Tata Nexon will get many segment-first features

Tata Nexon is an all new compact SUV that will be making its way into India. This will be Tata Motors’ first compact SUV and also the first ever with a monocoque chassis. The Nexon was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and the SUV that will be launched shall look the same. So there won’t be any difference in the styling. This SUV is made on the X1 platform, which it shares with the Zest and the Bolt. The Tata Nexon design has been inspired by the Impact design language. There are several elements that are inspired from other Tata cars. As this is a compact SUV, so the length of this SUV is under 4 metres.

There are several first in class features on offer and many for Tata cars too. There is a HD touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, push start and stop and even keyless entry. There is rear AC vent with blower speed control too and also arm rest. There seems to be a lot of work done as even an umbrella holder is offered.

There is a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine producing 108bhp of power and 180Nm of maximum torque. The second engine is a 1.5-litre diesel that produces about 108bhp of power and 260Nm of maximum torque. The diesel is the most powerful offering in this segment. Also, it comes with a six-speed manual transmission.

 

Tata Nexon Variants

Tata Nexon will be launched by August/September 2017. The production has already started. It will be manufactured in Ranjangaon. The plant that Fiat shares with Tata Motors. This plant is a joint-venture between the two companies. Tata Motors will want to get this SUV at the earliest to boost its sales for the festive season. The compact SUV has a good demand and Tata Nexon could cash in the numbers.

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Tata Nexon Launch Date

This shall be Tata Motors first compact SUV. This will also be the company’s first monocoque SUV. The launch is expected to be around August. The company is looking at launching it before the festive season and August/September shall be the ideal time for it to come out. It will be the festive season that shall boost the sales numbers, enhancing the company’s reach and improving its market share. This is one of the most anticipated launch of the year. The Ford Ecosport and Maruti Vitara Brezza have good market share.

Tata Nexon rear space

Tata Nexon Price in India

Tata Nexon Price in India

ModelPrice (on-road)
Petrol XEINR 7.1 lakhs
Petrol XMINR 7.9 lakhs
Petrol XTINR 8.9 lakhs
Petrol XZINR 10.8 lakhs
Diesel XEINR 9.7 lakhs
Diesel XMINR 10.5 lakhs
Diesel XTINR 11.1 lakhs
Diesel XZINR 11.5 lakhs

*Expected pricing

Tata Nexon should be priced aggressively. This will be the company’s new SUV and as it will want to be a major player in this segment. Tata Motors shall be looking at undercutting its competition. We reckon the pricing of this new SUV will be somewhere in the range of INR 7.2 lakhs to INR 11.5 lakhs (on-road). There will be an AMT on offer, but not at the moment. The initial lot will have only manual transmission.

Tata Nexon rear

Tata Nexon Engine

Engine1.2-litre turbo petrol1.5-litre turbo diesel
Power110bhp110bhp
Torque180Nm260Nm
Transmission6-speed manual, AMT
SteeringElectric power assisted
Ground Clearance200mm
Tyre Size16-inch

A 1.2-litre turbo petrol will churn about 108bhp of power and 180Nm of maximum torque. This engine has been derived from the Tiago one, but it has a turbocharger. There is a lot more power too on offer. The Nexon comes with more engine power and due to the turbo, there is better torque too. The other new bit about this powertrain is how it comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This is the first compact SUV to have a six-speed manual transmission.

The 1.5-litre diesel engine produces about 108bhp of power and it has the best-in-class torque of 260Nm. This is the most powerful diesel engine in this segment and this also has a six-speed transmission. This is the four-cylinder version of the Tiago. Both the engines come with multiple driving modes. There is Eco, City and Sport. These can be controlled by a knob. This is also first in class feature. The Nexon will be only a front-wheel drive SUV and it won’t have an AWD anytime soon.

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Tata Nexon rear AC vents

Tata Nexon Mileage (with AMT)

Tata Nexon MileageDiesel MileagePetrol MileageDiesel AMT Mileage
City15 km/l13 km/l14 km/l
Highway19 km/l16 km/l18 km/l
ARAI Claimed22 km/l19 km/l21 km/l

Tata Motors has been producing highly fuel-efficient engines and we expect these two also to have similar numbers. As the petrol is similar to the Tiago, it should return close to 13km/l in the city and about 17km/l on the highway. At the same time, the diesel engine will return about 17km/l in the city and 20km/l on the highway at least.

Tata Nexon rear end

Tata Nexon Design

There won’t be a major difference in the design of the Tata Nexon. This means that it will looks more like a crossover. There is a large honeycomb front grille with humanity line. The headlamps are a continuation of the design. Surprisingly there are no daytime running LEDs, atleast they don’t seem to be visible. The front bumper is large and the fog lamps round. The bonnet is crowned in shape. The side profile is very much like a crossover. There were three tone shades used on the car displayed at the 2016 Auto Expo. The roofline is sloping. The rear doesn’t look like any of the current compact SUVs. The styling is different from the rest.

Tata Nexon tail lamp

From the side it looks like a crossover. It looks more like a fastback that has met a crossover. The roof line that slopes downwards looks good. It has a shallow glass area and a thick C-pillar. The Tata Nexon is stylish but not too aggressive. it is rather a shareo looking vehicle. The Tata Nexon will come with a dual colour option as well. The rear looks compact, and there is a neatly integrated rear spoiler also. The Nexon is sure to be an eye catching SUV and one of the most trendy looking vehicles on our roads.

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Tata Nexon Interior

Tata vehicles have always been spacious. This has been one of their biggest USPs starting from Nano to the Hexa. The Tata Nexon shall be no different. In terms of space and features, the Nexon will be competitive. To begin with there will be keyless entry, push start stop, HD touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and reverse camera. There should even be navigation on offer too. For rear passengers there will be AC vents with blower speed control and rear arm rest too.

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The space on offer should be good enough and the Nexon will have more than sufficient space. We reckon both the rows to be comfortable enough to seat five people. The boot space too will be good.

Tata Nexon door pocket
Umbrella holder in the door

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Tata Nexon Engine and Transmission 

Tata Motors had mentioned about the 1.2-litre turbo petrol and the 1.5-litre turbo diesel engines in its specifications list. But the details that were revealed were of the diesel engine only. We aren’t certain if there will be petrol and diesel engines coming both but the diesel shall be offered. This isn’t an all new engine, the 1.4-litre CR4 engine has been rebored to 1.5-litre. Apart from that, there have been multiple changes in the injection system, overhead camshafts and compression ratio. This engine has been tuned for good enough for even better performance and mileage. At the same time, multiple driving modes have been added too. This means one can opt to change the driving mode, be it Economy, Comfort or Sport.

This feature will be made available in both petrol and diesel engines. The engines are likely to be mated to a six-speed manual transmission and even an AMT also. The latter shall not have multiple driving modes, just a Sport mode. Then there will be only front wheel drive only.

Tata Nexon red rear

Tata Nexon Competition

Tata Nexon competes with the Ford Ecosport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Mahindra TUV300. The other competing products in the same price range are Honda WRV and the Hyundai i20 Active. Apart from this, the Nexon falls in the same price bracket like the Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and Fiat Linea. The Zest is also in a similar price point for some of the variants.

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Tata Nexon Key Features

Tata Nexon red

Exterior

  • Stylish fascia
  • Daytime running LEDs
  • Sloping roof
  • 16-inch wheels
  • LED tail lamps

Interior

  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • 8-speaker Harman music system
  • Reverse camera
  • Voice command
  • Rear AC vents
  • Umbrella holder in the door
  • 60:40 split rear seat
  • Rear AC vents
  • Steering mounted audio controls

Safety

Tata Nexon Dimensions

Length

3,995mm

Width

1,811.7mm

Height

1,607.4mm

Wheelbase

2,470mm

Ground Clearance

200mm

Seating

5 Seater

 

The Tata Nexon appears to be compact and doesn’t even seem to be about 4 metres. But on the inside is very spacious and there is more than sufficient space inside the SUV and even the boot to make it comfortable. This is what makes the Nexon a good option to consider in terms of space. The  tall stance cannot be neglected thanks to its high ground clearance. There is more than sufficient space and the Nexon appears to be tall.

Tata Nexon Feature Highlights

Multi Drive Modes –  The Multi Drive Mode function offers three different driving modes, which are Eco, City and Sport. These modes can be selected via a selector knob. City mode allows cruising swiftly in city traffic, while the Sport mode delivers punchy performance.Tata Nexon - Multi Drive ModesFloating Dashtop HD Touchscreen A floating dash top screen comes in as a first in the segment feature. This is a the 6.5-inch display HD touchscreen that makes the interiors look premium. This is also a safety feature as it falls in line of sight. The HD screen offers good clarity.
Tata Nexon - Floating Dashtop HD TouchscreenPowerful & Torquey Engines The Nexon offers a segment first 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre Diesel engine. These are mated to a six-speed transmission.

Harman Infotainment System  – The Nexon will come with an advanced Harman infotainment system enabled with a drive mode based HMI theme. The 8-speaker system with high-fidelity reproduced very good sound. It is also equipped with Android Auto and Apple Car Play.  The improved connectivity with help of Google’s android auto via USB enables the user to access calling, messaging, navigation and voice assistance from the infotainment system. Infotainment system comes with the ability of read text & Whatsapp messages and voice based reply commands.

Centre Console with Sliding Tambour Door Mechanism The “Grand Central Console”, inspired by high end cars gives a very premium and sporty feel to interiors. Unique sliding tambour door mechanism allows easy storage space.

Push Start-Stop – Tata Nexon is the first car in the family that will be offered with this compact SUV.

Rear AC vents –  This will be offered in this compact SUV. Tata will be the first company to offer this in a compact SUV. Ecosport and Maruti Vitara Brezza do not offer this at the moment. Tata Nexon will even offer rear arm rest also.

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Tata Nexon is an exciting compact SUV and it could raise the bar in this segment. Tata's first monocoque chassis SUV and even the smallest they ave ever made.