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 will soon launch its highly anticipated model, Tata Nexon in India. Bookings for the model have already started across authorized Tata dealerships, while deliveries are likely to begin from September 2017. Determined to transform its image, Tata Motors has launched a line of new products based on its new IMPACT design philosophy. The first model to roll-out under IMPACT was Tiago followed by Hexa and Tigor. Nexon would be the fourth product based on IMPACT, set for debut in September this year. With its stylish SUV, Tata Motors will foray into the subcompact SUV space, currently dominated by Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
While Tata is prepping to step into the subcompact SUV segment with Nexon, Ford is readying a facelift version of its top-selling model EcoSport, which is likely to go on sale soon. Maruti however, will add a petrol engine to the Brezza carline which currently comes only in diesel option.
It will be interesting to see if Nexon would sustain the cut-throat competition, though the SUV checks-off most of the boxes be it visual appeal, interior comfort or features. Powered by Tata’s 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and all-new 1.5-litre Revotorq oil burner, Nexon offers a robust power output and undercuts rivals in the segment. The SUV will first be launched in manual version, while the AMT gearbox will be introduced at a later stage. As for its performance, driveability and handling, read our detailed review or watch our Tata Nexon video review. Read More – Tata Nexon Vs Honda WRV
Built on Tata’s thoroughly modified underpinnings, Nexon has endowed contemporary looks, which not only makes it the most stylish Tata car, but gives it an edge over rivals in the sub four-meter SUV space. The SUV has been making grabbing eyeballs ever since its appearance at the last year’s Auto Expo. Injected with new elements, ‘The Nex-On’ as Tata pronounces it, looks aggressive from front. That said, the model sports honey-comb grille, Tata’s quintessential humanity line and sharp projector headlamps. The ceramic used around fog lamps and window line enhances the overall look. It looks equally appealing from side, courtesy the curvy lines, creases and other bits. While the rear appears a tad busy, though the triple tone look works well for it. Read Comparison – Tata Nexon Vs Maruti Vitara Brezza
The upscaled interior with superior plastic quality and chic styling makes for one of the best cabin in the segment. Tata has armed plethora of tech including some of the segment first features that give Nexon an upper hand in the segment. With so much to offer, Nexon is likely to be priced aggressively and is said to undercut rivals by a substantial margin. That said, the Tata Nexon price is estimated to start from Rs 6.50 lakh and go up to Rs 10.50 lakh.
The Nexon made its debut at the 2014 Auto Expo, where it was displayed in concept form. Tata again brought the SUV to the last year’s biennial event after which a series of spy shots appeared, giving peek into the changes on the production version. Now that the model is just a few days away from being officially launched in India, most of the details have been revealed. While Tata has added new elements to the model, most of the bits have been carried over from the concept. Tata’s highly anticipated model will finally make its debut in domestic market sometime in September with deliveries expected to start in the same month. The company has not communicated the official launch date yet, but it is expected to come out by festive season next month. 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|
The subcompact SUV segment is currently the hottest in India with almost all car makers vying to jump on the bandwagon. While Tata Motors took time to foray into this space, the company made sure to come up with the right product to give a tough fight to the top players-Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. Based on Tata’s IMPACT design theme, Nexon could turn out to be a game changing model for company. With most of the right boxes ticked, Nexon could emerge a strong player in the segment. What could work in its favour is the pricing that is said to be competitive.
The SUV is set for its grand debut during the festive season in September. With an estimated price of Rs 6.50 lakh for the base variant, Nexon is likely to undercut most of the rivals including top-selling Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. On the other hand, the fully-loaded, top-spec variant in the Tata Nexon carline is likely to be priced at Rs 10.50 lakh. If we compare it to Ford EcoSport, priced in the range of Rs 7.10 lakh to Rs 10.71 lakh and Maruti Vitara Brezza priced between Rs 7.23 lakh to Rs 9.91 lakh, Nexon’s base trim will undercut both models by a substantial margin. Photo Gallery: Upcoming Tata Cars in India
|Engine||1.2-litre, turbo Petrol|
|Max Power||108bhp @5000rpm|
|Max Torque||170Nm @2000-4000rpm|
|Max Power||108bhp @3,750rpm|
|Max Torque||260Nm @1,500-2,750rpm|
Tata Motors will launch Nexon in petrol and diesel guise with a standard manual transmission. The petrol variants of Nexon will derive power from the 1.2-litre Revotron unit which also does duty on the Tiago. In terms of power, the petrol engine makes 108bhp at 5,000rpm against 170Nm of torque between 2000 to 4000rpm. The all-new 1.5-litre diesel mill will be used for the diesel line-up. One must note that the diesel unit has been developed by Tata’s inhouse team in Pune with inputs from suppliers including Honeywell, Mahale and Bosch.
The 1.5-litre Revotroq oil burner good for maximum power of 108bhp at 3,750rpm along with peak torque of 260Nm between 1,500 to 2,750rpm is essentially a scaled-up version of the 1.05-litre unit used in Tiago & Tigor. Transmission duties will be handled by the standard 6-speed manual transmission, while a 6-speed AMT unit will be added at a later stage. Tata will also offer multi-drive modes on Nexon with an option between Eco, City and Sport modes. Both the engines will be produced by Tata Motors, the petrol engine will be manufactured at Sanand plat whereas the diesel engine will be produced at Tata’s Ranjangaon unit.
While the engine details are known, there is yet no hint around the fuel economy from the carmaker. If estimates are taken into consideration, Nexon will return 18km/l in petrol and 23km/l in diesel version.
-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
Multi Drive Modes – Tata Nexon will pack in several segment-first features including multiple driving modes with an option between-Eco, City and Sport modes. As per Tata’s claim, each mode offers performance as per the driver’s requirement. The City mode allows cruising the car smoothly opposed to the Sport mode wherein one can experience spirited driving.
Floating Dashtop HD Touchscreen – Another first in segment feature on the new Nexon is the floating dashtop with HD touchscreen. It is not only easy to operate but the HD touchscreen reduces ‘eye-off read time” for additional safety and enhances the overall user experience.
Harman sourced infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple Car Play – Nexon will get Harman sourced infotainment system with multiple connectivity features such as Android Auto & Apple Car Play. The advanced infotainment system will come with a drive mode based HMI theme. In addition, it will also get 8-speakers with high-fidelity audio reproduction.
Grand Central Console with Sliding Tambour Door Mechanism – The Grand Central Console as Tata Motors calls it comes with a sliding function. The sliding function tambour door mechanism is usually found in premium cars. It offers easy space for storing stuff in the car.
|Seating Capacity||5-seats (2+3)|
In terms of dimensions, the sub four-meter SUV will measure 3,995mm in length, 1,811.7mm in width and 1,607.4mm in height. It will sit on a 2,470mm long wheelbase and will have a high ground clearance of 200mm. The SUV will get a five-seat layout with two rows inside. Even though Nexon measures less than four meter in length, it offers great headroom, legroom and thigh support which is better in the rear seats. The luggage compartment with 350L capacity offers ample space for storing luggage. One must note that the boot space can further be expanded to 690L by folding the rear seats completely. Read More About: Tata Q5 | Tata Tiago Aktiv | Tata Tiago Sport
Tata Motors has been on a launch spree after introducing its new IMPACT design theme last year. The company first launch the entry level hatchback, Tiago in 2016 and Hexa model early this year. Soon after launching Hexa, it launched Tigor and Tiago AMT and now Tata is readying for the launch of its highly anticipated Nexon SUV. It is built on the thoroughly modified X1 platform which also underpins Bolt and Zest.
Based on the IMPACT design philosophy, the SUV gets bold styling bits and other key elements that lend aggression. First seen at the 2014 Auto Expo in concept form, the model was again brought to the last year’s Expo where it received rave reviews from the onlookers. With most of the styling bits carried over from the concept, the production version remains largely same to its prototype. Though, Tata has not only added new elements but it has also made aerodynamic changes to make it more efficient in terms of performance.
Sporting honey-bomb grille with piano black finish, Tata’s quintessential Humanity Line, sharp projector headlamps with chrome bits & D-cut LEDs, the front profile looks aggressive and bold. In addition, Nexon also gets large air-dams in front and dual-shade fog lamps with ceramic strip.
The side look proportioned with pronounced wheel arches, 16-inch diamond cut alloys, large tyres and side ceramic strip etc. On the contrary, the back looks a bit busy as it sports multiple elements. That said, it sports thick ceramic band around windscreen, black plastic in gloss finish and body painted bumpers that altogether create a triple tone look.
On the inside, it gets superior quality of material. In fact, it can overpower rivals in the segment when it comes to material quality. The dashboard gets a thick plastic and no rough edges can be seen inside. The lower side of the dashboard gets contrast coloured plastic with gloss finish. Chrome bits around the door handles and air con vents and buttons work well for the cabin.
The Tiago sourced multi-functional steering wheel is responsive and enhances the overall driving experience. In addition, Nexon packs in several segment-first features such as a 6.5-inch floating infotainment system with a HD touchscreen supported by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The infotainment system is easy to operate and additionally gets 8 speakers. One of the features that looks impressive is the centre console with slider function. This feature is usually seen in premium cars and allows practical space for storage.
-Based on Tata Motors’new IMPACT design philosophy, Tata Nexon sports new elements and styling bits that give a contemporary and aggressive look. The coupe-like roofline, stretched front grille, a horizontal strip, diamond shaped taillamps, contrast roof, ceramic finish around fog lamps etc further enhance its visual appearance.
-It gets couple of first-in-segment features that are likely to work in its favour. These features include the floating dashtop HD touchscreen, drive mode controller that enables selecting between the three driving modes-Eco, City and Sport. In addition, it gets new Harman sourced infotainment system with 8-speakers and connectivity options such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay & navigation system. The grand central console with sliding tambour door mechanism offers practical space for storage.
-Besides comfort and convenience goodies, it also gets several utility features such as cup holders on the rear centre armrest, coat hooks and umbrella holders. The large windscreen and high set seats on the other hand offer great visibility to the occupants seated inside.
-The Tata Nexon carline comes with a powerful set of engines including the 1.2-litre Revotron and 1.5-litre Revotorq unit. Both engine get a standard 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed AMT gearbox will however be added to the line-up early next year.
-With an estimated price of Rs 6.50 lakh for base and Rs 10.50 lakh for the top-spec variant, Nexon is expected to undercut rivals by a fat margin.
In the sub four-meter SUV space, the new model from Tata Motors will essentially field against Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. Other models including the Mahindra TUV300 and Mahindra NuvoSport will also pit against Nexon.
With its impressive design and new elements, Nexon looks aggressive and stylish. The interior has been crafted well and use of superior material quality gives it a premium feel. Besides, Tata has stuffed several segment-first features that it is an edge over competition. There are not only comfort and convenience goodies, but it also gets utility space for storage including the segment first centre console with a slider. It scores well in the comfort department as well with large cushiony front seats. The rear side is slightly more comfortable with better thigh support. With so much on offer, Nexon seems to have the potential to emerge a winner in the segment.
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.