Tata Motors is all fixed to launch the trendy Nexon compact SUV shortly. Dealers have started accepting bookings for the Nexon with deliveries being promised sometime late next month. We tell you more about Tata’s upcoming compact SUV.
Engines and gearbox
Tata has abandoned the Fiat-sourced, 1.3 Multijet diesel and has instead established an all-new, 110-hp, 1.5-litre 4-cylinder Revotorq diesel engine, which is fundamentally a scaled-up version of the 1.05-litre engine used in the Tiago. For the petrol Nexon, Tata makes use of a turbocharged version of the 110hp, 170Nm, 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine, currently present in the Tiago. Both types are probable to get a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option of a six speed AMT for the diesel and the five speed AMT for the petrol which will join in later.
The Nexon will be the first in its class to offer multiple drive modes. The constructer says both engines have been planned at Tata’s in-house facility in Pune, along with inputs from suppliers like AVL, Bosch, Mahale and Honeywell. The petrol Revotron engine will be manufactured at Tata’s Sanand facility, while the diesel Revotorq motor will be produced at the Ranjangaon plant.
‘Radical’ is the word that comes to mind when one takes a look at the Tata Nexon. It sports a powerful stance, a coupé-like roofline and some interesting styling elements. The front end of the car houses a stretched grille and nicely detailed projector headlamps. A good-looking styling element is a horizontal strip that splits the headlamp housing, above which are the turn indicators. Tata’s Impact design language does make the Nexon a looker.
The Nexon uses its body paint to contrast with the roof. There’s also a unique ceramic finish for the highlights around the fog lamps, the window line and the LED tail-lights. At the back, the Nexon gets diamond-shaped tail lights connected by a white strip, a high rear bumper and a small, rear windscreen. Overall, it’s quite a bold and attractive design. It carries a lot of cuts and creases, unlike its chief competitor, the Maruti Vitara Brezza, which follows a rather boxy design.
Pricing and competitors
Assume the Nexon to be estimated aggressively, somewhere about Rs.7-10 lakh. When launched, it is likely to put up a tough fight in the segment. Its chief competitors include the Maruti Vitara Brezza, which has proved to be a runaway success, and the Ford EcoSport, which has held its ground well.