Diesel cars are the most preferred cars in India in recent months. It is evident that the difference in price and running costs between petrol and diesel has made the diesel, the preferred fuel to many Indians. At this juncture Tata Motors is slowly developing a diesel engine for its Nano.
The Tata Nano which is India and the world's cheapest car is now available with a 650cc petrol engine. We had earlier reported that Bosch, the auto parts maker was developing the diesel power train for the Nano.
A diesel powered Nano will be a dream car for several Indians as it will be a cheaper car to buy. Further diesel's improved fuel economy will also help. The Tata Nano diesel's fuel economy will be the best selling point for Tata Motors. According to sources, the mileage of the diesel Nano will be more than 30kmpl.
This kind of mileage is something that we usually see in a high power motorcycle such as the Royal Enfield Bullet. This will emerge a top selling factor for Tata Motors. However, diesel cars are priced higher than petrol cars and Tata must ensure the Tata Nano diesel's price is not too high.
According to estimates, the Nano diesel's fuel economy will be between 30 to 34kmpl. As per the ARAI standards, The Nano's mileage should be over 30kmpl, making the Indian small car the most fuel efficient car in the country ahead of the Tata Indica eV2.