Shown first at the 2014 Auto Expo, the upcoming Nano Twist Active has been caught on test again. The car will feature an openable fifth-door and there is also an AMT-equipped variant to be launched.
The new set of spy images don’t reveal the ‘smiley-faced’ facia of the Nano, but the production model might feature this cosmetic upgrade. A handle to open the boot lid is clearly seen in the images clicked from the rear though.
Like the exterior, the bulk of the interior will remain the same, but is likely to get a centrally mounted instrument binnacle and circular air vents. Of course, the biggest addition will be the chrome-finished gear stick for the AMT gearbox that will replace the traditional four-speeder in the F-Tronic variant.
There are chances that the Nano AMT might be powered by the new 1-litre, three-pot mill, but the possibility of Tata continuing the 624cc engine used in the current model cannot be ruled out either. But, with the five-speed AMT that we expect to be used in the automatic variant, the chances of the 1.0-litre engine being used is high. The five-speed Magnetti Marelli supplied transmission might just boost the fuel efficiency of the Nano AMT over its manual sibling that uses a four-speed manual gearbox. The current ARAI rated figures of the Nano stands at 25.35kmpl, how much can Tata better this has to be seen.
The Nano Twist Active AMT might not just be the easiest car to drive in crowded cities, but it might also be the cheapest automatic car in India. Currently, the cheapest automatic car one can buy is the Alto K10 AMT which is priced at Rs 3.77 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).