Tata Motors Nexon

Tata Nexon

Tata Motors is serious about the production of its compact SUV Nexon that we saw at the Auto Expo but the actual models will certainly come with more practical features.  


Tata Motors Nexon

Expected Launch
End 2016
Expected Price
Rs. 7.5 to 9 Lakh
Tata Motors Nexon Upcoming Car
Tata’s new compact SUV concept was revealed at the Auto Expo this year. This term SUV is rather loose for this car because the Nexon is more of a hopped-up hatch than a high, burly sports utility vehicle. It measures less than 4 metres in length and will go into production within next two years. 
Conceptualised by Tata’s designers in Italy, UK and India, the Nexon will be built on the company’s X1 platform that also underpins the Vista. And the high-set headlamps with LEDs as also the smiling front grille on the concept will be carried onto the production model. On its sides, the Nexon has a muscular look with bolstered wheel arches and 18-inch wheels. But the features such as the rear suicide doors and B pillar-less construction are only for the concept car. Likewise the sci-fic cabin of the concept, in its current form would not make it to the actual version. 
The interiors of the model displayed at Auto Expo and later at the Geneva Motor Show included a ‘floating’ instrument console inside a wrap-around tub, a full width display screen and a smart media controller fitted between the front seats. These front seats are mounted on a structural bridge that connects with sills and helps in maintaining torsional rigidity as there are no B pillars. It also creates a flat cabin floor for more spaciousness. The cabin temperature is regulated by a process that involves conditioned air exiting through full width slots between the instrument panel upper and lower – this improves ergonomics and space as compared to conventional air outlets. 
With regards to mechanicals, the concept at Auto Expo had a 1.2 litre, three cylinder turbo petrol engine that churns 110 PS of power and has 170 Nm of peak torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels and there is an electric motor for the rear axle so the car gets a 4WD layout. Tata claims that the Nexon has a frugal fuel consumption of 17.6 km/litre. 
How much of this sub four metre compact SUV will we have in the actual model is to be seen but the fact that Tata Motors hopes to bring it to markets by 2015 makes things interesting. Several design cues from Nexon will also feature on other Tata cars. 

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