Tata Nexon SUV will take on Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport; will feature 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 early last year 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 has risen up sky high before Tata rolls out the Nexon from production lines with paramount of expectations bundled on its back.
Recent spy images of the butch-looking compact SUV show a new driving mode knob as opposed to buttons seen in the Zest and Bolt. It will help driver to switch between City, Eco and Sport modes. Codenamed X104 internally, the Tata Nexon will be constructed on a heavily-modified Indica platform and shaped on the new-gen Impact design ethos. The spy video posted above will give a clear indication of how the road-going version, which will also take on the Maruti Ignis, could look like with a conventional exterior. Here we have put together all the essential particulars you need to know about the Tata Nexon:
Tata Nexon SUV India Launch and Price:
The Tata Nexon sub-four metre SUV will be introduced into the domestic market this festive season (September or October) and it will be showcased to the media in the last week of July. The new arrival from the Indian auto giant is expected to be priced in the range between Rs. 5.5 lakh and Rs. 9 lakh.
Tata Motors will soon be dispatching the cars to the dealerships across the country in a phased manner as the first batch of the much-awaited compact SUV has been rolled out of the production lines in Ranjangaon.
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Between Rs. 5.5 lakh and Rs. 9 lakh|
Tata Nexon SUV Dimensions & Exterior:
It will measure about 3,990 mm in length, 1,730 mm in width, 1,600 mm in height and gains a wheelbase of 2,470 mm. The Tata Nexon five-seater SUV is based on the modified X1 Indica platform that underpins 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 will largely be 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.
Tata Nexon SUV Engine and Performance:
The Nexon’s powertrain line-up will feature 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 will be 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, will be 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 will be produced at Sanand plant while the diesel will be rolled out from the Ranjangaon facility. Both the power units will have first-in-segment Eco, City and Sport driving modes.
Tata Nexon Mileage:
The Tata Nexon is expected to return a mileage of 19 kmpl for petrol and 23 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.