Tata Pixel concept
The Pelican will be positioned between Nano and the Tiago. Pictured: Tata Pixel conceptPR handout

Tata Motors has been on a roll as it is working on different new models for a diverse segment. The company just launched the Tiago hatchback, while the Hexa MPV and Nexon compact SUV are on the anvil. Apart from these models, Tata Motors is reportedly working on a small car project codenamed Pelican. The small car will be based on the updated X302 platform of Nano and it will be powered by a 1000cc petrol engine, Business Standard reported.

The Pelican will be positioned between the GenX Nano and the newly-launched Tiago hatchback. Unlike the Nano that focussed on affordability and cost-cutting strategy, the Pelican will be a more stylish car that bears Impact design language of the company. Tata Motors reportedly communicated the same to its vendors, as changes in engine along with a new exterior look would require bigger wheels and bigger batteries.

Tata Motors was also working on a two-cylinder 800cc diesel engine for the Nano. However, the project was put on the back-burner citing cost issues. This engine might make way to the Pelican. In that case, the Pelican is expected in both petrol and diesel mills.

Tata Pelican, which is expected to get a price tag of around Rs 3.5 lakh, could come equipped with safety features like ABS and airbags as standard. The project is expected to see the light of the day by the end of 2017, and it will be produced from Tata Motors' Sanand plant in Gujarat.