With the 1.2L turbo and 1.5L diesel engines, the Tata Nexon will become the most powerful sub-compact SUV in India.
Tata Nexon recently made an appearance at the 87th Geneva Motor Show alongside other future models. A near production version of the subcompact SUV was showcased at last year’s Auto Expo and since then, it has been spotted testing across the country, giving insight into the changes before it hits production.
While it retains most of the styling and design cues from the concept model, Tata has made several changes to the exterior and interior. In one of the latest sightings, the vehicle was seen sporting production ready bumpers, door protectors, tail-lamps and wheels. The new dynamics on the SUV is in line with Tata’s IMPACT design tenet that gives it sporty and peppy look. Tata claims to have added aerodynamic design cues to the vehicle, aiding enhanced visibility from front, rear and sides. Use of elements like chrome treated ‘Humanity Line’ upper grille, headlamps with DRLs, 17-inch alloy wheels, sharp beltline and LED tail-lamps infuse aggression to the exterior profile.
On the inside, it is spacious, packed with several best-in-class features like Harman sourced touchscreen infotainment system, rear air-conditioning vents, leather seats etc. Tata has also worked around storage space which adds to the practicality of the cabin. Mechanicals powering the SUV include a new 1.5-litre Revotorq oil burner and the 1.2-litre, Revotron turbocharged unit with a standard-speed manual and optional AMT unit. Set for a festive season launch, Nexon will face off arch rivals Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport in the segment. Read Comparison – Tata Nexon Vs Maruti Vitara Brezza
It is expected that Tata will launch Nexon in the second half of 2017. Venturing into the sub-four meter SUV space, Tata is likely to roll out Nexon during the festive season. 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|
Nexon’s closest competitors in the segment, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport carry a lucrative price tag. Taking that into consideration, Tata is expected to price Nexon competitively in the range of Rs 6.50 lakh to Rs 10.50 lakh. Read: Upcoming Tata Cars in India in 2016, 2017
|Engine||1.2-litre, turbo Petrol|
|Max Power||105bhp – 110bhp|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual & AMT|
Nexon will be offered with petrol and diesel engines with an option between a manual and an optional AMT. The 1.2-liter, Revotron turbocharged petrol unit will make power in two states of tun-105bhp and 110bhp, while the torque will be same at 170Nm. Diesel Nexon will source power from the new 1.5-liter Revotorq diesel engine. The new diesel unit is essentially a bored version of the 1.4-litre engine, tuned to put out 108bhp and 260Nm of torque. Nexon carline will get a 6-speed manual transmission and an optional AMT unit on diesel trims.
The petrol and diesel engines are expected to be frugal in nature, returning impressive fuel economy. With an estimated mileage of 23kmpl, the diesel unit is likely to be more fuel efficient as compared to the petrol engine, expected to deliver 18kmpl.
-Daytime Running Lights
-Contrasting tone rising beltline finisher
-17-inch alloy wheels
-6.5-inch Harman sourced infotainment system with voice recognition
-60:40 split rear seats
-Dual front airbags
-ABS with EBD
|Seating Capacity||5-seats (2+3)|
The subcompact SUV will measure less than four meters in length. To be precise, it will be 3,995mm long, 1,811mm wide and 1,607.4mm high. Wheelbase measuring 2,470mm will facilitate generous space inside and 200mm of ground clearance will make it compatible with Indian roads. You May Also Like: Tata Q5 | Tata Tiago Aktiv | Tata Tiago Sport
Apart from the impressive silhouette, Tata has given prominence to aerodynamics that favours Nexon in terms of visibility. The aerodynamically designed front pillars and rear spoiler make space for a large windshield area, providing good visibility from all facets.
Design elements such as the ‘Humanity Line’ chrome upper grille, projector headlamps with DRLs, square-like bonnet and large bumper confer aggression on the front profile. Additionally, the front side also gets piano black grille, large air-dams and low placed fog lamps.
The view from side is appealing with the sharp beltline, thick body cladding, flared wheel arches and 17-inch alloys accentuating the sporty flair. Adding to it, the sloping roofline will come with contrast colour scheme. At the back, Nexon will get LED tail-lamps, integrated spoiler and contrasting tone rising beltline finisher.
Tata has worked around two aspects-space and functionality. Despite measuring less than four meters in length, the interior is crafted to offer generous space. It also gets plethora of equipment such as the 6.5-inch freestanding touchscreen infotainment system sourced from Harman, steering mounted controls and a centre placed knob for switching between modes. There are a host of utility storage points as well like bottle holders, cup holders, handbag hangers, large boot space laptop and iPad trays etc.
Apart from the connectivity and utility features, Nexon will also pack some segment best comfort goodies like automatic climate control with rear air-conditioning vents, leather seats and multi-functional steering wheel among others. For the safety of occupants, it will equip dual front airbags, advanced dual path suspension, 9th generation ABS with EBD with corner stability, ISOFIX rear outboard seats and rear view camera interface with an inbuilt infotainment system.
The subcompact SUV segment has swollen size over the years. With the launch of Nexon, Tata Motors will debut in the sub-four meter SUV space, taking on the likes of Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza primarily.
This is all what we have for now, stay tuned to IndiaCarNews for all the latest updates on Nexon.
The upcoming Tata Nexon surely looks quite an attractive package with unique styling, tons of features and a powerful diesel mill. If priced well, this can become a threat to several existing players in the sub-4 metre SUV space.