Everyone in the industry is waiting for the Tata Nexon compact SUV to officially launch in India. The company has now finally announced that the Nexon will indeed be launched in India next month, i.e., September 2017. Moreover, the Tata Nexon bookings are already underway at all Tata Motors dealerships across the country.
Tata Motors had earlier released a statement that mentioned the start of production of the Nexon compact SUV. A single batch of vehicles has been produced at the company’s Ranjangaon factory in Maharashtra. These vehicles are expected to be used as media vehicles for the upcoming media drives later next month. Additionally, Tata Motors is also planning to start displaying the Nexon in various shopping malls and major dealerships across the country in order to bring the product into the eyes of more prospective customers.
The upcoming Tata Nexon compact SUV has already been spotted testing in India multiple times. A couple of images of an uncamouflaged variant have also surfaced, that has revealed how the production model will look like. Though the images don’t capture the car’s front end, it makes it apparent that the production-spec Nexon SUV will borrow most of its design elements from the production ready concept that was showcased at the auto expo last year. The recent undisguised spy shots are of a white-coloured model which is most likely in its top-end trim.
Tata Motors is currently on a roll in the Indian car market. After setting the hatchback segment on fire with its last year’s launch of the Tiago, the automaker attacked the luxury SUV marketplace and launched the Tata Hexa to rival cult brands like the Mahindra XUV 500 and the Toyota Innova Crysta. Then there is the Tigor compact sedan lineup up for launch in the next couple of months and the Tiago AMT that will be introduced by July this year. But there is one marketplace that the automaker is currently not present in – the compact SUV segment. This is where the Tata Nexon will be launched.
The compact SUV segment is currently the hottest marketplace in the country. Various studies and monthly sales figures have revealed that Indian customers are preferring SUVs and crossovers over compact sedans. This has resulted in various new launched in the compact SUV segment. Currently, Maruti rules the market with the Vitara Brezza, while the Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV300 are closely following in the second and third spot respectively. With Hyundai’s upcoming compact SUV still around a year away, it is Tata Motors who is looking promising with an upcoming offering.
Here’s what we know about the Tata Nexon so far.
Tata Nexon expected launch date in India
If speculations in the industry are to be believed, the Nexon compact SUV will be launched in India in the next couple of months, preferably in August 2017. We will update the official launch date here once the company announces its schedule.
Tata Nexon expected price
The only reason behind the Tiago’s success is its mouth-watering price tag and Tata Motors must acknowledge this fact. As a result, the automaker will likely try to price the Nexon in a competitive range in order to provide a better value for money proposition to customers looking at the Maruti Vitara Brezza or the Ford EcoSport. As a result, we expect the Nexon’s India price to be tagged in the range of Rs. 6 lakh for the entry-level petrol to Rs. 10 lakh for the top-end diesel.
|Tata Nexon Variants||Expected Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Base Model||Rs. 6 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs. 10 lakh|
Tata Nexon Specifications
Specifications of the Nexon compact SUV have been revealed by Tata Motors, according to which, the compact SUV will be offered with two engine options: a petrol and a diesel. The petrol Nexon will get a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine which will develop an output of around 110 HP of power and a peak torque of 170 Nm. Transmission options on offer with include a 5-speed MT and an AMT. The diesel will get a 1.5-litre turbo engine churning out 108 BHP and 260 Nm of torque with a 6-speed MT gearbox as standard.
|Engine||1.2-litre, turbo Petrol|
|Power||110 hp @ 5,000 rpm|
|Torque||170 Nm @ 2,000 – 4,000 rpm|
|Power||110 hp @ 3,750 rpm|
|Torque||260 Nm @ 1,500 – 2,750 rpm|
Tata Nexon Mileage expected
|Tata Nexon variant||Estimated ARAI Mileage|
|Petrol Model||18 km/l|
|Diesel Model||23 km/l|
Tata Nexon Dimensions and Size
|Ground Clearance||200 mm|
Tata Nexon Exteriors
The Nexon is based on Tata’s new IMPACT design philosophy. As a result, it includes some family trait design cues, including the smiling grille at the front that house the Tata logo. Both sides of this grille are flanked by projector headlamps, while the lower bumper area gets a faux skid plate to add ruggedness to the car’s looks.
The side profile gets a slightly quirky design. The roof curves over to end in a thick C-pillar, which gets a small black insert on the lower edge to give the silhouette a floating roof effect. The spotted model gets 16-inch, 5-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels, roof rails with a silver finish and black plastic moulding on the lower section of door pads.
The rear too looks slightly awkward in these spy shots. The overall width of the car is relatively narrower than other compact SUVs in the market. Moreover, the rear design has a lot of styling elements, which make the car’s tail a bit too busy. The wraparound tail lights are slightly smaller for a car of this size. The rear windscreen has been trimmed to a smaller size to accommodate the body coloured strip that joins the two tail lights on both ends and houses the Tata logo in the centre. The lower bumper area, around the number plate housing is a blacked out unit that sticks out from the car’s body line.
At the moment, we aren’t really impressed by the Nexon’s design language. However, since the spy shots have been taken at a strange angle, we will wait to see the car in flesh before giving a final design verdict.
Tata Nexon Features
Like all recent Tata vehicles, the Nexon will also come with multi-drive modes. There will be three different drive modes on offer – Eco, City and Sport. Each mode will have different engine response tuning to deliver the combination of utmost performance and efficiency.
The Tata Nexon will thus become the first compact SUV in the Indian market to come with multi-drive modes. The City mode is tuned to provide maximum torque under lower rpms to aid drivability in traffic. The Eco mode is designated to improve fuel economy of the vehicle. On the other hand, the Sport model will allow the driver to take advantage of each and every BHP and Nm coming out from the engine’s crank shaft.
The driver will be able to select one of these three driving modes on the Tata Nexon through a rotary dial placed on the centre console. This arrangment has already been seen on various models of the Land Rover brand, which is currently owned by Tata Motors.
Floating HD touchscreen infotainment system
The biggest highlight of the Tata Nexon’s interiors is the free standing touchscreen infotainment system mounted on top of the centre console. This 6.2-inch high-definition display will be offering high-definition visuals and will also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, the driver will be able to access the infotainment system through steering mounted controls as well.
The infotainment system in question will be mated to an 8-speaker sound system from Harman Kardon. Having seen similar implementations in the Tiago, Tigor and Hexa, we expect the Nexon to come with high-quality and high-fidelity sound system setup.
Tata Nexon competitors
Spy Shots Courtesy – TeamBHP