Tata showcased the Nano Twist for the first time at the Auto
Expo in Noida this year. This one is exactly the same as the ones before,
except that it comes with a much needed Electric Power Steering, an improved
air con and a few more basic features.
The car now costs a
painful Rs.2.31 lakh. Any takers?
The Nano Twist now come with some different colour options.
This particular one we got to test had alloy wheels, but not quite sure if it’s
available on production. The build quality has a lot to improve.
As soon as you get into the car, it’s déjà vu. But you do
get Distance to Empty display (DTE) and Average Fuel Economy display (AFE)
along with a digital clock right above the odometer in the dash panel which
still stays in the wrong place in the centre away from the driver. The rest of
the indicators are clearly visible.
There is Bluetooth connectivity. The stereo system sounds
good. The rear view mirror could use a bit of more field of view but that’s
being a little bit picky.
Getting to the real part of the car, all components under
the rear seats like the engine and transmission remain the same as all other
current Nano variants but the drivability is improved massively due to the new
electric power steering, the turning radius is tiny (4m in diameter), the
steering feels incredibly light, but is a tad bit unresponsive. The car pulls
away quite well with a snappy responsive throttle, I was able to do 60km/h in
second gear so the power and transmission does make this car quite fun to drive
due to its light weight adding up as a major factor but does struggle at low
speeds. At low revs the car is a bit jerky and on uneven roads it moves around
with reasonable difficulty.
The 4 drum brakes do have a tendency to lock up in case of
sudden breaking over 40km/h. As far as the ride is concerned, it’s not
something one would complain about as it rides over bumps quite easily.
The Nano Twist is really fun to drive. It’s light, agile,
quite zippy now with the power steering, and rides well even on slightly bumpy
roads. But there is yet a lot to improve to justify the price tag.
What the Nano needs is basic amenities. Equip the Nano with
power steering, an improved engine, leave the suspension as it is, keep the
improved air con, a slightly larger fuel tank, 4 wheels, 4+1 seats, some
interior trim, shorten the height of the car by just about an inch and that’s
it, price it south of Rs 1.8 lakh and close the case. Things like power
windows, Bluetooth, digital fuel meters and digital clocks are just
In all honesty, this car really had the potential to be a
classic in the next 50 years to come and join the ranks of the Fiat 500, VW
Beetle and the Mini Cooper. If only Tata realises this, If only…
TATA NANO TWIST SPECIFICATIONS
624 CC, 2 Cylinder, MPFI
4-speed Manual with overdrive in 4th gear
Front / Rear
McPherson Strut / Coil spring & gas-filled
180 mm Drums all around
Fuel Tank Capacity
135/70 R12/155/65 R12
Rs.2,31,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
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