AutoColumn exclusive: Facelifted Tata Nano spied with redesigned rear hatch!! [video added]

2013 Tata Nano front

2013 Tata Nano front

Going by our pictures, Tata Motors have finished working on a hatchback version of the Tata Nano. The Nano, while late in the coming has been appreciated for its space, maneuverability and equally peppy engine. However, the one thing lacking in the Nano was a hatch and space behind the rear seat. Blame this on the high rear mounted engine which took up space at the back.

Tata Motors however is seemingly hard at work to rectify this deficiency via a redesigned Nano. The standard Tata Nano does not have a hatch at the back primarily since the body shell design is such that it is a completely rigid and uncompromising structure. This is  ideally supposed to protect its occupants in case of a crash. Another unmentioned aspect is that not having a hatch is also a huge cost saver which is precisely what the Tata Nano is.

For the targeted consumer however, this has resulted in almost no space at the back. While a Nano can accommodate your shopping or your family it can unfortunately not manage both due to lack of committed boot space. Way back in October, Team-BHP had scooped the earliest images of a redesigned Tata Nano with a rear hatch.

Tata Nano facelift

Tata Nano facelift rear view

However this time around we have proof that yes, this version has definitely been put into production and we have caught one such test mule in the act. The photos do justice. While it might be a bit difficult to spot underneath all the camouflage, eagle-eyed readers will surely notice the small indentation above the hatch crease line which suggests a handle to open the hatch. Please also do note the redesigned front bumper, it seems a bit different and a bit higher. You might also observe the keyhole slot and the redesigned exhaust under the body. This also leads us to speculate that this particular Nano might indeed be sporting the 800 cc engine (just a speculation mind you). Enjoy the pictures and let us know what you think.

Note the changed bumper

Note the changed bumper

Tata Nano facelift rear three quarters

Tata Nano facelift rear three quarters

Can you spot the door handle and keyhole?

Can you spot the door handle and keyhole?

We don't expect any changes in the door panels yet

We don’t expect any changes in the door panels yet

Note the position of the new exhaust

Note the position of the new exhaust

Can you spot the hinges here?

Can you spot the hinges here?

Note the hatchline above the bumper

Note the hatchline above the bumper

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