Indian Compact SUV segment has been seeing a lot of competition among the car makers owing to the increasing demand. Maruti has Vitara Brezza, and then there is Ford EcoSport that has been very popular among the young Indians. Latest to join the bandwagon is Tata, which is also going to make its entry in this segment with its latest offering, the Nexon.
The Tata Nexon is a compact crossover built on the new IMPACT design language developed by Tata. Once launched, it will be in direct competition with the Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the newly launched Honda BR-V.
Being branded as “Next-On”, the Nexon brings all the features of the Tigor and Tiago, along with many first-in-segment features that are specially introduced with the young Indian audience in mind. Here are top 5 features that make the Tata Nexon a stand out among the competition:
Engine and transmission
Tata is moving ahead of Fiat-sourced engines and is launching its home grown 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. Both the engines will be mated with 6-speed manual transmission, along with a promise of automatic transmission options to be available in future. The 1.5-litre engine is an upgrade from the engines that are being used in Tiago. The petrol version will produce a peak torque of 170 Nm, while the diesel engine will be producing 260 Nm. The engines have been manufactured at Ranjangaon facility of Fiat and Sanand plant of Tata.
Multi Drive Modes
Tata Nexon comes with three drive modes – Eco, City and Sport – that help to ease up the driving to get the best of all conditions. Tata is first to launch different driving modes in the compact SUV segment, which makes the vehicle more appealing.
Driving modes are available in both petrol and diesel engine variants. According to the company, the driving modes have been tested in different Indian terrains extensively with an aim to provide superior driving experience.
An all new feature-loaded interior
Tata has given an entirely new look to the interior of this car with first-in-segment floating desktop HD touch screen, something that we have been seeing in high-end cars only. The dashboard equips all the features we have seen on the Tigor and Tiago. Other features to make your driving experience better are climate control, rear ac vents, ample storage space etc.
Tata motors is sourcing Harman Kardon speakers from quite some now, and the Tata Nexon is the latest car to get it loaded with 8-speaker system entertainment unit built on HMI theme. It is also a step ahead with USB-enabled auto connect with Google Android, and will soon be getting CarPlay for Apple devices. The infotainment system enables the user to read messages and provides navigational voice assistance. It can also take actions based on voice commands. The entertainment unit is a good introduction and gives a high-end car feeling. These features are surely starting to make their way into the compact segment.
Grand Central Console
Tata has been calling its front console, the Grand Central Console, which provides a storage space between two front seats. Tata has used this unique sliding tambour door mechanism which allows for some storage space inside the car without compromising with the designing of interiors.
Nexon has borrowed all good elements from the Tiago, Nexa and Tigor. With the announcement of Tata removing Safari from market, Nexon has big shoes to fill for this carmaker. Tata is making a strong impression with the launch of Nexon and is going to keep the price competitive. Reports have suggested that the price can be anything around Rs. 6.5 lakh for the base model to Rs. 10.5 lakh for the upper model. Tata has showcased the car at many events. If reports are to be believed, pre-bookings have already begun unofficially. The car is supposed to hit the roads by the end of 2017, probably Diwali, which is time in India when people tend to make more purchases than any other month.