Tata Nexon JTP performance model is expected to be launched in 2020.
Tata Motors had launched the performance-oriented Tiago and Tigor JTP models in 2018. At the time of launch, Tata officials said that the performance version of the Nexon is also in the works. However, the exact launch timeline for the SUV was not announced. It is expected that the Tata Nexon JTP will be launched in early 2020 and will be equipped with BSVI compliant engine. The company will also give a mid-life facelift to the Nexon SUV in 2020.
The Tata Nexon JTP model is reportedly spotted testing in Mettypalaym, Coimbatore. The spotted model was not equipped with any badges, but the location suggests that it could be the JTP variant. JTP (Jayem Tata Performance) is collaboration between Tata and Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives.
Jayem is helping the homegrown automaker in testing and validation of products. It is a possibility that the spotted model could be a testing bed for the BSVI compliant engine. The shape of catalytic converter and tail pipe confirm that the spotted model was the petrol variant. Also See – Tata Altroz is the name for 45X hatchback
The Tata Nexon JTP variant is likely to be powered by the same 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that powers the regular model. However, this engine will be tuned for more power and torque outputs. While the current engine offers 108bhp and 170Nm of torque, the performance model could offer a power output of over 130bhp. The gear-ratios could have been revised for better performance. Also See – Upcoming Tata Cars in India
The current most powerful sub-4 meter SUV, Ford EcoSport S is powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder Boosterjet petrol engine that produces 124bhp of power. Besides increase in power and torque, the Tata Nexon JTP is likely to come with stiffened suspension setup, all-4 disc brakes and lowered ground clearance.
Similar to the Tata Tiago and Tigor JTP variants, the Nexon JTP is likely to receive black-red colour combination theme. It will rival the likes of Ford EcoSport S and the newly launched Mahindra XUV300.
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