Tata Motors will launch its much awaited compact SUV, the Nexon, on September 21, 2017, in Mumbai. The Nexon has already begun reaching various dealerships in India and bookings are being accepted in full swing for an amount of Rs.11, 000. Distributions for the Tata Nexon compact SUV are likely to begin by end of this month. The Nexon is likely to come in base XE, XM, XT, XZ and XZ+ variants. We tell you more about Tata’s upcoming compact SUV.
Engines and gearbox
Tata has ditched the Fiat-sourced, 1.3 Multijet diesel and has instead settled an all-new, 110hp, 1.5-litre 4-cylinder Revotorq diesel engine, which is essentially 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 versions are probable to get a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option of a 6 speed AMT for the diesel and the 5 speed AMT for the petrol which will join in later.
‘Radical’ is the word that comes to mind when one takes a look at the Tata Nexon. It sports a muscular stance, a coupé-like roofline and some interesting styling elements. The front end of the car houses a stretched grille and nicely detailed projector headlights. An attractive styling element is a horizontal strip that divides the headlamp housing, above which are the turn indicators. Tata’s Impact design language does make the Nexon a looker.
A 6.5-inch HD touch-screen system sits atop the dash, while the rest of the dash follows a simple, straight forward layout with a lot of bits plagiarized from other Tata cars. The Nexon is expected to be well equipped with features like climate control, rear air-con vents and voice commands for the eight-speaker Harman infotainment system on top-spec models Apple CarPlay (at a later date) and . Android Auto (at launch) will come as standard. The cabin also features a simply available storage space with a sliding tambour door device near the broadcast called the Grand Central Console by Tata, encouraged by upmarket cars. A standout feature, however, is the drive mode controller, which interestingly, is not a small button, but a chunky knob to choose between the 3 drive modes – Eco, City and Sport.
Pricing and competitors
Imagine the Nexon to be valued aggressively, somewhere about Rs.7-10 lakh. When launched, it is likely to put up a tough fight in the segment. Its chief contestants include the Maruti Vitara Brezza, which has proved to be a runaway achievement, and the Ford EcoSport, which has held its ground well.