Remember the Tata Pixel that was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show? Well, Tata Motors has now unveiled a four-door version of the Pixel (which was a two-door), called the Megapixel.
The Tata Megapixel comes powered by four electic motors, each of which is hub-mounted, thus transmitting power to the wheels. These motors are powered by a 13 kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery pack that allows the Megapixel to travel for 87 km on a full charge.
When the car is 'fast-charged' for just 30 minutes, it still manages to reach 80 per cent of charging capacity. The batteries can be recharged by an induction plate at the bottom of the car. When charge runs out, an auxiliary engine comes to the rescue. This is a 325cc single cylinder petrol engine that makes 30 bhp.
The Megapixel is capable of a top-speed of 110 kph. And even though the car has dimensions of 3504 mm X 1673 mm X 1405 mm, it still has a turning radius of just 5.6 metres. The Megapixel also has a CO2 rating of 22g per km and features a tiptronic gearbox. The car is shod with 215/45 R16 tyres.
The four floating seats of the Megapixel can be accessed through the four sliding doors. The front doors slide out to the front of the car, while the rear doors slide to the rear. The car also has an HMI interface that is displayed on an LCD panel in the centre of the dashboard. And iDrive system similar to the one on the Pixel also features. A panoramic sunroof also makes its way onto the car.
Tata has stated that the Megapixel follows the India Global design philosophy. Prakash M Telang, managing director - India operations, Tata Motors said 'The Tata Megapixel, developed by our design centres in India, the UK and Italy, is our idea of a city car for discerning motorists in any megacity of the world. It is a result of the progress we have made on the Tata Pixel, displayed last year, and also denotes the company’s future design direction.