Tata Motors is developing a diesel version of the Nano and hopes the latest version of the world’s cheapest car will be available by 2011. The Nano will also soon get interior and exterior facelifts. The new model will have a rev limit at 6,000 rpm instead of conventional 5,000 rpm for faster acceleration especially in first and second gears.
The exported edition will also feature 5-speed gear box which is absent in the Indian models which restrict speed to 65 mph based on safety. The five-speed gear box will be ideal for the European roads as Indian roads to do not facilitate gear changes at 65 mph.
The exterior changes will also include and opening tailgate and a modified outside rear view mirror which allows movement of the mirror in its casing. This feature will also allow electrical adjustment feature in the future. There will also be check straps on the doors to limit the opening of doors.
Article Last Updated: September 8, 2021.
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