Recently, a camouflaged test mule of the Tata Nexon automatic was spotted testing in the country. While details of the vehicle were under the cover, it’s believed to be the Nexon’s dual-clutch transmission (DCT) version. Currently, the subcompact SUV comes with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT gearbox options. The Tata Nexon DCT is likely to feature the same gearbox unit that will be used in the Altroz premium hatchback.
The home-grown carmaker is likely to use a 7-speed DT-1 dual clutch transmission, which will be sourced from Punch. Designed for compact cars (offering torque of up to 200Nm), Tata’s new DCT unit is comparatively more affordable than the conventional dual-clutch or torque converter gearboxes.
Similar to the Altroz, the Tata Nexon might get the DCT unit with the petrol engine only. The subcompact SUV comes with a 1.2L, turbocharged petrol motor that’s good for 118bhp and 170Nm. The diesel version of the vehicle derives its power from a 1.5L motor pushing out power worth 108bhp and 260Nm of torque.
The carmaker rolled out the facelifted Tata Nexon just ahead of the 2020 Auto Expo. The SUV’s updated model is currently available in 8 variants priced from Rs 6.95 lakh to Rs 12.7 lakh (all, ex-showroom Delhi). The Nexon is Tata’s first car to get iRA (Intelligent Realtime Assist) connected car features. The vehicle also receives a semi-digital instrument cluster, a larger touchscreen infotainment system and an electric sunroof.
Minimal design changes have also been made. The new grille is the major attraction of the vehicle. The 2020 Tata Nexon facelift also gets a newly-designed front bumper, new projector headlamps with LED DLRs, new air dam with contrasting inserts and fog lamps with contrast inserts. Other highlights include newly-designed alloy wheels, a revised rear bumper and updated taillamps. The SUV is available in 6 colour options.
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