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.
In a bid to regain lost market share, Tata Motors had launched its two newly developed cars – Tiago and the Hexa. Both cars have received an excellent response from the car buyers, giving a much needed confidence to homegrown automaker. Buoyed by this success, Tata Motors is now aiming to launch 2 all new cars – the Tigor sub-compact sedan & Nexon sub-compact SUV – in 2017. While the former is scheduled to be launched in first half of 2017, the much-awaited Tata Nexon compact SUV will go on sale in the second half of 2017. The small SUV has been built from ground up and was first revealed in concept form at the 2014 Auto Expo. A couple of years later, the homegrown maker introduced the pre-production version of the SUV to the 13th edition of the biennial event and since then it has been spied testing across the country. Read More – TaMo Futuro Will Be the First Sports Car From Tata Motors
Based on the thoroughly modified X1 platform, the new Tata Nexon will rival the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV300. Applauded for its looks at grandiose show, Nexon gets coupe-like roofline and it has a robust SUV-like stance. The cabin of the car is made of quality material and is premium in looks. It will be powered by a new 1.5-litre TDI turbo diesel and a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol. While the oil burner is a bored out version of 1.4-litre unit, the petrol engine is the same unit used in the Tiago but with higher power outputs. Transmission options include an AMT unit and a six-speed manual unit. Read Comparison – Tata Nexon Vs Maruti Vitara Brezza
Tata Motors is expected to launch this sub-compact SUV in the third quarter of 2017. Featuring the company’s new IMPACT design philosophy, the car has been designed by Tata’s three design studios from Pune, Italy and UK. In a bid to encash the spiking customer sentiments during Diwali, the homegrown automaker might launch this SUV towards September-October, 2017. 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|
Going by the current trend, it is expected that Nexon will be priced competitively. Well equipped with features and sporting large proportions, Nexon aims at giving a tough fight to rivals Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza in the segment. It is expected that the prices of the SUV may fall between Rs 6.5 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|
The Nexon subcompact SUV will be offered in petrol and diesel guise. The gasoline version will be powered by a 1.2-litre Revotron unit that also powers the Tiago. However, this engine will be tuned to offer more power and torque. If reports are to be believed, the 1.2L engine could belt out around 105 to 110bhp and 170Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. The petrol version might also get an AMT option.
Oil burner on the other hand is the up-scaled version of 1.4-litre unit that also powers the Indigo eCS. With a capacity of 1.5-litres, this turbocharged diesel powertrain will churn out a maximum power output of 108bhp and a peak torque of 260Nm. Transmission duties will be carried out by the six-speed manual and F-Tronic AMT.
Using a low capacity petrol engine with 1.2 litre capacity, petrol Nexon is likely to deliver impressive fuel economy of around 18kmpl. On the other hand, the up-scaled 1.5 litre oil burner is likely to be frugal, returning 23kmpl. The mileage numbers for both the fuel options are imposing, saving on the fuel expenditure.
In-line with Tata’s new IMPACT design philosophy for the new cars, the Nexon too will be equipped with a host of high-tech features. On the outside, the SUV will be equipped with projector headlamps, coupe-like roof-line, fog lamps, LED taillamps and body cladding. The flared wheel arches of the SUV have been fitted to large 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, there will be a 6.5-inch free standing touchscreen display and Harman-developed infotainment system. The 60:40 split seats on the rear will make way for more space to store luggage. In terms of safety, the SUV will receive anti-lock-braking system (ABS) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution) and brake assist, hill assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
|Seating Capacity||5-seats (2+3)|
It will be the first sub-4 metre SUV from Tata Motors in the country. This sub-compact SUV measures 3,995mm in length and hence will benefit from the subsidy offered by the Government on the sub-4 metre vehicles. Other dimensions including width, height and wheelbase will stand at 1,730mm, 1,600mm and 22,470mm respectively. The ground clearance of 200mm seems to be suitable for the Indian roads.
It is based on Tata’s modified X1 platform that also underpins the Zest and Bolt. Nexon is built on the new IMPACT design language, previously seen on new Tata cars like Tiago and Hexa. That said the subcompact SUV has a large stance despite measuring less than four meters, thanks to the IMPACT theme it is built on. Tata has given new elements to the car like the coupe-like roofline and the square-like bonnet that give its face an aggressive stance. The production-spec model looks largely identical to the concept showcased at the Auto Expo.
Other notable styling features on front include the Diamond DLO slingshot line and humanity line. Adding to it, the piano black grille and projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps further accentuate the aggression. The lower side of the bumper gets fog lamps and large air-dams. View from the side is sporty, the cladding around the wheel arches, sharp rising beltline and 16-inch alloys add to the assertive looks. In addition, the contrast paint on the sloping roofline reinforces the sporty character. Talking of the rear profile, it has been designed tastefully like front and side facets with the LED tail-lamp cluster, body painted bumper and integrated spoiler on the top.
In retrospect, the interior styling of the new Tata cars have witnessed a complete overturn in terms of styling, space and features. The Nexon interior is built along the same lines and is likely to be spacious and plusher. Inside, it will offer five-seat layout with comfortable space for occupants in front and rear. As for the features, Tata will pack Nexon to the brim with a 6.5 inch freestanding touchscreen infotainment system from Harman, steering mounted controls and a knob placed in centre for switching between three modes. It will borrow front seats, rear seats and dashboard design from the Tiago. Overall, the interior will be well-laid out, armed with plethora of features.
In the sub-four meter segment, Nexon will rivals strong contenders including Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra NuvoSport, Mahindra TUV300. Considering that Tata is a new player in the segment, the company will try to undercut rivals in terms of pricing. Additionally, the mileage, features and looks will add to its credibility.
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.