According to a recent report, India’s Tata is currently developing a turbocharged version of its Nano city car

According to a recent report, India’s Tata is currently developing a turbocharged version of its Nano city car.

Planned for a debut later this year, the Nano's 0.6-liter engine will gain a significant power boost thanks to a small turbocharger. Currently the unit offers 38 PS (28 kW) and 51 Nm (38 lb-ft) of torque which translates into a 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) acceleration in 12.6 seconds.

Autocar Professional says the turbocharged Nano is part of Tata Motors’ plans to change the image of the model from "a cheap car" to a "smart city car". Following this strategy, the company introduced power steering for the Nano in January this year.

The report mentions a part-electric Nano called the Nano ‘e-rev’ is also in the cards. Still a R&D project, the machine is not officially confirmed for debut from the manufacturer and this depends on the government’s policy for EVs and hybrid vehicles. A spokesman of the company says it has “high degree of technology-readiness and the program offers several competitive strengths” but “it is difficult to predict the exact timeframes needed to create the right ecosystem for this to be a market-viable project”. He adds Tata is "actively engaged with government and other regulatory bodies in setting standards for the industry".

Tata is also working on an automatic transmission for the Nano. Details are limited, but Autocar Professional is reporting the gearbox bears the F-Tronic name.

Note: Pictures show the 2014 Tata Nano

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