Tata Motors has introduced a new base variant of the Nano Twist, named XE, at a price of Rs 2.06 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new base variant gets power steering as standard and is a good Rs 36,000 cheaper than the top-spec Twist XT.
Although the feature list is not out yet, we expect a few features deleted off the list and minor cosmetic changes. Tata’s official website still shows the prices of the 2013 Nano and it might be taken off once they run out of stock. The XE should then become the new base variant as the price difference between the cheapest variant CX and the Twist XE is under Rs 2,000 and LX is Rs 13,000 more expensive than the Twist XE.
This is a clear indication that the base CX and LX might be discontinued soon or else the company might make them cheaper and offer them in rural areas. The company will soon launch the Nano Twist Active which will get an openable fifth-door and an AMT transmission.
There are multiple speculations that arise with the launch of a base power steering model. One being, the Twist Active might get the rumoured 1.0-litre, three-pot motor and a five-speed transmission. The second is that the 624cc engine might only power the Twist, or this could be the last lease of life before the Twist is discontinued totally. This we aren’t sure about as Tata needs affordable variants too.