Tata Nexon XZ slots between the XT and range-topping XZ+; gets features like 6.5-inch touchscreen, reverse parking camera and projector headlamps
Tata Motors’ new aggressive growth curve can be attributed to the success of the Tiago and Nexon. The subcompact SUV graced into the Indian market in September 2017 and since then it has become the second best-selling model for the homegrown automaker every month. Although competitively priced, the Nexon faced price hike due to yearly price revision for 2018 and it will have to deal with another price bump from April 1, 2018 as rising input costs and other economical situations were cited as the reasons.
The Mumbai-headquartered brand has constantly been playing around with new strategies for the Nexon which is about to reach 25,000 sales milestone. The Aero Kit with increased customisation options has been made available recently and at the 2018 Auto Expo last month, the soon-arriving six-speed AMT version was showcased with a new colour scheme.
The Nexon is signed up to be the official partner for the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League as well. The deal lasting for three years will help Tata in achieving more footfall for Nexon as cricket is the most popular sport in the country. Currently, Nexon is sold in XE, XM, XT, XZ+ variants and is priced between Rs. 6.63 lakh and Rs. 10.99 lakh (on-road, New Delhi).
The difference between the XT petrol and XZ+ petrol is around Rs. 1.40 lakh and right in the middle is where the new XZ variant slots in. Most buyers might prefer the relatively less expensive XM variant as it touches the sweet spot by having good number of features compared to the next higher variant called XT. The upcoming XZ is to lure in more customers to opt for a top-spec trim.
The features of the Nexon XZ variant reveal that it sits right in between the XT and XZ+. The XZ doesn’t have equipment present in the XZ+ like LED Daytime Running Lights, centre console with front armrest and the unique sliding door mechanism, alloy wheels, 60:40 split rear seat, rear centre armrest, front fog lamps with cornering assistance, rear defogger and smart key with push start/stop function.
However, some of the significant features such as projector headlamps, height adjustable driver seat, floating 6.5-inch Harman infotainment system with Android Auto connectivity, reverse parking camera, cooled glovebox, 4 tweeters, rear AC vents, electrically folding rear view mirrors and day/night IRVM are there. The Nexon is sold in five standard colour schemes: Moroccan Blue, Vermont Red, Calgary White, Seattle Silver, and Glasgow Grey.
The XZ variant is offered in all these shades but dual-tone appearance is reserved to the range-topping XZ+. The Nexon derives power from a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and a 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel with driving modes like Eco, City and Sport. The former is good enough to produce 110 PS and 170 Nm while the latter churns out 110 PS and 260 Nm. Both are mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
As we expected, the Tata Nexon XZ variant has just been launched and it is priced at Rs. 7,99,000 for the petrol variant and it goes up to Rs. 8,99,000 for the diesel variant (both prices, ex-showroom New Delhi). The prices make the Nexon XZ cheaper than the petrol-spec XZ+ by just over Rs. 43,000 and on the diesel front it costs around Rs. 58,000 lesser. The new variant’s prices won’t be affected by the upcoming price increase.