The TATA Nexon had been among highly anticipated cars of this year. The Market is poised with challenges for it to face, but soon enough we shall see if TATA’s experiment with this model pays -off.
Starting of with its front which is humongous and magnificent, seats a large air damp. It comes with projector headlamps and day time running LEDs. Between the two headlights sits the aggressively styled sporting chrome finished radiator grille. But the thing which catches most of our attention is the ceramic edge covering around the fog lamps. This definitely makes it stand out of the crowd. Side profile is marked by the pronounced wheel arches and sharp white ceramic beltline which adds stand out factor to the car. Ceramic line at the end is situated between clear lens tail lamp which goes with the aesthetics of the car and has got nice detailing to them. The car then comes with the best in class ground clearance of 209mm which is way ahead of its competitors and may even put some full sized SUVs to shame. And it comes mated with 16” alloy wheels which are again blacked out. The reason behind them being black and resembling with the roof and the bumpers are the dual tonne colour scheme which is on board from TATA for the very first time.
Moving on with a refreshing exterior design scheme towards the interior of the car which again seems to be worked upon with all the points well taken care of and with phenomenal detailing. Space inside the car should not be listed in the negative books for it being a TATA which has been known for its uber leg space at the back and really spacious interiors which tends to make our journey more relaxing. Seats are supposed to come with leather upholstery. Body colour accents are seen on the inside too, at places like the door handle grabrail and on the dashboard.
Moving on to some commendable new moves by tata which is happening for the very first time in the segment. It comes with a floating dashtop HD touchscreen which gives it a very upmarket feel and is certainly inspired from high end luxury brands like Mercedes and Audi. The infotainment system is a 6.5 inch HD touch screen, which comes with Android Auto and Apple car play bagging all the entertainment ever possible. From navigation to attending calls and even message and WhatsApp text read features are taken care off. To take you by shock even more TATA has put an advanced Harman infotainment system enabled with a drive mode based HMI theme with 8-speaker system. Again inspired by high end cars TATA has installed a grand central console with sliding magnetic tambour door mechanism. Central console can entertain two cups at a time along with separate chambers each for coins and toll tickets.
Let’s move on to some business going on under the hood and put some attention to numbers this car has to offer.
TATA cars have been using Fiat engine till now for its budget cars. But with the Nexon they have pulled up two new engines which are expected to be used in future TATA cars too. 1.2L Turbocharged Petrol from the Revotron series and the 1.5L Diesel engine from the Revotorq series, mated to a 6-speed transmission for an easy & smooth drive. Both manual and automatic transmission will be available on board.
1.2L petrol engine churns 110ps of power at about 5000rpm and torque of about 170nm between 2000-4000rpm band.
On the other hand 1.5L diesel engine churns 110ps power again at 3750rpm and a whooping torque of about 260nm between 1500-2750rpm.
On safety end TATA has acted very sensible by providing features like Cornering Stability Control, Anti Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution(EBD) and dual airbags as standard.
Driving Modes & Efficiency
For the very first time a car of this price range is getting driving modes.
Though suspension setting and power delivery won’t be tampered but certainly one will be able to differentiate among the ride modes on board.
Inspired by Range Rover’s console installed all terrain knob,TATA has installed a knob like system to switch driving modes.
Namely, ECO, City and Sport modes will be on offer.
ECO mode is supposed to work an extra bit on the efficiency end and give a mileage of above 20kmpl. City mode would keep the power delivery linient and will make city rides a comfortable one. Well Sport mode, specially on the diesel engine would be worth a try atleast once. 260nm torque and such safety aids would urge you to push to the limit and check the actual capability of the car. Ripping through the streets and highways like a sport enthusiast will be a whole new experience.
- TATA seems to be inspired by high end cars alot probably that is why we get to see some of luxury features in this compact SUV.
- Inspired by Rolls Royce TATA nexon would be the first car to have umbrellas in both the doors!
- Traits of Jaguar is also pretty visible in this car. Quiet similar to F-Pace wrist band system of keyless entry and go is available too.
- TATA Nexon comes with keyless start and stop button satisfying the modern world’s need along with steering mounted audio controls and reverse camera.
- Exorbitant 320lt. Boot space will be more than enough to take care of a long road trip which can be increased to 690lt boot space by folding down a 60-40 split back seat
- Back seat also offers an armrest along with cup holders.
- Rear AC vents with climate control is also provided to keep passengers well cocooned in lap of luxury.
Expected price range is about 6 lakhs – 10lakhs.
For such a price bracket TATA has really worked an extra mile by providing such amazing features and aspires to give a tough fight to its competitors which namely are Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, MAhindra TUV300, Mahindra Nuvosport and Ford Ecosport.Nexon seems to be packing more features than all of its competitors at a very affordable price range which starts almost a lakh cheaper than any of its competition. Car seems to be high on practicality which again comes with a TATA badge therefore assuring the endurance and durability factor.
Expected launch is around August-September 2017 or even better it can be a bumper Diwali 2017 for us.
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