Tata Pixel

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Tata Pixel
ManufacturerTata Motors
Body and chassis
ClassCity car (A)
Body style3-door hatchback
LayoutRR layout
Engine1.2L I3
TransmissionCVT toroidal traction-drive
Wheelbase2,230 mm (87.8 in)
Length3,099 mm (122.0 in)
Width1,495 mm (58.9 in)
Height1,652 mm (65.0 in)
Kerb weight600 kg (1,300 lb)–635 kg (1,400 lb)

The Tata Pixel was a concept rear-engined four-passenger city car, unveiled on 1 March 2011 by Tata Motors at the 81st International Motor Show in Geneva. Aimed primarily at the European market, it was primarily based on the Tata Nano platform.[1]


The Tata Pixel is based upon the Nano Europa concept which was first shown at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Complying to the Europa concept, Nano was upgraded to meet EU safety and emission standards. The concept had undergone a series of improvements over the standard Nano, including an extended wheelbase, a new 3-cylinder engine, power steering, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), an improved interior and exterior and it was also heavier than the standard Nano.[2]


The Tata Pixel concept includes the following features[3]

Zero Turn Drive[edit]

The Tata Pixel is able to maneuver and can be parked in tight spaces due to the zero turn toroidal traction-drive, Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT),[4] and due to its steering system design. This results in a turning circle radius of 2.6 meters. The steering and the transmission work together so that each wheel is driven independently with inputs from the steering system. By applying reverse drive on a single rear wheel and forward drive on a single front wheel, the car is able to turn almost in its own length.[5]

Low Carbon Footprint and High Fuel Efficiency[edit]

The Tata Pixel features a start stop hybrid and regenerative braking system, with a fuel efficient and low emission diesel engine. It has CO2 emissions of 89 gm/km and combined cycle fuel economy of 1 litre/100 km.[6]


The Tata Pixel features a monographic roof, silver shaped window graphic and forward sweeping roof line. It also features 2 scissor doors for easy access and visibility.[7]

My Tata Connect[edit]

"My Tata Connect" is a platform which provides integration of smart phones or tablet with the vehicle's information, and entertainment system and also allows the user to control the key functions of the car.[8]

Technical specifications[edit]

The Pixel is a 66 PS (49 kW; 65 hp) car with a three-cylinder 1200 cc rear engine.[9]

Engine: 3 cylinder turbocharged diesel with Bosch multi-point fuel injection (single injector) all aluminium 66 horsepower (49 kW) 1,200 cc (73 cu in)
Value Motronic engine management platform from Bosch
3 valves per cylinder single overhead camshaft
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
bore × stroke: 73.5 mm (2.9 in) × 73.5 mm (2.9 in)
Power: 66 PS (49 kW; 65 hp) @ 5250 rpm
Torque: 48 N⋅m (35 ft⋅lbf) @ 3000 +/-500 rpm
Layout and Transmission Rear wheel drive
Infinitely variable transmission toroidal traction-drive
Steering mechanical rack and pinion w/o servo, coupled to the IVT electronically, for close manouveurs
Turning radius: 2.6 metres
Performance Acceleration: 0-60 km/h (37 mph): 8 seconds
Maximum speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)
Fuel efficiency (overall): 29.6 kilometres per litre (3.4 litres per 100 kilometres (83 mpg‑imp; 69 mpg‑US))
Body and dimensions Seat belt: 4
Trunk capacity: 150 L (5.3 cu ft)
Suspension, Tires & Brakes Front brake: 180 mm drum
Rear brake: 180 mm drum
Front track: 1,325 mm (52.2 in)
Rear track: 1,315 mm (51.8 in)
Ground clearance: 180 mm (7.1 in)
Front suspension: MacPherson strut with lower A arm
Rear suspension: Independent coil spring
15-inch wheels
Supplier Part/system
Texspin Clutch Bearings
Bosch Oxygen sensor, Gasoline injection system (diesel will follow), starter, alternator, brake system
Continental AG Gasoline fuel supply system, fuel level sensor
Caparo Inner structural panels
HSI AUTO Static sealing systems (Weather Strips)
Delphi Instrument cluster
Denso Windshield wiper system (single motor and arm)
FAG Kugelfischer Rear-wheel bearing
Federal-Mogul Pistons, Piston rings, Spark plugs, Gaskets, Systems protection
Ficosa Rear-view mirrors, interior mirrors, manual and CVT shifters, washer system
Freudenberg Engine sealing
GKN Driveshafts
INA Shifting elements
ITW Deltar Outside and inside door handles
Johnson Controls Seating
Mahle Camshafts, spin-on oil filters, fuel filters and air cleaners
Saint-Gobain Glass
TRW Brake system
Ceekay Daikin/Valeo Clutch sets
Vibracoustic Engine mounts
Visteon Air induction system
ZF Friedrichshafen AG Chassis components, including tie rods
Behr HVAC for the luxury version
Dürr Lean Paint Shop

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Tata Pixel price in india | Review, Price In India, USA, UK, America, Canada, Australia". Pricesite.org. 25 March 2011. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Geneva 2011: Tata Pixel Concept turns on itself". Green.autoblog.com. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Tata Gives the Go to Pixel - the Detroit Bureau". 16 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Innovative prototype transmission from Torotrak drives Tata Pixel concept car" (PDF). Torotrak. 1 March 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Tata in North America | Media room | News | Tata Pixel, new city car concept for Europe, displayed at the 81st Geneva Motor Show". Northamerica.tata.com. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  6. ^ "The most important car in Geneva could be Indian: the Tata Pixel | Motor Nature: for green drivers". Motor Nature. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  7. ^ Xebi (9 April 2011). "Tata Pixel Production Version to Replace Nano Europa Car Price Rebates Specification Top Speed and Engine Review - CurrentBlips Cars". Cars.currentblips.com. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  8. ^ Ingram, Antony (10 March 2011). "Video: Tata Pixel Concept... You Spin Me Right Round Baby". Allcartech.com. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Tata Pixel with 1.2 Liter TDI - TDIClub Forums". Forums.tdiclub.com. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Tata Motors Pixel : Press Releases". www.tatapixel.com. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011.
  11. ^ http://www.tatamegapixel.com/press-release.asp