Since first showcased in Auto Expo 2014, Tata Nexon has been a much-aspired machine for car-enthusiasts across the nation. Back in 2014, the design language of Tata Nexon suggested a new and confident track for Tata Motors. With a launch scheduled on September 21, has it been worth the wait?
The Nexon is an instant eye-capturer on the road, as well as an indulgence when it comes to the driving experience. So what has the Nexon got to offer?
Splendid! Speaking about the exterior part, Tata Nexon scores a smashing 10/10. Everything involving the wide and strong stance and the uber cool design, devised at the in-house facility of Tata Motors in Pune gives the Nexon an upper edge in the looks section. Moreover, the coupe-like roofline, ceramic sash for the foglamps, black honeycomb grille and tear drop projector headlamps, makes the Nexon stand out in the congested compact SUV segment.
On opening the door of the Tata Nexon, one will be greeted by a recognizable arrangement that we have seen in recent Tata cars. A well-laid cabin with a three-tone inside, dictated by a floating dashtop touchscreen infotainment display. A drive control rotary knob, which enables the driver to switch between modes like eco, city and sport, and comfortable upholstery, adds to the driving pleasure. Grateful to the twin AC vents and a two-blower speed control, the rear passengers will feel comfortable. The boot space is fixed at 350 litres.
Engine and Performance
Beneath those astonishing looks, what rest is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged revotron petrol engine, and a freshly built 1.5-litre four-cylinder revotorq engine. The petrol version is pitched to produce 108 bhp at 5000 rpm and 170 nm of peak torque. Whereas the diesel engine is capable of making 108 bhp at 3750 rpm and 260 nm of torque. These specs in the compact SUV segment are lower than that of only the Ecosport.
With intelligent pricing strategy, Tata Nexon petrol starts at a shy price of Rs.6.5 lakhs, with the top-spec diesel variant priced at Rs. 10 lakhs. With rivals like Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport and Mahindra TUV 300, will the Tata Nexon the next big thing in this division? Only time will tell.