Before autoX comes out with its first driving impressions of the Tata Nexon, here is what’s expected from the upcoming compact SUV.
The Tata Nexon was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 as a production ready concept. Now, after almost 19 months, the car is all set to launch very soon in its production ready avatar. These are the areas where the Nexon is expected to shine.
Most of Tata’s recent compact cars have been priced pretty well, and you can expect the Nexon to follow the same route. Tata has put in a lot of time and resources into the Nexon, and so they’d not not want it to flop because of bad pricing. Expect the Nexon’s starting price to undercut both of its core rivals - Vitara Brezza and EcoSport, when it is launched.
While its competitor, Maruti Vitara Brezza relies on dual tone exteriors to attract the younger crowd, the Nexon won’t really need it. Granted, Tata is expected to offer Nexon with a dual tone exterior treatment, but Nexon’s design is flamboyant enough to make it stand out in whichever shade you buy it.
Loaded to the brim
Nexon will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza - which is one of the top selling cars in India today, and the Ford EcoSport - which has been consistently managing above average sales since its launch. Tata understands that the best way to lure customers away from established competition is to offer segment leading equipment levels.
So the Nexon will come equipped with the first in class driving modes in both petrol and diesel versions. The three modes - City, Sport and Eco, will differently adjust the throttle response to better suit the driving environment.
The Interiors draw a lot of inspiration from premium segment, and get some luxury-grade touches - like the sliding tambour door for the centre console. A fully loaded infotainment system, co-developed by HARMAN covers all the essential connectivity options you’d expect in 2017. It comes mated to 8 speakers to keep you entertained.
New Powertrain options
Its high time that Tata says goodbye its dependency on Fiat. And so, Tata’s newly developed Revotron petrol and Revotorque diesel engines will propel the new Nexon. These engines are based on the same motors which power the Tiago and Tigor, but have been thoroughly re-engineered to suit a bigger vehicle like the Nexon.
For instance, the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol, has undergone turbo treatment to produce 108bhp and 170Nm. So, EcoSport no longer will be the only compact SUV to feature turbo-petrol technology. However, Ford’s EcoBoost turbo-petrol develops more horses than Tata’s. The Brezza doesn’t even have a petrol option. Then there is the new 1.5-litre 4-cylinder diesel which makes 108bhp and healthy 250Nm of torque.
A segment first 6-speed manual will be standard on both the motors. An AMT will also be offered, giving the Nexon advantage over the Brezza, that has no automatic transmission option. Maruti is also rumoured to develop its own pair of 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, but Tata beat them to finish line, that’s for sure.