The Tata Nexon crossover, first showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, will hit the production floor in the next 24 months. So, a launch in 2016 seems likely for the Tata B-Segment crossover. According to Mr. Pratap Bose, the Design Chief at Tata Motors, the production version of the Nexon will be styled similar to the concept version. The coupe-like roof line will be retained while good street presence another ambition of the crossover. The Nexon will be Tata Motors’ first sub-4 meter SUV, and competitors are expected to include products such as the Mahindra S101 and the Ford Ecosport.
The Nexon is based on a modified version of the age-old X1 platform that made its debut with the Indica line of cars. The X1 platform has received major changes to accommodate new generation cars such as the Bolt hatchback and the Zest sedan. The same, modified X1 platform will host the Nexon crossover as well. At the 2014 Auto Expo, the Nexon concept featured a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol engine. A similar turbocharged petrol engine and a turbo diesel motor are expected to be offered on the Nexon that goes into production in 2016.
Since the production of the Tata Nexon crossover will measure under 4 meters in length, the petrol engine of the car will measure under 1.2 liters while the diesel engine will have a capacity under 1.5 liters. The petrol and diesel engine capacities have to do with the excise duty regulations for sub-4 meter cars in India. The Nexon will be a five seater but the concept version’s futuristic interiors are likely to be dumped for a more sober, cost effective layout. With the Nexon lined up for a 2016 debut, Tata Motors is definitely late to the compact SUV party. The Nexon will require a few class leading features and high quality levels to help it stand out from well established rivals.