With the 1.2L turbo and 1.5L diesel engines, the Tata Nexon will become the most powerful sub-compact SUV in India.
In terms of design, the Tata Nexon looks largely similar to its concept that was unveiled at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.
January 12, 2017 – With the sub-four meter SUV segment gaining traction, carmakers have been vying to come up with an offering that can defy the reign of Ford EcoSport, a popular choice in this space. Inching closer to the stature of its arch rival, Maruti Vitara Brezza has carved a niche spot by ringing in the cash registers ever since its launch last year. Yet another contender that will soon jump on the bandwagon is Tata Nexon, which was first revealed in concept form at the 2014 Auto Expo. At the last year’s Auto Expo, Tata brought the production ready Nexon that looked largely like its prototype. That said production version Nexon has retained most of the styling cues from its prototype. Built in tandem with the modish design tenet visible on new breed of Tata cars, Nexon sports some key styling elements like the coupe-like roofline and aggressive front design. Interior too has been designed along the lines of Tiago and Hexa, it looks more premium and packs features on par with rivals in this space. Engines powering the new Tata Nexon will include a 1.2 litre, turbocharged Revotron petrol unit and the 1.5 litre, turbocharged diesel engine. Power will be transmitted through the five-speed manual gearbox and an F-Tronic AMT unit on the diesel variants.
Based on Tata Motor’s new “IMPACT Design” philosophy, the Tata Nexon will be positioned below the Safari Storme. Featuring unique styling, the compact SUV has been conceptualised and designed by Tata Motors’ three design studios (Pune, UK and Italy). In fact, Land Rover has also helped Tata in the development of this compact SUV. Tata Motors will also offer several customisation options with the Nexon under Tata Motors’ new Personalization Studio. Read Comparison – Tata Nexon Vs Maruti Vitara Brezza
The Nexon India launch will reportedly take place in the second half of 2017. Being a crucial product for Tata Motors, Nexon is expected to be launched during festive season. This could indeed give a good start to the SUV as customer sentiment is high during this time of the year. Also Read: Tata Tiago – Price List, Specifications, Mileage & Picture Gallery
|Variants||Expected Price (ex-showroom)|
|Base Model||Rs 6.50 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 10.50 lakh|
The key to success of a new model largely rests on the pricing. Having it gotten right with Tiago, Tata Motors will follow the same strategy by pricing Nexon competitively. That said Tata Nexon price is likely to fall in the vicinity of Rs 6.50 lakh to Rs 10.50 lakh (ex-showroom). Read: Upcoming Tata Cars in India in 2016, 2017
|Engine||1.2-litre, turbo Petrol|
|Max Power||105bhp – 110bhp|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual & AMT|
Tata Nexon will be launched in petrol and diesel fuel options with two engine and two transmission options. Power on the petrol variants will come from the 1.2 litre, turbocharged Revotron engine. Borrowed from the smaller sibling, Tiago, the 1.2 litre unit is good for 110bhp of power and 170Nm of torque. Diesel powered Nexon will source power from the 1.5 litre turbocharged engine, essentially an up-scaled version of the 1.4 litre engine. The oil burner will belt out maximum power of 108bhp and top torque of 260Nm. As for transmission choices, Nexon carline will get the five-speed manual, six-speed manual and an F-Tronic AMT unit. It is to be noted that the AMT gearbox and the six-speed manual unit will be available with the oil burner.
Deriving power from the 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol Revotron and 1.5 litre turbocharged oil burner, Nexon is expected to deliver imposing fuel economy. The mileage for the petrol engine is estimated at 18km/l and the diesel variants are likely to return slightly higher mileage at 23km/l.
Tata Motros will equip the subcompact SUV with a host of features. Talking of the key provisions on the Nexon, it will sport projectors headlamps in front and will sit on the 16-inch alloys. The in-cabin tech will include a 6.5 inch free standing touchscreen display and Harman-developed infotainment system. Besides, it will also come with the 60:40 rear split seat and a full width instrument panel. On the safety front, Tata will arm the SUV with anti-lock-braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution and hill assist.
|Seating Capacity||5-seats (2+3)|
The sub-four meter SUV will measure 3,995mm long and hence will benefit from the subsidy offered by the Government on the sub-4 meter vehicles. Other dimensions like width, height and wheelbase will be at 1,730mm, 1,600mm and 2,470mm respectively. The ground clearance of 200mm seems to be suitable for the Indian roads.
The new Tata Nexon is conceived on the modified X1 platform and will sport Tata’ new “IMPACT” design tenet. Featuring sharp lines and edgy elements, it combines aggression and style. It is to be noted that it carries most of the design cues from the concept version showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. The quintessential Diamond DLOslingshot line and humanity line adorn the sporty vehicle. Other styling bits have been borrowed from the new Tata cars launched lately like Tiago. What makes it stand out among rivals is the unconventional coupe-like stance rather than the rugged and muscular silhouette. Styled assertively, the front profile dons a piano black grille and projector headlamps with LED DRLs. The upright bonnet gives it a neat look. Lower down, on the bumper it sports the enclosed fog lamps along with wide air-dams. View from the side is sporty with cladded wheel arches, sharp beltline and 16-inch alloy wheels skewing the attention. Additionally, it will also get the sloping roofline featuring contrast paint scheme. The rear facet adds to the visual appearance, it comes with the LED tail-lamps, integrated spoiler atop and body coloured bumper.
There has been a complete paradigm shift in the new breed of Tata cars as for the interior styling goes. Styled on the same lines, Nexon will get a plush cabin. The well laid-out five-seat seating arrangement will offer comfortable room to the occupants in front and rear. On the feature front, the SUV is expected to be rich packed with the new-generation Harman infotainment system with a 6.5 inch freestanding touchscreen display on the dashboard. Other features like the steering wheel with mounted controls, dashboard design, front seats, rear seats have been borrowed from Tiago. The central tunnel will get a knob for choosing between three driving modes-Standard, Eco and Sport..
The sub-four meter segment has grown multiple folds over the last few years and offers a bunch of worthy models from Ford EcoSport to Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. With the addition of Tata Nexon in the segment the competition is going to get tougher. Other SUVs that will pose a threat to Nexon are Mahindra NuvoSport, Mahindra TUV300 and the likes.
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