Tata Motors seems to be very bullish about its latest launch, the Nexon sub-4 meter compact SUV. Mr. Mayank Pareek, the President of Tata Motors’ passenger vehicles division has just said that the Nexon is far superior to other offerings in the segment, including the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport.
Here’s what Mr. Pareek said,
What we are confident about is that we have a product that is far superior to any existing product – in terms of design, in terms of technology. For example, we are launching our two new engines – diesel with 110PS and 260Nm of torque. Also, most companies only have a diesel engine; we are offering a petrol too. Everything that’s possible is there in the Nexon (like the multi-drive and Harman infotainment system).
Bookings for the Nexon are already open, and the compact SUV has just been launched. Prices start from 5.85 lakhs for the petrol, and 6.85 lakhs for the diesel, undercutting both the Maruti Brezza and Ford EcoSport. However, it remains to be seen if the Nexon’s sharp pricing and class leading feature-set convinces enough buyers to look beyond Maruti and Ford – well entrenched sub-4 meter compact SUV players in India.
The Nexon is available with two engine options – the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder turbo petrol unit with 108 Bhp-170 Nm. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard with this engine. The diesel motor is a 1.5 liter unit making 108 Bhp-260 Nm. These are class-leading power and torque outputs. The diesel engine gets a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. The monocoque bodied Nexon, is front wheel driven.
The Nexon gets a slew of interesting features such as multi-driving modes, an 8 speaker Harman infotainment system, triple tone paint finish for the body and a center console with Tambur door sliding mechanism. Over the past few weeks, test mules of the Nexon AMT have been spotted, indicating that automatic options of the SUV are in the pipeline. However, don’t expect an all wheel drive version.