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Tata Motors Nexon

Expected Launch
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2017
Expected Price
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Rs. 7.5 to 9 Lakh
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Tata Motors Nexon Upcoming Car

Tata Motors Nexon

Tata Nexon – the compact SUV that was exhibited at the Auto Expo 2016 was expected to be launched in the same year but the wait for it still continues. We now hear that the car may reach showrooms around mid of 2017. It has been caught testing on the roads several times. Having upped its design and style quotient, Tata Motors successfully made the Nexon a show stealer at the Auto Expo. Indeed, there were more queries about its launch date than the expected price. Where Maruti plays safe with its designing cues to avoid the risk of cutting off its already huge customer base, Tata has started bringing dramatically new styles in a bid to win a larger slice of the market. To please the new, younger buyers it is now getting a trendy compact SUV in the Nexon. It will compete against Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford Eco Sport and Mahindra TUV 300. Nexon is built on the heavily-modified X1 platform of Indica and after Tiago and Hexa, it’s the third Tata to embody the new Impact Design language. The makers have devised this vehicle to break from the convention of boxy silhouette that a compact SUV usually has. This is also a risky proposition as buyers usually associate SUVs with upright stance and spacious cabin. What Tata Motors is bringing is a concept of ‘SUV coupe’.   Its principal identity is the slope of the roof that sharply tapers towards the rear. The eccentric features that underscored the concept car shown at previous Auto Expo (2014) were retained to a large extent in production. For this it was important to maintain the muscular lines, particularly around the wheel arches and it involved stretching the sheet metal in the stamping process over and above what the engineers had ever done earlier.  If you check most other facets of Nexon’s design – they all do have something special and together make this compact SUV look gorgeous. Let’s start with the front that portrays a stretched grille highlighted by ceramic finish. And the ceramic finish has also been fog lamp surrounds, window line and on the tailgate to break down the bulk. The detailing for projector headlights looks nice and indicators have been put at an unusual place – on the top of horizontal strip that segregates the housing. When viewed in profile, apart from the coupe like roof slope, an interesting feature is the overlay of the C-pillar where it meets the body. On the whole however, it is the interaction between 4 different colour shades of swooping roofline and rising beltline that make for sweet detailing. To keep up with the need of big wheels for an SUV, Tata Motors is giving 16 inch alloys to Nexon with 215/60 R 16 that will be neatly packaged into big wheel housings. At the rear you will find small rear windscreen and there is a slim black strip that also makes its overall look pinched look. But then there is also that ceramic strip that spans the diamond-shaped tail lights and lends the Nexon a distinct identity. The high stance of the car should make ingress and egress easy. But we saw in the car at Auto Expo was tad different story. Even though it does not demand you to crouch low to get onto the high set seats, you will need to bend down to prevent your head from striking against the sloping low roofline. Inside the car the headroom and legroom seem adequate. In the rear part of the cabin, Nexon – like other Tata cars - feels more spacious than Ford Eco Sport and Vitara Brezza. That said, Tata Motors has made Nexon a 4-seater with sculpted cushions which makes things rather inconvenient for a middle passenger. The reasoning given for this design attribute is that the Nexon is aimed more at individuals than families. The rear seats can be flipped down to create extra storage space but this is comparable to the storage capacity of competitors.  A special feature is its drive mode controller which is not in form of a button but a nice chunky knob that lets you choose between three drive modes – Eco, City and Sport. When you switch to a different drive, there will be changes not only in the performance and fuel economy, but also for ABS and traction control settings. On the instrument console there is a standard multi-info display between the two dials. Other small buttons and knobs on the dashboard are similar to the ones in other Tata cars.  Nexon’s mechanicals are similar to those of Zest and Bolt. Its suspension comprises dual-path independent McPherson strut with coil spring and anti-roll bar for front and twist beam with coil spring at the rear. The suspension has been retuned for bigger and heavier wheels as also the raised ground clearance of 200 mm. Zest and Bolt have shown good ride qualities and we expect the same from this car. Engines and Transmissions  Tata Motors has not made official announcements about the engine but it quite clear by now that Nexon will have more powerful variants of motors used in the Tiago.  Instead of the tested 1.3 litre Fiat sourced Multijet diesel engine that generates 89 bhp, Nexon will get an upgraded to 1.5 litre diesel unit that will churn out around 110 bhp. It is largely a 4 cylinder version of the Revotorq 1.05 litre diesel engine that is used in Tiago. The petrol engine for Nexon will also be turbo-charged variant of Tiago’s 3-cylinder 1.2-litre all-aluminium unit that has power of 110 bhp. Both the petrol and diesel models are expected to have AMT options. While the diesel may get an all-new 6-speed manual transmission, the petrol will probably have the standard 5-speed manual gearbox. Most importantly, when is the Tata Nexon coming out for buyers? We still do not have a definite date but there is a buzz that it may come by April 2017. If there are further delays then the launch will be pushed forward to festive season. The pricing strategy has to be aggressive if Tata Motors wants to pull attention of prospects from Maruti’s popular Vitara Brezza. Even if the pricing does not help, the eccentric styling will certainly aid Nexon in getting its share of compact SUV buyers. 

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