LATEST DELHI 2008 UPDATE: Tata has unveiled the Tata 1-Lakh Car and has named it the Tata Nano. Click here for the latest details on the new Tata Nano.
Here are some supposed details of the Tata 1 Lakh Car (Rs 1 Lakh is equivalent to USD2,500) that is supposed to be ready by July 2008. A design sketch of the Tata 1 Lakh car has been shown to selected members of the media sometime earlier and is said to resemble a egg shaped car with a tall roof.
Now Overdrive reveals that the Tata 1 Lakh car will resemble a production version of Tata’s 1998 Zing concept car. It will be a 5-door hatchback but there will be very little space behind the rear seats for a boot. In fact, even rear bench space is expected to be at a premium, making the car a 2+2 of sorts.
Definitely a pure A to B city car with the distance between A to B limited to short journeys where you do not need to carry any luggage. Not a balik kampung car, definitely. The car will be built on a rear engine rear wheel drive platform and will be powered by a two-cylinder engine.
Two of these two-cylinder engines will be offered – a 660cc 2-cylinder petrol and the world’s first low-cost 700cc two-cylinder common rail diesel engine with a special low cost common rail system developed by Bosch. Bosch will also apply a fuel injection system called “value motronic” for the 660cc petrol unit.
Apparently in internal company tests, the petrol version managed to achieve a fuel efficiency of 26 km travelled per litre of fuel consumed. The diesel version is expected to be even better.
As for the car’s name – sources in Tata say the current most favoured name within the company is the Tata Jeh, named after Tata’s previous chairman, Jehangir Tata.