Tata Motors will be introducing their first compact SUV, the Nexon later in the year. The vehicle, a highly anticipated one has been spied a lot of times before and was showcased at the recently concluded Geneva Motorshow. This however, is the first time the production ready vehicle has been snapped in India, at their production line.
What is it?
The Nexon is a compact SUV, which means it will be smaller than 4-meters. It is underpinned by Tata’s X1 platform, one that underpins the Bolt and the Zest currently. This one has been styled aggressively, something that shows in its proportions. It has flared fenders, 17″ alloys, projector headlamps with LED DRLs and LED tail lamps on the outside.
On the inside, we have a new touch screen system that is a stand alone unit, unlike the fixed one we see on the other Tata products. It will also come with driving modes.
The Nexon will be powered by an all-new 1.5 liter diesel engine which will be the most powerful in its class. It produces 108 Bhp and 260 Nm, as per the specifications previously provided by the company. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. There will also be a petrol engine on offer. This will be the 1.2 liter 3-cylinder unit from the Tiago, however it will most likely be turbocharged. The petrol will be offered with a manual initially and will later get an AMT as well.
It will compete against the Vitara Brezza and the Ford Ecosport mainly.
The Nexon was showcased in production ready guise at the Geneva Motorshow and the vehicle will be launched in the Indian market by the festive season. This will be the first compact SUV from Tata Motors and given the success of the Tiago, this one shall surely cause a stir in the market.