The Tata Nexon subcompact SUV is offered in four variants - XE, XM, XT and XZ+ with five colour on offer. Tata Motors has also introduced a new 1.5-litre diesel engine and dual airbags and ABS come as standard.
Tata Motors' first ever subcompact SUV, the Tata Nexon has been launched in the country with prices starting at ₹ 5.85 lakh going up to ₹ 8.60 lakh for the petrol version. Prices for the Nexon diesel begin from ₹ 6.85 lakh and go up to ₹ 9.45 lakh (all-prices, ex-showroom Delhi) for the range-topping version. The new sub-4 metre SUV is available in four trims - XE, XM, XT, and XZ+ and in five colours - Moroccan Blue, Vermont Red, Seattle Silver, Glasgow Grey and Calgary White. The Nexon will be manufactured at the Ranjangaon plant, the same plant where the Jeep Compass is made, and will be available on sale across all Tata Motors showrooms in India.
The Tata Nexon is built on the same Impact design philosophy as Tata's recent line-up of cars and thus comes with a very intricate styling and exterior features. Projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights and LED taillamps are on offer along with a unique dash top HD infotainment display and a multi-driving mode system.
The Nexon gets a 6.5-inch HD screen with a brand new user interface. The infotainment unit also gets android auto and apple car play, something that is expected of a car in this price range. You also get the 8 speakers Harman audio setup. The dashboard is two-tone with a black upper half and beige lower half with a large central plastic slab in the middle. This slab is painted in an almost liquid metal shade that also carries on to the steering wheel and the door panels tying up the design well. The central console that surrounds the audio and the climate control knobs are all finished in gloss black.
The Nexon comes with height adjustment for both the steering wheel and the driver's seat. Sadly though, there is no leather interior option, even on the top of the line variant. You get a pair of individually adjustable rear AC vents and a flip down central console too along with a get a high mounted 12-volt charging port to add to the convenience in the rear seat.
Under the hood, Tata Nexon features a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged Revotron petrol motor, and a newly-developed 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, joining the Revotorq family. The petrol unit is, in fact, a turbocharged version of the one found on the Tiago and Tigor, and is tuned to belt out 108 bhp at 5000 rpm and 170 Nm of peak torque between 2000-4000 rpm. Whereas, the new 1.5-litre diesel motor makes 108 bhp at 3750 rpm and 260 Nm of torque between 1500-2750 rpm. Initially, the car will come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard.
The Tata Nexon will go up against the likes of segment leaders Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport, along with other players like Mahindra TUV300 and even the Honda WR-V.