2023 Tata Nexon becomes the most powerful subcompact SUV in India – Gets an all-new 1.2L TGDi petrol engine

The current subcompact SUV segment champion Tata Nexon has now also become the most powerful vehicle in its segment. Recently the third largest automaker in the country at the ongoing Auto Expo 2023 showcased two new petrol powertrains along with 14 different vehicles at the show. Now it has been reported that one of the two petrol powertrains will be making its way under the bonnet of the brand’s highly popular segment-leading subcompact SUV Nexon.

2023 Tata Nexon becomes the most powerful subcompact SUV in India – Gets an all-new 1.2L TGDi petrol engine

It has been reported that the newly introduced 1.2L TGDi petrol powerplant will help the Nexon to become the country’s most powerful subcompact SUV. According to the information, this new motor will be an 1198 cc three-cylinder turbocharged unit that will be able to produce a maximum of 125 PS of power at 5000 rpm. What will be more spectacular about this engine will be its torque output. This new powerplant will churn out a whopping 225 Nm of torque at 1700-3500 rpm.

This new engine will also be Bharat Stage 6, Phase 2 compliant and can be run on both petrol as well as E20 fuel which is a twenty percent blend of Ethanol and eighty percent fossil-based fuel. The new 1.2L TGDi petrol powerplant in the 2023 Nexon will be available with both – a manual and an automatic transmission option.

Currently the outgoing Tata Nexon’s 1.2-litre turbo petrol motor generates a maximum of 120 PS and 170 Nm of torque. However with this upgraded engine it will be able to significantly push the numbers of torque. This new engine will also help the Nexon to beat its closest rival in terms of power the Mahindra XUV300.

2023 Tata Nexon becomes the most powerful subcompact SUV in India – Gets an all-new 1.2L TGDi petrol engine

Prior to this new engines introduction the XUV300 had the most torque of any vehicle in its segment. But now the Nexon will take that throne. The outgoing XUV300 comes powered with a 1.2 Turbo Petrol powertrain that puts out 110 PS of power at 5000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm.

For those who are unsure how much better the new Nexon engine can perform given that it only receives a 5 PS boost in power. As previously noted, the additional 55 Nm of torque will significantly improve driving dynamics. According to reports, the new engine will have a robust, lightweight aluminium construction. The adoption of high-pressure gasoline direct injection technology and an upgraded combustion system has enhanced performance and fuel efficiency.

Other improvements to the engine include the dual cam phasing, water-cooled variable geometry turbocharger, integrated exhaust manifold in cylinder head, variable oil pump, maintenance-free valve train and timing chain, and improved exhaust system.

As of yet the company has not introduced any new diesel powerplants and it has been reported that it will continue to offer the same 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine in Nexon however it will be updated to comply with BS6, Phase 2 pollution standards. It is doubtful that there will be any significant performance differences. The currently outgoing 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine produces 110 PS and 260 Nm.  Both a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission are available with this engine and both the petrol and diesel Nexon models come with Eco, City, and Sport drive modes.

Utkarsh Deshmukh

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