Launched: Tata Nano Twist
The tiny Tata turns a little more city-friendly than it already was with the addition of power steering
If there was one thing that the Tata Nano missed sorely in its bag of city-centric tricks, it was the lack of power steering on any of the variants. Now, Tata has fixed that issue with the launch of the Nano 'Twist', a variant with power steering as its USP.
The Twist (which, in 'XT' trim, will be the top-spec Nano now), apart from its electrically-assisted steering unit with 'Active Return' (which self-centres the steering wheel after you've made a turn), also gets a reworked driver information system with LEDs, new seats, an easier-to-use clutch pedal and refinements to cut down on Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels.
With the Twist, Tata is targeting the youth - which according to Tata, happens to be everyone who's 25 years old - and so, it has introduced a new 'Damson Purple' shade to attract said 25-year-olds.
The Nano Twist has been priced at Rs 2.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), which is almost Rs 15,000 more than the previous top-of-the-line, power steering-less LX variant (Rs 2.35 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai).
The closest rival to the Twist is the most bare-basic Alto 800 - which is more powerful, thanks to its bigger engine, but misses out on essentials like air-conditioning, power steering, or even metallic paint - and that costs about Rs 10,000 more than the Twist. Calls for a match, dotcommers?