Tata motors recently introduced a new city car concept named Pixel for Europe in the Tata Nano platform. Tata motors unveiled the new Tata Pixel concept at the Geneva Auto Show held in March 2011.
The new Tata pixel has got many features making it a perfect city car. The main among them are:
- "Zero turn" drive which maximizes maneuverability when parking
- Most package efficient 4-seater in the world
- CO2 emissions of just 89 gm/km and combined cycle fuel economy of 3.4 litres/100km
- Innovative 'scissor' door system allows entry and exit in the tightest of spaces
The Tata Pixel, with an innovative diamond-shaped door system and 'Zero Turn' feature is the latest city car concept for Europe from Tata Motors. The Pixel, built on Nano's platform is the most package efficient four-seater in the world with just over 3 metres in length. Even with the short length, it can comfortably accommodate four adults, unlike a typical city car which is either 2-seater or can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children only.
The Zero Turn toroidal traction-drive Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT) in Tata Pixel provides it the ability to maneuver and park in the tightest of spaces. This highly efficient, cost-effective system assists rotation of the outer rear wheel forwards and the inner rear wheel backwards during low-speed manoeuvres, while the front wheels turn at acute angles. The resulting turning circle radius is just 2.6 metres. The glass area on the scissor doors provides excellent visibility even in the most extreme turning maneuver.
The "Scissor" doors of Pixel which rotate upwards from the front allow all four passengers to enter or exit it effortlessly, even in the tightest of spaces.
A forward sweeping roof-line, with minimal front and rear overhangs, highlights the youthful styling, while the window graphic features an interchangeable island that can be used to change the exterior appearance whenever desired.
Another significant feature of Tata Pixel is "My Tata Connect". It is the first integrated Human-Machine Interface (HMI) which enables seamless integration of the user's smartphone or tablet with the vehicle's infotainment system and also allows controlling key functions of the car. This interface with all-in-one touch screen display, allows the user to listen to his favorite songs, internet news and sport or stock updates. In addition, when docked in the instrument panel, it also allows temperature, ventilation and air-conditioning settings to be adjusted through its touch screen, as well as displaying information on the car's performance.
Tata Pixel is powered by a 1.2 litre 3-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, positioned at the rear of it. The engine has a low friction design, featuring variable coolant and oil pump and rapid warm-up technologies. With optimized aerodynamic drag, low rolling-resistance tyres, stop-start technology, and intelligent battery charging, the Tata Pixel returns European combined cycle (NEDC) fuel economy of 3.4 l/100km and CO2 emissions of just 89g/km.
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