Tata Motors unveiled a new concept car – the Tata Pixel at the 81st Geneva Motor Show held early March. The Pixel, based on the Nano, is about three metre long and can accommodate four persons comfortably. The car is driven by a 1.2 litre three-cylinder diesel engine which has low friction and works with a variable coolant and oil pump and warms up quickly. The Pixel also has an optimised aerodynamic drag, low rolling-resistance tyres, scissor doors, intelligent battery charging and stop-start technology. It is claimed to give a mileage of 3.4 litres/100km with its CO2 emission standing at just 89g/km.
The car can be parked in the tightest of spaces due to its Zero Turn toroidal traction-drive Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT). The IVT makes possible simultaneous forward rotation of the outer rear wheel and backward rotation of the inner rear wheels during low-speed manoeuvres. This action makes it possible for the car to turn in a circle with a radius of as small as 2.6 metres. ‘My Tata Connect’, a unique feature, is an integrated human-machine interface onboard the Tata Pixel which will allow the driver to control the important functions of the car while simultaneously seamlessly integrating the driver’s smart phone or tablet with the car’s infotainment system.