With the 1.2L turbo and 1.5L diesel engines, the Tata Nexon will become the most powerful sub-compact SUV in India.
Tata Motors is prepping to make inroads into the highly competitive subcompact SUV space this festive season with Tata Nexon. The model has been caught testing several times post its display at the last year’s Auto Expo in concept form. Tata used one of the largest platforms globally, to reveal the SUV to the global media at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show alongside other future models. The latest spy shots of the model, that seem to be a lower variant of the SUV (not the base trim though), give inkling of the exterior and interior bits.
Sporting steel rims on the outside, the spied model seems to be a lower variant in the line-up. In addition, it also gets the shark fin antenna and rear wiper. While on the inside, it featured a rotary drive modes selector, chrome bits around gear, dual tone dashboard and gloss trim on sides of the centre console. The floating touchscreen infotainment system was missing, instead it sported a 2-DIN audio system. Read Comparison – Tata Nexon Vs Maruti Vitara Brezza
On the safety front, Nexon is likely to get dual airbags and ABS as standard. Set for a festive season launch, Nexon carline is expected to get a choice between a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel engine with a six-speed manual and an AMT unit.
A late entrant into the segment, Tata Motors is betting big on the Nexon. The SUV raked in good reviews from the onlookers and experts alike at the 2016 Auto Expo last year. With Nexon, Tata eyes generating volumes in the exponentially growing segment that is currently ruled by Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. While there is still time in the launch of Nexon, reports in media opine, Tata could price it aggressively, undercutting arch rivals by a substantial margin.
Tata will foray into the subcompact SUV space with Nexon that will go up against Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. While Tata is yet to make an official announcement on the launch plans, it is expected that Tata will introduce the SUV by either September or October this year. Check Out: Tata Tiago – Price List, Specifications & Mileage
|Variants||Expected Price (ex-showroom)|
|Base Model||Rs 6.50 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 10.50 lakh|
Considering that Tata is a late entrant in the subcompact SUV segment, it will have to fight against credible players that have already crafted a niche spot in the highly contested segment. In a bid to limit the price, Tata is looking at comprehensive localisation. It is expected that Nexon could be priced in the range of Rs 6.50 lakh to Rs 10.50 lakh. At this pricing, the SUV will undercut arch rivals in the segment by a considerable margin. Photo Gallery: Upcoming Tata Cars in India
|Engine||1.2-litre, turbo Petrol|
|Max Power||105bhp – 110bhp|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual & AMT|
Tata Motors will offer two engine options on the new Nexon in both petrol and diesel guise. The petrol variants in the line-up will derive power from the 1.2-litre Revotron unit and the diesel variants will make use of 1.5-litre Revotorq oil burner. The turbocharged petrol engine will offer power in two states of tune-105bhp and 110bhp against 170Nm of torque. Diesel Nexon on the other hand will put out maximum power of 108bhp with 260Nm of torque. Both the engines will come with a six-speed manual transmission and an optional AMT gearbox.
The new Revotron and Revotorq engines from Tata are expected to return impressive fuel economy. Fuel economy for the petrol unit is estimated to be around 18kmpl whereas the oil burner is likely to return slightly more, up to 23kmpl.
-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 3,995mm long, 1,811mm wide and 1,607mm high. It will sit on the 2,470mm long wheelbase that will translate into a large cabin. While the 200mm of ground clearance will make it compatible with the Indian roads. Read More About: Tata Q5 | Tata Tiago Aktiv | Tata Tiago Sport
Built from ground up, Nexon is a new product from Tata built on its new IMPACT design language. While the SUV carries contemporary looks, Tata has infused some aerodynamically designed elements on the outside. Tata has so far launched three models under its new design language namely-Tiago, Hexa and Tigor. With most of the prominence on the visual appeal, these cars not only carry sassy looks, but boast of large proportions that set them apart from the rivalling models in the segment. The new Nexon subcompact SUV is aimed at the young buyers and sports elements such as Tata’s signature Humanity Line chrome grille up front.
The face also gets projector headlamps with integrated DRLs, large bumper and square-like bonnet. The large windscreen in front provides better visibility from inside. Side profile of the SUV features blacked-out C-pillar, roof mounted spoiler, flared wheel arches and floating roofline. In addition, it also comes with body cladding, 17-inch alloy wheels and sharp beltline. Rear side with elements like LED taillamps, integrated spoiler and contrasting tone rising beltline finisher looks sporty.
As claimed by Tata Motors, the insides of the SUV have been crafted to serve functionality. Even though it measures less than four meters in length, Nexon offers generous space on the inside. The carline will pack host of new tech, save for the lower trims that are likely to miss out on several goodies. While the top-spec grades in the carline will offer leather upholstery, rear air-conditioning vents, multi-functional steering wheel and automatic climate control etc.
As for connectivity, it will equip a 6.5-inch freestanding touchscreen infotainment system from Harman, steering mounted controls, knob for switching between different driving modes to name a few.
In terms of practicality, the cabin will offer multiple storage points like bottle holders, cup holders, large boot space, laptop trays, iPad trays, handbag hangers etc. While on the safety front, expect Nexon to offer dual airbags, 9th gen ABS with EBD, advanced dual path suspension, corner stability, rear view camera interface with an inbuilt infotainment system and ISOFIX rear outboard.
In the subcompact SUV space, the new model from Tata will face heat from Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza primarily. Other models like Mahindra NuvoSport and Mahindra TUV300 from the UV maker’s sub four-meter range will also stack up against Nexon.
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.