There's no denying that roads in our country are bad and congested. Hence, the concept of compact SUVs took India by a storm. 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. The new model from Tata Motors would be offered with the 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine that has been seen on the Tiago, as well as the Tigor. This unit would also be accompanied by a new 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel engine and both engines would be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Initially, there would be no automatic transmission option available on either of the engines.
The 1.2- litre Revotron petrol engine will generate 108 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 260 Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm to 4,000 rpm. The petrol unit has been tuned to produce more power and torque than the Tiago, in which the 1.2-litre unit produces 84 hp of power and 114 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel engine that has been developed in-house produces 108 hp of power and 260 Nm of torque. 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 the key factors that make the Nexon stand out:
When a car is showcased as a concept, there are several changes expected to be brought about when it does become a reality. The Nexon's production version is, however, quite similar to the concept that was showcased first – a fresh design that is young and peppy.
Based on the Indian carmaker's Impact design language, the Nexon would feature projector headlamps with Daytime Running Lamps, alloy wheels, U-shaped tail lamps, roof rails, rear spoiler and a chrome finished front grille. These options, however, would be restricted to the higher variants in the interest of keeping an aggressive price tag.
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.
Both engines will also have different driving modes - Eco, City and Sport - a first-in-segment feature. 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.
The tambour sliding door above the central storage unit and an armrest with storage give 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 gets a Jaguar F-Pace style wristband key, which can be used in place of the key to start and lock the car. Tata has not yet said whether it will come as standard or will be available as an optional accessory.
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Popup infotainment system
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, Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink, which is another segment first for Tata's sub-4 metre SUV. There's an automatic climate control and eight Harman speakers designed and placed by specialists to maximise acoustic appeal.