Tata Nexon, which will be Tata’s contender in the crowded and profitable compact SUV segment, was first showcased in concept form at Auto Expo 2014. In this year’s edition of the biennial auto show Tata has displayed the production-ready version.
The Tata Nexon is another product that is designed with the company’s IMPACT design language. The exterior instantly grabs eyeballs with its bright blue paint and 200 mm ground clearance, while its compact dimensions and dynamic lines lend it an aura of sportiness. The front of the Nexon is defined by the ‘Chrome Humanity Line’ on the upper grille, which is sandwiched between the sweptback headlights housing projector lamps and LED DRLs. The lateral view comprises of a rising belt- and shoulder-line, flared wheel arches and 16-inch alloy wheels. The rear offers LED tail lamps with chrome accents, shark-fin antenna and tailgate-mounted spoiler.
Tata says that the interior of the Nexon will have “class-leading interior occupancy”, “superior ride comfort and NVH levels” along with “ergonomically designed control systems”. The highlight of the cabin will undoubtedly be the 6.5-inch ConnectNext touchscreen infotainment system designed by Harman. For audiophiles, the Nexon will come equipped with an 8-speaker Harman audio system. Additional features on offer will be voice control and command recognition.
The automaker has mentioned that a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel unit will provide motive power to the crossover. As of now, specifications of the diesel powerhouse have been revealed, which are 110 PS of max power and 260 Nm of peak torque. However, both powertrains will be coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox spanning three drive modes.
The car is likely to launch in late 2016 and will fight for market share with Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300 and the upcoming Maruti Vitara Brezza.