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Tata Nano is now available as Nano CNG emax

One more CNG small car makes an entry into the crowded A-segment, this time its the world famous Tata Nano. Much anticipated to boost the dismal sales of its petrol variant, the Nano CNG looks promising on paper. Will it be successful in its conquest?

The Nano was expected to outclass all its competitors in terms of sales including the Maruti Suzuki 800 & Alto, but the sales charts narrates the opposite story. Alto (K10 & 800) continues to outsell all the other small cars in the market and is only followed closely by Maruti's two gems, Swift and Swift Dzire and the affordable WagonR. All the 4 Maruti-Suzuki models combined, make up more than 60% of top-10 cars sold in India per month.

Claims by Tata on the Nano CNG emax:

  • Most fuel efficient CNG passenger car - 36km/kg of CNG
  • Lowest cost of ownership
  • Lowest CO2 Emission of 75.6g/km

Key Points :

  • CNG emax is only available in one colour - Serene White
  • Two variants for CNG Nano - CX & LX
  • Available at the moment only in Delhi, Gujarat, parts of Maharashtra and Lucknow
  • The Nano emax is one of the 5 series of CNG models by TATA (expect more Tata cars with factory-fitted CNG)
  • Safety : CNG leak detection sensor & interlock sensors
  • CNG & Petrol bi-fuel system
  • Advanced Engine Management System (EMS) for smart switching between CNG and Gasoline fuel systems. This allows the vehicle to sense when the driver needs more power and thus, automatically shifts to gasoline mode.
  • CNG cylinders are fitted under the front seats which do not eat up the passenger or luggage space
  • The Nano CNG emax claims a range of more than 150 km (in CNG), in addition to the existing range of 375 km (in petrol)
  • Warranty of up to 60,000 kms or 4 years (whichever is earlier)

Technical Specs :

(Same as Tata Nano Petrol version expect the increase in the weight. The petrol Nano, Nano CX, Nano LX weighs 600kg, 615kg, 635kg)

Overall Length
3099 mm
Overall Width
1495 mm (Without ORVMs)
Overall Height
1652 mm
2230 mm
Front Tracks
1325 mm
Rear Track
1315 mm
Ground clearance
180 mm Unladen
Minimum Turning Circle Radius
4 m
Seating Capacity
4 person
Fuel Tank Capacity

15 Litres
32 Litres (Water-filling capacity)
Kerb Weight
Nano CX
Nano LX

735 kg
745 kg
Boot Space
80 Litres

Engine & Transmission
Fuel Type
Bi-Fuel (Gasoline + CNG)
Engine Type
4 Stroke, water-cooled, multipoint injection system 2 cylinders in-line
Cubic Capacity
Maximum Power
33 PS (CNG) @ 5500 ± 250 rpm

38 PS (Petrol) @ 5250 ± 250 rpm
Maximum Torque
45 Nm (CNG) @ 3500 ± 500 rpm

51 Nm (Petrol) @ 4000 ± 500 rpm
Rear Wheel Drive
Synchromesh on all forward gears, Sliding mesh on reverse gear
No. of Gears
Four Forward + One Reverse

Independent, Lower Wishbone, McPherson Strut with gas filled dampers and anti-roll bar
Independent, Semi Trailing arm with coil spring & gas filled shock absorbers

Brake Type
Dual Circuit, Vertical Split operated by tandem master cylinder with vacuum booster
180 mm diameter Drum Brake
180 mm diameter Drum Brake

Wheels & Tyres
Front Tyre size
135/70 R12
Rear Tyre size
155/65 R12
Spare Tyre size
135/70 R12

Competition for NANO CNG

1. MS WagonR CNG

2. MS 800 CNG

3. MS Estilo CNG

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