Tata Pixel Concept - Geneva Auto Show

By KBB.com Editors on March 9, 2011 12:38 PM

Aimed at European urban commuters, the Tata Pixel Concept represents a far more innovative recasting of the original Nano platform. Barely 10 feet long and offering seating for four adults, the Pixel features a host of innovative visual, mechanical and electronic design touches that Tata hopes will resonate with a buyer group looking for efficiency on all functional levels.

In addition to being a good deal more attractive than the Nano, the Pixel boasts a huge greenhouse that aids outward visibility and oversized swing-up doors that ease access to its decently scaled rear quarters. Power comes from a rear-mounted 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbodiesel engine that, bolstered by a host of friction-reducing technologies and low-rolling resistance tires, helps the Pixel net a combined 83.1 mpg on the European cycle. The Pixel's slickest bit of trick powertrain tech involves its Zero Turn toroidal traction-drive Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT). This cost-effective innovation trims the Pixel's turning circle to a mere 8.5 feet by allowing the outside rear wheel to rotate forward and the inside rear wheel to rotate in the opposite direction when the steering wheel is turned and the vehicle is traveling at low speeds -- an capability that greatly simplifies close-quarters maneuvering.

The Tata Pixel Concept also introduces "My Tata Connect," the automaker's first integrated human-machine interface (HMI) concept. Like other modern counterparts, "My Tata Connect" features a large central touchscreen display that enables seamless integration of a smartphone or tablet with the Pixel's infotainment system and other key vehicle functions as well as offering a link to the outside world.