Tata Motors today launched it much awaited and first-ever compact crossover Nexon at a starting price of Rs 5.85 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The Nexon was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and to everyone's surprise the production model turned out to be almost similar to the concept model. The Nexon is a sub-four metre crossover and will compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV300. A standout aspect of the Nexon is its design, which is primarily due to the fastback-styled roof, raised stance and a muscular appeal, pertly due to the flared wheel arches. The compact crossover although late to the party of compact SUVs sports some unique features that are not available in the competition right now. The Nexon has been launched in both petrol and diesel versions and is based on a new platform, which has some parts tracing back to the platform underpinning the Tiago.
The petrol engine in the Nexon is a 1.2 litre unit, while the diesel unit displaces 1.5 litre. Both engines are turbocharged and develop a similar output of 108 hp but the diesel unit develops 260 Nm of torque, 70 Nm more than the petrol's 190 Nm. Both engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission, which offers easy and smooth shifts. Tata isn't offering an automatic option right now but is open to offering it if customers demand prevails. We expect the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) unit to make its way into the Nexon sometime early next year as demand for automatic gearboxes is on the rise, especially in urban centres.
The Nexon also comes with some segment-first features including a pop-out style touchscreen on the top of the centre console. The infotainment system offers Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link, which is also a first for this segment. The audio system comprises of a Harman unit with eight speakers, designed to offer maximum acoustic appeal, the company claims. Beyond other options such as Bluetooth, AUX-in, USB and FM, the Nexon also gets a Jaguar F-Pace styled wristband key, which can be used to lock/ unlock the car and start the ignition as well.
Being a crossover, the Nexon has a 210 mm ground clearance, which should be enough to glide over most obstacles and potholes found on Indian roads. The 215/60 R16 tyres not only lend the crossover a muscular appeal but help handling as well. The Nexon fares well on the safety front too and features front-dual airbags and ABS with EBD but misses out on Cruise Control, which is available in the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
The Nexon will be available in: Moroccan blue, Vermont red, Seattle silver, Glasgow grey and Calgary white colours.
Mentioned below is the complete price-list.
XE- Rs 5.85 lakh
XM- Rs 6.49 lakh
XT-Rs 7.29 lakh
XZ Plus- Rs 8.49 lakh
XZ Plus with dual tone roof- Rs 8.59 lakh
XE- Rs 6.85 lakh
XM- Rs 7.39 lakh
XT-Rs 8.14 lakh
XZ Plus-Rs 9.29 lakh
XZ Plus with dual tone roof-Rs 9.44 lakh