Tata Pixel India
Tata Motors showcased the Tata Pixel, a new city car concept. The Tata Pixel is inspired from the Tata Nano with just over three metres in length. The car is best in class in terms of the most efficient four-seater in the world. The car easily swallows up to four adults which is a sure short seller unlike most of its other competitors which allows only for two-seater and two children only.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Carl-Peter Forster, Managing Director and Group CEO of Tata Motors, said, “Tata Motors holds true to its belief that there is an opportunity in Europe for a city car, which is optimal in space, maneuverability and environment-friendliness. The Tata Pixel is a reflection of Tata Motors’ idea of what such a car should be.”
Tata Pixel Engine
The Tata Pixel comprises of 3 cylinder diesel with Bosch multi-point fuel injection (single injector) all aluminum metal. The engine delivers 66 horsepower (49 kW) with a displacement of 1,200 cc (73 cu in). It is based on the Value Motronic engine management platform from Bosch. It has 3 valves per cylinder overhead with camshaft. The compression ratio is 9.5:1. The bore and stroke are 73.5 mm (2.9 in) × 73.5 mm (2.9 in). The car powers up to 65 hp at 5250 rpm with a torque of 48 Nm at 3000 +/-500 rpm.
Tata Pixel Exteriors
Tata Pixel Exteriors has a forward sweeping roofline design. The no fuss front and rear overhangs give the car a youthful styling. The Tata Pixel features a panoramic roof, diamond shaped window graphic and forward sweeping roof line. It also features a ‘Scissor’ door system for access and visibility.
The 'scissor' doors rotate upwards from the front to allow all four passengers to effortlessly enter or exit the Tata Pixel, even in the tightest of spaces, while the doors' large glass area provides excellent visibility.
Tata Pixel Interiors
The Tata Pixel is also designed to provide a high level of connectivity. Key functions are controlled by the driver’s smart phone, running ‘My Tata Connect’ -- the first integrated human-machine interface (HMI) concept from Tata Motors. The car has seat belts for all the four passengers. The car has a trunk space of 150 L which is 5.3 cubic feet. The inner structure panels are sourced from the Caparo. It has HSI Auto Static sealing systems (weather strips). The Instrument cluster is from Delphi. The windshield wiper is a single motor and arm system from Denso. The car has the rear-view mirrors, interior mirrors, manual and CVT shifters, washer system from Ficosa. The outside and inside door handles are from ITW Deltar while the seating is from Johnson controls. The glass is from Saint Gobain with Visteon air induction system.
Tata Pixel Safety Features
For the Europe market the Nano was upgraded to meet EU safety and emission standards. The renewed Tata Nano was an highly improvised version compared to the standard Nano, which invariably lead to birth of the Tata Pixel. The car includes an extended wheelbase for higher road stability and grip. The car also comes with advanced safety features such as anti-lock braking system (ABS), an improved interior and exterior and it is also heavier than the standard Nano to withstand collisions and keep the occupants safe.
Tata Pixel Ride and Handling
The Tata Pixel is able to maneuver and park in tight spaces due to the zero turn toroidal traction-drive, Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT), and due to its steering system design. This results in a turning circle radius of 2.6 meters. The system assists rotation of the outer and inner rear wheels. It is a rear wheel drive with four speed manual transmission. The Front suspension is McPherson strut with lower A arm while the rear suspension is Independent coil spring with 15-inch wheels. It has power steering and an anti-lock braking system (ABS). The car is also heavier than the standard Nano for better road presence and stability.
Tata Pixel Specifications
The Tata Pixel is strictly a city companion with two doors. It has a rear engine layout. The engine is a 3 cylinder SOHC Diesel Bosch multi-point fuel injection (single injector) all aluminum 1,200 cc (73 cu in). The gear shift is handled by 4 speed synchromesh with overdrive mode in 4th gear. The car has a Wheelbase 2,230 mm (87.8 in) and a Length of 3,099 mm (122.0 in). The Width is 1,495 mm (58.9 in) and the Height is 1,652 mm (65.0 in) with a Kerb weight 600 kg (1,300 lb)–635 kg (1,400 lb). The car hits the speed of 0-60 km/h (37 mph) in 8 seconds with a top speed of maximum speed of 105 km/h (65 mph).
The Front brake is 180 mm drum type and the Rear brake is 180 mm drum type. The Front track is 1,325 mm (52.2 in) and the Rear track is 1,315 mm (51.8 in) with a Ground clearance of 180 mm (7.1 in).Tata Pixel Ex- showroom price
The Tata Pixel will be a premium Nano of sorts and look to set everything right that completely went awfully wrong for the Tata Nano. The car will be an improvisation of the Nano in every aspect and this will reflect in the price as well. The Tata Pixel price will range around Rs. 2, 50,000.
Tata Pixel on Road Price
The Tata Pixel On road Price will be inclusive of the Vehicle price, Road tax, Insurance and registration fees can further increase the cost up to 10% extra. If you want additional accessories you'll have to pay extra amount for the same. The Tata Pixel India is the successor after the Tata Nano which literally raised a lot of smoke due to some fire mishaps. This was one of the main reasons for the failure of the Tata Nano and Tata Pixel will be looking to restore some lost pride.
Tata Pixel Competitors
Looking at the features, the market positioning of the Tata Pixel and its price it will give a run for the money to the likes of the upcoming Maruti Cervo, Hyundai Eon and its own Tata Nano.
Tata Pixel Awards
The Tata Pixel will surely be running for numerous awards. The car has a zero turn toroidal traction-drive which makes for easy maneuver and parking in tight spaces. This feature is sure to generate some huge uproar.
The Tata Pixel also has a one of a kind feature called the “My Tata Connect”. It is a platform which provides integration of smart phones or tablet with the vehicle’s information, and entertainment system and also allows the user to control the key functions of the car. This will also surely make for some feathers in its cap.
Tata Pixel Mileage
The Tata Pixel features a start stop hybrid and regenerative braking system, with a fuel efficient and low emission diesel engine. It has CO2 emissions of 89 gm/km and combined cycle fuel economy of 3.4 litres/100 km. This means that car delivers a highly impressive mileage of 29.6 kilometres per litre which is arguably the best in any class.
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