Motor Shows

Tata Megapixel hybrid concept with 900km range

The Tata Megapixel concept has given us an unlikely glimpse into the future of personal transportation at the Geneva motor show.

The four-seat Megapixel is smaller than a Fiat 500 but has a driving range as high as most family cars.

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By comparison, the range-extended Holden Volt will have a total driving range of a little over 500km when it goes on sale in Australia later this year.

Rather than plugging in to a socket to recharge, the Megapixel uses induction charging, meaning it simply needs to be parked over a special induction pad to top up the battery.

The independent electric motors facilitate Tata’s ‘zero turn’ drive system. When parking and performing low-speed manoeuvres, the wheels can be driven in opposite directions and pointed at acute angles, enabling a turning circle radius of just 2.8 metres.

The Megapixel features a double-sliding door system, making ingress and egress easy in tight spaces and enhancing visibility thanks to its non-existent B-pillar.

Four occupants can ride in comfort, and the rear seats ‘float’, creating more storage space underneath.

The cabin also features a sophisticated Human Machine Interface. A docking point allows drivers to connect their smartphone, which integrates with the large colour touchscreen. Driving modes, climate control and vehicle information data can also be accessed via the dash-mounted screen.

There’s no word yet on a production car based on the Megapixel, but with Tata’s technology advancing at a rapid rate, expect elements of the concept to appear in showrooms in the not too distant future.