Tata Nexon Compact SUV – All You Need To Know
With the 1.2L turbo and 1.5L diesel engines, the Tata Nexon will become the most powerful sub-compact SUV in India.
- Shilpa Chopra
- August 26, 2017
Tata Motors will soon launch its very anticipated model, Tata Nexon in India. Bookings for the model have already embarked across authorized Tata dealerships, while deliveries will begin from September 2017. Determined to convert its pic, Tata Motors has launched a line of fresh products based on its fresh Influence design philosophy. The very first model to roll-out under Influence was Tiago followed by Hexa and Tigor. Nexon would be the fourth product based on Influence, set for debut in September this year. With its stylish SUV, Tata Motors will foray into the subcompact SUV space, presently predominated 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 presently comes only in diesel option.
It will be interesting to see if Nexon would sustain the cut-throat competition, however the SUV checks-off most of the boxes be it visual appeal, interior convenience or features. Powered by Tata’s 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and all-new 1.5-litre Revotorq oil burner, Nexon offers a sturdy power output and undercuts rivals in the segment. The SUV will very first be launched in manual version, while the AMT gearbox will be introduced at a later stage. As for its spectacle, driveability and treating, read our detailed review or see our Tata Nexon movie review. Read More – Tata Nexon Vs Honda WRV
Built on Tata’s scrupulously modified underpinnings, Nexon has gifted 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 fresh 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 acute projector headlamps. The ceramic used around fog lamps and window line enhances the overall look. It looks identically appealing from side, courtesy the curvy lines, creases and other bits. While the rear emerges a tad busy, tho’ 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 very first features that give Nexon an upper forearm in the segment. With so much to suggest, 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 commence from Rs 6.50 lakh and go up to Rs Ten.50 lakh.
Tata Nexon Launch Date
The Nexon made its debut at the two thousand fourteen 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, providing peek into the switches 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 exposed. While Tata has added fresh elements to the model, most of the bits have been carried over from the concept. Tata’s very anticipated model will eventually make its debut in domestic market sometime in September with deliveries expected to begin in the same month. The company has confirmed that the all-new Tata Nexon compact SUV will be flipped out in coming month of September. Tho’, the launch date is yet to be announced. Check Out: Tata Tiago – Price List, Specifications & Mileage
Tata Nexon Price in India
The subcompact SUV segment is presently the best in India with almost all car makers vying to hop 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 raunchy fight to the top players-Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. Based on Tata’s Influence design theme, Nexon could turn out to be a game switching 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 palm, the fully-loaded, top-spec variant in the Tata Nexon carline is likely to be priced at Rs Ten.50 lakh. If we compare it to Ford EcoSport, priced in the range of Rs 7.Ten lakh to Rs Ten.71 lakh and Maruti Vitara Brezza priced inbetween 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
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Tata Nexon Specifications
Tata Motors will bring in its very first compact SUV with both petrol and diesel engine options and a standard manual transmission. Powering the petrol variants of Nexon will be the 1.2-litre Revotron unit which has been borrowed from the Tiago. In terms of power, the gasoline unit makes 108bhp at Five,000rpm against 170Nm of torque inbetween two thousand to 4000rpm. The diesel engine will be a 1.5-litre unit. One must note that the diesel unit has been developed by Tata’s in-house team in Pune with inputs from suppliers including Honeywell, Mahale and Bosch.
The 1.5-litre Revotroq oil burner can make a top power of 108bhp at Trio,750rpm, while yielding a peak torque of 260Nm inbetween 1,500 to Two,750rpm. That means, the fresh turbocharged diesel motor is essentially a scaled-up version of the 1.05-litre unit used in Tiago & Tigor. Originally, Tata will introduce the SUV with a 6-speed manual transmission only. The carline will receive a 6-speed AMT (automated manual transmission) unit early next year. Tata is also suggesting multi-drive modes on Nexon with an option inbetween 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. The diesel powertrain is relatively more refined than the petrol one.
Tata Nexon Mileage
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 come back 18km/l in petrol and 23km/l in diesel version.
Tata Nexon Key Features
-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
Multi Drive Modes – Tata Nexon will pack in several segment-first features including numerous driving modes with an option between-Eco, City and Sport modes. As per Tata’s claim, each mode offers spectacle as per the driver’s requirement. The City mode permits cruising the car slickly opposed to the Sport mode wherein one can practice spirited driving.
Floating Dashtop HD Touchscreen – Another very first in segment feature on the fresh Nexon is the floating dashtop with HD touchscreen. It is not only effortless to operate but the HD touchscreen reduces ‘eye-off read time” for extra safety and enhances the overall user practice.
Harman sourced infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple Car Play – Nexon will get Harman sourced infotainment system with numerous 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 effortless space for storing stuff in the car.
Tata Nexon Dimensions
Despite the compact and coupe-like design, the Nexon offers enough space for occupants – thanks to its generous dimensions. The overall length, width and height of the SUV measure Three,995mm, 1,811.7mm and 1,607.4mm respectively. Compared to the Vitara Brezza and EcoSport, the Tata Nexon has slightly shorter wheelbase that stands at Two,470mm. It has a class-leading ground clearance of 209mm that highlights its SUV-ish character. The SUV will get a five-seat layout with two rows inwards. Even tho’ Nexon measures less than four meter in length, it offers fine headroom, legroom and hip 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 entirely. Read More About: Tata Q5 | Tata Tiago Aktiv | Tata Tiago Sport
Tata Nexon Exterior Design
Based on Tata’s fresh Influence design philosophy, the Nexon is surely one of the best-looking cars in its segment. This design theme has already been used for the entry-level hatchback Tiago, Tigor compact sedan and Hexa SUV. The fresh Tata compact SUV shares its platform (meticulously modified X1) with the Zest and Bolt (discontinued in India). The production version of the car has stayed true to its concept that broke cover at the two thousand sixteen Auto Expo. Right from its aggressive front stance to its compact and sporty rear design, it looks exactly similar to its concept.
The acute projector headlamps swoop down very slickly and come with LED DRLs (daytime running lights) and chrome bits. The honeycomb grille with piano black finish and Tata’s quintessential Humanity Line enhance its bold appearance. The top-spec trim of the carline receives satin inserts underneath the front grille instead of plastic inserts. The lower part of the fog lamp housing has a white ceramic sashwhich that instantly grab attention.
The SUV has a unique side profile featuring satin white inserts from bold shoulder line to roofline. Unlike most of its rivals that have standard black or white roof, the Nexon has coupe like roof with a dark metallic grey shade option. The flared wheel arches add more its muscular appearance. The SUV gets diamond cut 16-inch wheels with black two tone design.
On the contrary, the rear profile looks fairly compact. The satin white inserts proceed round the back providing it a unique look. Tata has used a bold gloss black accent instead of chrome. The rear tail lamps are mounted high and have unique LED lighting pattern for parking lights. Tho’, the switch roles light, indicators and brake lights have conventional bulbs. The black diffuser placed to the lower part of the rear bumper seems derived from the Tiago hatchback. The 3D pattern of the rear bumper further adds to its style quotient.
Tata Nexon Interior
Interior layout of the fresh Tata SUV shows up familiar that we have seen in the fresh breed Tata cars including Tiago, Tigor and Hexa. The freestanding front screen and bold dual-tone (Black & Beige) dashboard design are fresh on the board. The central plastic slab has liquid metal colour that proceeds on the door panels and steering wheel. The central console knobs have gloss black ending. The 6.5-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system has a fresh and effortless user interface. It supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. The car also gets an 8-speakers Harman audio system with high-fidelity sound reproduction. Both the steering and driver seat are height adjustable.
Material quality is superior. In fact, it can overpower rivals in the segment when it comes to material quality. The cooled glovebox has a tray to place a tablet or iPad. One can liquidate the tray to accommodate a petite drink can. Seats are very convenient. For rear seat passengers, there is a pair of adjustable rear AC vents, a two-blower speed control, a high mounted 12-volt charging slots and a spin down central console.
Other key features include automatic climate control, a key fob with remote boot unlock function, drive mode rotary dial, door lock and unlock sensors on front doors and boot, electrically foldable mirrors, central armest at the front and back, parking aid, sunglass holder, door pockets and parcel hooks near front and rear seats.
With respect to safety, the Tata Nexon gets dual airbags and Six pack (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard on all variants. The front disc and rear drum brakes with fresh superior quality brake pads further enhance its braking capabilities.
What We Like
-Based on Tata Motors’new Influence design philosophy, Tata Nexon sports fresh elements and styling bits that give a contemporary and aggressive look. The coupe-like roofline, opened up front grille, a horizontal de-robe, diamond shaped taillamps, contrast roof, ceramic finish around fog lamps etc further enhance its visual appearance.
-It gets duo 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 inbetween the three driving modes-Eco, City and Sport. In addition, it gets fresh 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 convenience and convenience goodies, it also gets several utility features such as cup holders on the rear centre armrest, glaze hooks and umbrella holders. The large windscreen and high set seats on the other palm suggest good visibility to the occupants seated inwards.
-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 Ten.50 lakh for the top-spec variant, Nexon is expected to undercut rivals by a fat margin.
Tata Nexon Competition
In the sub four-meter SUV space, the fresh 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.
Should You Buy It?
With its epic design and fresh 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 slammed several segment-first features that it is an edge over competition. There are not only convenience and convenience goodies, but it also gets utility space for storage including the segment very first centre console with a slider. It scores well in the convenience department as well with large cushiony front seats. The rear side is slightly more convenient with better hip support. With so much on suggest, 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.