Tata Nexon SUV takes on Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport; features new 110PS 1.2 petrol and 110PS 1.5-litre diesel engines
Tata Nexon was revealed at the 13th edition of the biennial Delhi Auto Expo to keep the ball rolling for the Indian auto maker in bringing an all-new product intended at the sub-compact SUV segment. The ontogeny of the new-found love among customers has instigated manufacturers to invest in the sugar-coated SUV space in recent years with Ford EcoSport having set the initial benchmark.
Mahindra followed up with the TUV300 and racked up the welfare while the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza went even better and has become the bestselling model in the UV segment altogether. The competition rose up sky high as Tata introduced the Nexon with paramount of expectations bundled on its back with affordable pricing.
In September, the Nexon garnered 2,772 units while on an increasing trend 3,099 examples were sold the following month. Having launched the SUV on the fourth week of September, Tata announced that 10,000 units of Nexon were rolled out from the Ranjangaon facility soon after and now the production has crossed over 25,000 mark.
In the first month of 2018, Tata retailed nearly 5,000 Nexons emphasising its increasing popularity every month and beat some of the established rivals in its segment. The Tata Nexon is constructed on a heavily-modified Indica platform and shaped on the new-gen Impact design ethos.
We drove the SUV and came out mightily impressed. Here we have put together all the essential particulars you need to know about the Tata Nexon here:
The Tata Nexon sub-four metre SUV was introduced into the domestic market on September 21. It was made available for customer test drive from the same month’s second week and the bookings began in authorised Tata showrooms across India from beginning of that month.
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||From Rs. 5.99 lakh to Rs. 9.62 lakh|
The new arrival from the Indian auto giant has starting price of Rs. 5.99 lakh for base XE petrol and it goes up to Rs. 9.62 lakh for the range-topping diesel.
Variant Wise Pricing: Petrol
|VARIANT||PRICE (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|XZ+ with Dual Tone Roof||Rs. 8,77,000|
Variant Wise Pricing: Diesel
|VARIANT||PRICE (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|XZ+ with Dual Tone Roof||Rs. 9,62,000|
Tata Nexon SUV Variants
With two engine options, the Nexon is offered in four different trims namely XE, XM, XT and XZ+. Here are the variants wise features:
Tata Nexon XE
- LED Inserted Tail lamps
- Front Power Windows
- Manual Climate Control
- ABS with EBD
- Driver And Co-Passenger Air Bags
- Triple Tone Interior
- 16-Inch Steel Wheels Shod On 195/65 section Tyres
- Single tone wheel covers
- Fabric seats
- Umbrella Holder In Front Doors
- Glovebox With Separate Storage Spaces
- Folding Rear Seat
- Multiple Driving Modes
- Rake And Reach Adjustable Steering
Tata Nexon XM
- Electrically Adjustable Wing Mirrors
- Power Windows
- Fast Charging USB
- Remote Central Locking
- Rear Parking Sensors With Guidelines
- Shark Fin Antenna
- Two-Tone Wheel Covers
- Harman ConnectNext Sound System With Four Speakers
- AM/FM, USB, Aux-in, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity
- Multi-functional Steering Wheel With Audio Controls
Tata Nexon XT
- Rear Air Conditioning Vents
- Body Coloured Wing Mirrors And Door Handles
- Roof Rails
- Auto Climatic Control
- Electrically Foldable Side Mirrors
- Cooled And Illuminated Glovebox
- Rear Power Outlet
Tata Nexon XZ+
- 6.5-Inch Touchscreen Infotainment System With Android Auto And Voice Commands And Alerts
- Harman Eight Speaker Audio System
- Dual-tone Roof
- 16-Inch Alloy Wheels Wrapped In 215/60 Tyres
- Projector Headlamps With DRLs
- Front Centre Armrest
- Sliding Tambour Door Storage
- Rear Centre Armrest With Cup Holders
- Voice Command Assisted Climate Control
- Rear 60:40 Split Seat and Fold
- Height Adjustable Seatbelts And Driver Seat
- Smart Key With Push-Button Start
- Rear parking camera
- Day/night inside rearview mirror
- Front And Rear Fog Lamps
- Rear Defogger
Tata Nexon SUV Dimensions
|Bootspace||350 litres (690 litres when rear seats folded)|
It measures about 3,994 mm in length, 1,811 mm in width, 1,607 mm in height and gains a wheelbase of 2,498 mm. It has fuel tank capacity of 44 litres, bootspace of 350 litres that can be extended to 690 litres when rear seats fold down flat and commendable ground clearance of 209 mm.
The Tata Nexon five-seater SUV is based on a new platform that has its origins in the X1 Indica architecture underpinning the well-received Tata Tiago hatchback. To bite down the soaring production costs, the sub-compact SUV will share several components and equipment with the Tiago.
The five-seater SUV draws design inspirations from the Range Rover Evoque and thoroughly based on the Nexon concept unveiled at the 2014 edition of Auto Expo. It sticks by the new generation Impact design philosophy with a swoopy profile and flowing character lines.
It has a contemporary design unlike the original concept with with hexagonal mesh black front grille, silver-lined LED headlamp cluster, white bordered round-ish fog lamps, stacked-out lower airdams, prominent black body cladding on the sides from tip to end, bespoke wheel arches, floating-roof with black pillars, chrome beading on sills of windows, sloping roofline that could hurt rear cabin space, etc.
The top-of-the-line variant could sit on the bigger 17-inch alloy wheels whilst other variants could get standard 16-inch wheels with 215/65 R16 tyres. It could get a high ground clearance of 200 mm with spare wheel mounted underneath.
Tata Nexon SUV Interior and Features
Stepping on the inside, the all-new sub-compact SUV is largely identical to the Tiago hatchback with the multi-functional steering wheel with audio control buttons, central floating instrument panel, a new generation 6.5-inch Harman touchscreen infotainment system with Radio, USB, Aux and Bluetooth connectivity, reversing camera, start/stop push button, keyless entry, satellite navigation and a eight speakers audio system along with voice control and command recognition.
The first-in-class floating dashtop, the 6.5-inch display HD touchscreen, adds to the premium interior. The dashtop touchscreen is said to reduce “eye-off road time” for added safety while HD screen makes graphics vivid and lively. In the Nexon, the advanced Harman infotainment system enables drive mode based HMI theme. The 8-speaker system with high-fidelity audio reproduction and harmonic richness is stated to give “personalised home theatre experience.” Additionally, the Nexon comes equipped with Android Auto and Car Play (Car play to be offered soon).
The improved connectivity with Google’s android auto via USB helps user to access calling, messaging, navigation and voice assistance from the infotainment system with the ability of read text and Whatsapp messages and voice based reply commands. The “Grand Central Console”, inspired by high end cars, boasts unique sliding tambour door mechanism for easy storage space.
Tata Nexon SUV Engine Specifications
|1.2-litre Revotron three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine||110 PS at 5,000 rpm and 170 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm|
|1.5-litre Revotorq four-cylinder diesel engine||110 PS at 3,750 rpm of power and 260 Nm of torque at 1,500-2,750 rpm|
|Transmission||Six-Speed Manual Only|
The Nexon’s powertrain line-up features a new diesel engine and an uprated petrol engine. The new 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel mill producing 110 PS at 3,750 rpm of power and 260 Nm of torque at 1,500-2,750 rpm is mated with a six-speed manual transmission.
The 1.2-litre Revotron three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, that does duty on the Tata Zest, Tiago and Tigor, is uprated to develop a maximum power output of 110 PS at 5,000 rpm and 170 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm and it will also be linked with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The five-seater SUV could also get the ‘F-Tronic’ AMT (automated manual transmission) only on the top-end diesel variant sourced from Magneti Marelli at a later time. The petrol engine is produced at Sanand plant while the diesel is rolled out from the Ranjangaon facility. Both the power units will have first-in-segment Eco, City and Sport driving modes.
The first-in-segment Multi Drive Mode function allows for seamless switch between the three drive modes to experience different personalities of the Nexon. Each mode ensures that vehicle delivers the performance as per the requirement of driver according to the brand. Tata says Sport mode is for “spirited driving” delivering 260 Nm maximum torque in diesel variants while City mode allows to cruise easily in traffic.
Tata Nexon Mileage
|Tata Nexon Petrol||17 kmpl|
|Tata Nexon Diesel||21.5 kmpl|
The Tata Nexon is ARAI certified to return a mileage of 17 kmpl for petrol and 21.5 kmpl for diesel variants.
Tata Nexon Key Rivals
The Tata Nexon will be vying for spotlight against Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the likes.