2014 Indian Auto Expo: Tata Motors unveils the Nexon compact SUV concept

Snapshot: Indian car and utility vehicle giant Tata Motors has finally made a substantial move in the compact SUV space by unveiling the Nexon compact SUV concept at the 2014 Auto Expo. The Nexon concept is a crossover that is designed with an urban car buying audience in mind.

The radical looking concept, which looks quite unlike what Tata Motors has been building/designing so far, is based on the X1 platform. The design treatment applies to both the exterior and the interior of the car. The X1 platform underpins the likes of the Tata Indica, the Indigo, the Vista, the newly unveiled Bolt and Zest, and finally the Manza range of cars.

By using a suitably modified version of the X1 platform to underpin the Nexon, Tata Motors seems to be aiming at the volumes of scale. Word on production targets and time frames for the Nexon aren’t available for now. The same goes with the engine and transmission options as well.

However, the Nexon crossover is likely to use the new range of REVOTRON turbo petrol engines that Tata Motors is developing. The diesel engine of the crossover could either be the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet unit or a new motor that Tata Motors is said to be developing.

Tata Motors also has the F-TRONIC automated manual (semi-automatic) transmission primed for use in its future range of cars. The crossover could also get the advanced infotainment options that Tata Motors showcased on its recently unveiled products such as the Bolt hatchback and the Zest compact sedan.