Tata Nano Pelican To Rival Maruti Alto; New Details Emerge

Car News » Tata Nano Pelican To Rival Maruti Alto; New Details Emerge

Follow on Google news and Telegram.

Think again if you believe the Hexa and the Kite-5 compact sedan are the only upcoming new Tata cars in India. Also coming our way is an all new compact SUV, which would be based on the Nexon concept, and a new small car that will be based on the Nano. This small car has been internally named as the ‘Pelican’. The Tata Pelican will be among the smallest of models from the famed Indian automobile manufacturer and is likely to be slotted between the Tiago and the Nano. The Pelican will rival the rather invincible Maruti Alto 800 and it will share its platform with the Nano. This should translate into a competitive pricing. Read on for Tata Nano Pelican price, mileage, specifications and launch date.

tata nano pelican price front angle images
Nano Pelican to look a lot like the Nano Europa

Also See – Tata Tiago Review | Tata Kite 5 Details | Tata Nexon Images | Tata Tiago Aktiv

Tata Nano Pelican Launch Date

The Tata Pelican is likely to be launched around the end of next year. The new Nano model will be produced at the carmaker’s Sanand facility. It is almost for sure that the Nano Pelican won’t completely replace the current Nano. Instead the Pelican might be sold as a premium variant of the current Nano. This could be something like what Maruti has been doing with the Alto and the Alto K10. The Tata Pelican is likely to be launched around the end of next year. Our guess is that the Tata Nano Pelican launch date will fall around October, 2017. Hinting at the Nano Pelican, the company’s then-chairman, Ratan Tata, had said,“We have variants coming out, with a three-cylinder engine developing 61hp or 81hp and we will also give the Nano larger tyres and wheels.”

It is pretty obvious that with the Nano Pelican, Tata Motors will attempt to accomplish its dream of overtaking the Alto 800 on the sales charts. Also,  if various rumours are anything to go by, the Pelican could be the same ‘upmarket Nano’ that has previously been discussed.

Also See- Upcoming New Tata Cars in India

Tata Nano Pelican Price

Like we said earlier the upcoming model would be pitted against the likes of the Maruti Alto 800, Renault Kwid, production-spec Datsun Redi-Go and the Hyundai Eon. This means that the car would cost considerably more than the current Nano. In all likelihood, the Tata Nano Pelican price would be roughly INR 2.7 lakhs for the entry-level model. The top-end diesel variant could command over a lakh more.

The Nano Pelican has already been seen testing on the public roads of Pune. The test unit which has been spied sported 13-inch wheels and a comprehensively revised front-end. The Nano Pelican will come with a new front bumper, stylish new headlights, new bonnet and possibly revised front fenders. Also, in all likelihood, the fuel inlet positition will be shifted from under the hood to a rear fender The car will also get a set of re-styled taillamps and possibly a new rear bumper.

tata nano pelican price rear angle images

Tata Nano Pelican Specifications

Details on the car’s tech-specs are scarce. But in all likelihood, the Nano-based Pelican will be powered by a sufficiently potent 1.0-litre petrol engine. Also on offer could be a 0.8-litre Diesel engine. This would be the same oil-burner that was earlier being tested on the Nano. As Mr. Ratan Tata hinted, the new engines would offer upwards of 60 BHP. Currently the Nano is powered by a 624 cc two-cylinder petrol engine that outputs merely 38 PS and 51 Nm.

Tata Nano Pelican Specifications

Engine 1.0-litre Petrol; 0.8-litre Turbocharged Diesel
Power 64 BHP; 45 BHP
Torque 105 Nm; 125 Nm
Gearbox 5-Speed Manual/AMT; 5-Speed Manual
Mileage 20 KMPL; 23 KMPL


The Nano Pelican will be brilliantly fuel efficient. Expect a mileage of roughly 18 KMPL in city and 22 KMPL on the highways from the petrol variant. The Diesel variant should take this figure upto 25 KMPL on the highway.

Tata Nano Pelican Mileage

Petrol Variant 18 KMPL (City)
22 KMPL (Highway)
20 KMPL (Overall)
Diesel Variant 21 KMPL (City)
25 KMPL (Highway)
22.5 KMPL (Overall)


The exterior of the Tata Nano Pelican will share in plenty with the current model. However, the interior will be almost a world apart. The Pelican will boast of an all-new Tiago-like dashboard that will look more upmarket. The centre console will offer an infotainment system with dot-matrix display. The infotainment system will be a Harman-sourced ConncetNext system. The speedometer console will no longer be housed above the centre console. Instead it will be positioned behind the steering wheel and could even offer a tachometer among other things. The steering wheel will be carried over from the Gen X but the top-end model will offer steering-mounted audio controls.

Tata Nano Pelican Features List

  • HVAC
  • Front and Rear Power Windows
  • Central Locking with Remote
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Premium Fabric Upholstery
  • Harmann-sourced Infotainment System
  • CD/AUX/USB/Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Steering-mounted audio controls

Not much more is known about the Tata Nano Pelican price, launch date, specifications, and mileage. But you can safely stay tuned to Car Blog India for more on the upcoming new model Tata Nano Pelican price and launch date.