The concept of compact SUVs took India by a storm, and why wouldn't it. Our roads are bad, but also congested. Hence, a car that has slightly higher ride height but is the size of about a hatchback works well for this country. The compact SUV rage caught on with the launch of the Ford EcoSport in 2013, post which other car marques followed suit, including Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Tata had been a little, or rather very late, in entering this segment. However, with the Nexon, it may just catch up with the brands that did start early. Our resident car tester had a go in the Nexon and thought that it was by far the best Tata he'd driven. Find out why.
The Nexon gets a centrally mounted 6.5 inch HD display touchscreen which comes with Tata's ConnectNext as standard, but customers can also get Android Auto and Apple Car play. There's an automatic climate control and eight Harman speakers designed and placed by specialists to maximise acoustic appeal.
The Nexon will have two engine options - a 1.2-litre turbocharged Petrol and a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol. They both make the same power at 110 hp, but the diesel engine churns out 260 Nm of torque, which is 70 Nm more than the petrol unit. The engines are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The Nexon will be capable of a top speed of up to 180 kph. Tata have not yet put a number for the Nexon's fuel efficiency, however, the tank capacity is 44 litres and it is expected to deliver 19-24 kmpl, depending upon the engine.
Both the engines get three different drive modes - Sport, City and Eco. Sport tenses up the throttle, Eco makes the throttle response go mellow and help it deliver better fuel efficiency, and City mode is a mix of the other two modes.
According to some media reports, the company will bring the AMT (automated manual transmission) version of the Nexon by the end of this ongoing financial year. The company launched the AMT gearbox on its hatchback Tiago earlier this year and its sub-compact sedan Tata Tigor is yet to get an AMT gearbox. In an email response, a Tata Motors spokesperson said that "there are no fixed timeline for AMT on Tata Nexon at the moment.
The tambour sliding door above the central storage unit and an armrest with storage gives the Nexon a premium appeal. The fit and finish and the materials used inside are overall better than most Tata cars so far.
The Nexon also get a cooled, illuminated and expandable glove box, that is quite spacious, along with which it gets plenty of cubby holes all around, including the door frame holders that can drain out fluids, without them entering the cabin.
Full details on how many colours will the Nexon be available in not confirmed yet. But by the looks of it, there will be a blue, red, white, perhaps orange and these colours will be dual tone with a hint of grey on the pillars and the roofline.
The Nexon also gets a Jaguar F-Pace style wristband key, which can be used in place of the key to start and the lock the car. Tata have not yet said whether it will come as standard or will be available as an optional accessory.
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