacon Ford and GM have decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Odds are Chrysler/Cerberus/FCA/Stellantis is next to join in. If any of the companies like Electrify America had been even close to Tesla in reliability, we wouldn't be here.
  • Inside Looking Out China will decide which EV charging protocol will become world wide standard.
  • Chris P Bacon I see no reference to Sweden or South Carolina. I hate to assume, but is this thing built in China? I can't help but wonder if EVs would be more affordable to the masses if they weren't all stuffed full of horsepower most drivers will never use. How much could the price be reduced if it had, say, 200hp. Combined with the instant torque of an EV, that really is plenty of power for the daily commuter, which is what this vehicle really is.