Tata Nexon launch live updates
The Tata Nexon has been in the works for quite some time now, becoming one of the most awaited sub-compact SUVs of the year. Set apart by its impactful design with a coupe’ style fastback roofline flared wheel arches and almost buggy-ish 16inch wheels. Now Tata has poured their heart and soul into the Nexon and it shows, the interiors are leagues ahead of what Tata’s used to be. The design is provocative and while it still hints at the Tata family design, it is one of the few concepts that made it to production without losing that much in the process. Tata will make and sell the Nexon with a 1.2 l turbocharged petrol and a 1.5 l turbo-charged diesel both making 108 hp, both of which will send power to the wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox although Tata has not ruled out the possibility of an AMT in the future. In terms of safety, the Nexon gets ABS with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and dual front airbags as standard across the range. As expected Tata has undercut the competition in terms of pricing to get ahead in terms of sales and get a head start on the new Ecosport set to launch in the same segment later this year.
1:10 pm: Tata will also sell you a wristband key, akin to that on the F-pace, that allows you to ditch the key. Although this will be available as an optional extra.
1:05 pm: The Nexon's interiors are a game changer for Tata. The rubberised centre console and well-damped switchgear feel premium to touch and might be the best switchgear we've seen on a sub-10 lakh Tata ever. Google Android Auto and Apple Car Play are both well integrated and make an exceptional addition to the dash. Tata has also given the Nexon a storage unit on the centre console with a tambour door, that is more akin to European cars.
1:00 pm: Here is how the Nexon fairs against its immediate competition in terms of dimensions:
Maruti Vitara Brezza
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12:55 pm: The roofline on the Nexon betrays its actual size, the flowing coupe-style roofline might make the Nexon look smaller than the competition, but when placed side by side with competition it is apparent that it almost identical in terms of dimensions.
12:49 pm: Both petrol and Diesel Nexon's will be available in XE XM XT XZ+ XZ+ (dual tone roof) variants. XE variant will get Steel Wheels, Front Power windows, Manual AC, Driver Information System, Multi driving modes, Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD. The XM variant will have Harman 4 speaker audio system, Bluetooth Steering mounted controls, ConnectNext smartphone integration, Reverse parking sensors, Central locking with remote, Front and rear power windows and Electric ORVMs(additional to those on the XE). The XZ variant will get Body coloured ORVMs and door handles, Sharkfin antenna, Automatic climate control, Rear AC vents with blower control, Electrically retractable ORVMs and Cooled glovebox.
12:45 pm: The Tata Nexon will be available with a 1.2 l turbocharged petrol and a 1.5 l turbo-charged diesel both making 108 hp, both of which will send power to the wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox.The Diesel engine will make 260 Nm of torque while the Petrol 170 Nm of twist.
12:35 pm: Tata's Guenter Butschek says that there are no plans for 4x4 version but AMT is on the cards. Positioned as a lifestyle vehicle the Nexon will garner interest with the younger populace, who aims to have a daily drive car that will be capable of the odd adventure.
12:30 pm: The Nexon has been priced aggressively, which is what we had expected, undercutting the competition by almost a lakh. However, Tata has specified that these prices are only an introductory offer and will be subject to revision in the days to come.
12: 27 pm: Here's our video review of the Tata Nexon:
12:24 pm: The variant wise prices for the Nexon diesel ex-showroom Delhi will be:
Variant XE XM XT XZ+ XZ+ (dual tone roof)
Diesel 6.85 lakh 7.39 lakh 8.14 lah 9.29 lakh 9.44 lakh
12:20 pm: The Variant Wise Prices for the Nexon petrol ex-showroom Delhi will be as follows:
Variant XE XM XT XZ+ XZ+ (dual tone roof)
Petrol 5.85 lakh 6.49 lakh 7.29 lah 8.44 lakh 8.59 lakh
12:15 pm: The Tata Nexon Diesel will be priced between 6.85 lakh ex-showroom and will top out at 9.45 lakh ex-showroom for the range-topping XZ+ with the dual tone roof option.
12:12c pm: The Tata Nexon petrol has been launched at 5.85 lakh for the petrol in India as an introductory price.
12: 10 pm: The Tata Nexon is being positioned as a lifestyle SUV by the company and hence the focus on giving it a standout design. It's one of the few vehicles to have carried over the concept design into the production stage. The development of the Nexon was carried out entirely in India with help from some global suppliers.
12:07 pm: The Nexon marks the entry of Tata Motors into the fast-growing sub-sour metre SUV/ crossover segment but the entrance has come quite late. A super-competitive price-tag is imperative and it's a matter of minutes before we get to know it.
12:00 pm: We tested the Tata Nexon in Kochi a few weeks ago, read our full review here: http://www.financialexpress.com/auto/reviews/tata-nexon-first-drive-review-good-enough-to-take-on-the-maruti-vitara-brezza/783441/
11:55 am: The Tata Nexon will also get steering mounted controls for the infotainment system. Although the steering wheel itself could have used a slightly meatier in hand feel, it's not something that we would call a deal breaker
11:50 am: The Nexon will be available only with a 6-speed manual gearbox at the time of launch, although it is likely that an AMT will follow soon so as to properly take control of the market. The gearbox shifts smoothly and has well-defined gates, and Tata has matched the gear ratios well with the first and the second gears being short getting longer as you go through the gears.
11:45 am: The range-topping XZ plus variant gets Push button start, Smart key, Height adjustable driver seat, Harman 8-speaker audio system, 6.5-inch floating top touchscreen, Android Auto, Reverse camera with adaptive gridlines, Projector headlamps and LED DRLs, 16-inch machine cut alloy wheels, Cornering fog lamps, 60:40 rear split seats, Rear armrest and floor console storage with sliding door.
11:40 am: The XE variant will get Steel Wheels, Front Power windows, Manual AC, Driver Information System, Multi driving modes, Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD. The XM variant will have Harman 4 speaker audio system, Bluetooth Steering mounted controls, ConnectNext smartphone integration, Reverse parking sensors, Central locking with remote, Front and rear power windows and Electric ORVMs(additional to those on the XE). The XZ variant will get Body coloured ORVMs and door handles, Sharkfin antenna, Automatic climate control, Rear AC vents with blower control, Electrically retractable ORVMs and Cooled glovebox.
11:30 am: The Tata Nexon will be available in four variants at the launch XE, XM, XZ and XT plus. The lowest variant being the XE while the XT plus will the range topper for both petrol and diesel motors.
11:25 am: Tata Motors has also revealed its new brand identity, 'Connecting Aspirations' that represents the personality of the brand as an interconnected system of mobility solutions. This is the companies first steps towards a possible electric autonomous future, although it may be a while before we see the philosophy in the metal.
11:20 am: The Tata Nexon is loosely based on the same platform that underpins the Bolt, Tiago and the Zest. It's been given a 210 mm of ground clearance which should serve to clear most obstacles that can come in the way of a bit of soft-off roading. The 16-inch wheels also play a big part in stabilizing the Nexon when the speeds get high.
11:15 am: The interiors on the Nexon are a game-changer as far as Tata is concerned. The Nexon gets a cooled-and light glovebox, the glove box door has drink holders and cubbies as well and can be doubled up as a tray if required. The rubberised finish on the dashboard feels premium to touch as do the rest of the plastics in the interior. The dashboard gets gloss finished accents. Even the quality of the switchgear is step-up from any Tata we have seen in the past, the buttons all seem premium to touch and are well damped.
11:00 am: The alternative 1.5-litre diesel Rrevotorq motor also makes 108 hp, but thanks to the added weight of the motor in front and the 260 Nm of torque, it makes the Diesel a lot better to drive. Even the NVH levels are quite low for a diesel motor although it can sound a bit gruff when the engine is cold. Although the diesel is likely to be more expensive than the petrol it is definitely our pick of the two motors.
10:55 am: The 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine, is quite refined and NVH levels are low. Although in City or Eco modes the engine does feel a bit winded and requires more than a good push to seem responsive. Although these problems can be dealt with by putting it in Sports mode at the cost of mileage
10:50 am: Another unique feature on the Nexon is the three active drive modes which can be changed on the fly via a European style infinity dial on the centre console. Allowing you to choose between Eco, City and Sports mode. Eco mode tunes the engine towards fuel efficiency, while City mode is a power torque mid-point, Sports mode extracts the entirety of 110bhp from both motors maximising on the torque band as well.
10:45 am: The Nexon is the first Tata car that features Tata's new Impact design philosophy, and that is exactly what it does, the flowing fastback coupe-style roofline, that gives it the compact-ish looks. The flared wheel arches paired with the 16-inch rims add to the buggy meets SUV design.
10:40 am: Nexon is the only sub-four metre SUV in the market right now to offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza only has Mirror Link and Apple CarPlay.
10:30 am: The Tata Nexon gets two motors that will aim to edge out the competition, a three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol that makes 170 Nm of torque and 108 hp of power. While it's 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel revotorq will also make 108 hp of power while making a rather heady 260 Nm of torque.
10:25 am: The Nexon also gets a 7 speaker Harman unit, which is powered through a 6.5-inch dash mounted display which is compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The infotainment unit also gets Tata's own Connect Next UI preloaded although it does seem dated in contrast to the Android Auto Interface.
10:20 am: The Nexon gets a 350litre boot which is more than sufficient for a weekend getaway, the rear seats can be folded in the 60:40 configuration to boost the luggage space. Entirely folded over the Nexon will have 650 litres in the boot, enough to fit a full-size washing machine is what Tata say.
10:15 am: Dimensionally speaking the Nexon is almost identical to the rest of the segment pushing the length as close to the 4-metre mark as possible without breaching it. The Nexon is slightly wider than the Brezza, while the Brezza is slightly taller, however, both differences are marginal. While the Nexon loses out to the Brezza in terms of headroom, it takes back the win in cabin width.
10:10 am: In terms of safety features the Nexon gets ABS with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and dual front airbags as standard across the range. Both of which are not available on Brezza base models setting the Nexon apart from the competition.
10:05 am: In terms of infotainment the Nexon gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen system that is pre-loaded with Tata's ConnectNext system as default, but it also supports Apple Car Play and Android Auto, which allow plug and play use of android and apple phone, with app connectivity on the screen. Tata claims that the centre mounted display helps drastically reduce eyes off road time.
10:00 am: The Tata Nexon is a sub-four metre sub-compact SUV from Tata. Their first attempt in the segment once launched later today, it will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Honda WR-V and the soon to launch Tata Nexon.