Tata has revealed at the Geneva Motor Show the Megapixel concept which is the follow up to last year's Pixel concept.
Described as a new four-seater city-smart global range extended electric vehicle (REEV) concept, the Megapixel has a range of up to 900 km (with a single tank of fuel) via a 13 kWh Lithium Ion Phosphate battery and a 325cc single-cylinder petrol range-extender engine which recharges the battery while in motion. As a result, the Megapixel produces just 22g/km of CO2 emmission and a fuel economy of 100km/liter (under battery only power). Under battery power onyl the Megpixel can travel 87km (54 mi).
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. 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."
The Megapixel concept features a unique drive system which places four independent electric motors, one at each wheel. The motors which are capable to drive in either direction work in combination with the front wheels which can pivot at acute angles allowing the Megapixel to have a turning radius of only 2.8 meters.
Although not yet ready for prime time, Tata has shown the Megapixel parked over an induction pad for charging. Other technology includes an advanced human machine interface (HMI) touchscreen at the center of the instrument panel for controlling temperature, ventilation, driving modes and performance.
The body features include a pillarless double sliding door system and a panoramic roof.