The upcoming Tata Nexon compact SUV has recently been spotted without any camouflage. 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.
The Nexon will be the fourth product to be based on Tata’s new IMPACT design language. It was previously showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in Greater Noida and has been spotted testing multiple time on Indian roads. Speculations now suggest that the Nexon will be Tata Motors’ last launch of 2017 and will thus officially be introduced by the end of this year.
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 by the end of this year, preferably around October and November. 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
The Nexon compact SUV is expected to 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 105 – 110 BHP 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||105 bhp – 110 bhp|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT and AMT|
Tata Nexon Mileage expected
|Tata Nexon variant||Estimated ARAI Mileage|
|Petrol Model||18 km/l|
|Diesel Model||23 km/l|
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
- Projector headlamps
- LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)
- LED taillights
- Coupe-like sloping roof line
- 16-inch alloys
- Harman Kardon 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Tata Nexon competitors
- Maruti Vitara Brezza
- Ford EcoSport
- Mahindra TUV300
Spy Shots Courtesy – TeamBHP