Tata Nexon AMT launched in India; A LOT cheaper than Ford Ecosport & Mahindra TUV300

Tata Motors has finally launched the highly anticipated automated manual transmission (AMT) versions of the Nexon compact SUV. The Tata Nexon AMT prices are –  Rs 9.41 lakh (petrol) and Rs 10.30 lakh (diesel). The Nexon AMT has been launched in a single top-spec XZA+ trim. The Nexon AMT, in petrol and diesel, undercuts both the Ford EcoSport Petrol AT and the Mahindra TUV300 AMT.  Bookings have been underway for Rs 11,000.

Tata Nexon AMT launched in India; A LOT cheaper than Ford Ecosport & Mahindra TUV300

Tata Nexon AMT Specs

The Tata Nexon AMT looks almost exactly like the manual transmission-equipped top-end versions. Other than the XZA+ badge and the new dual-tone orange-silver paint option, there’s really nothing else to differentiate the two from outside. On the inside, you get a new gear shifter. The AMT on offer is a six-speed unit and is available with the same engines that power the MT variants.

This means that the petrol version is powered by a 1.2-litre, turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 110 Bhp and 170 Nm. The 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine offers 110 bhp and 260 Nm. The Nexon offers three driving modes – Eco, City, and Sport. The new automated manual transmission (AMT) comes with features like hill-assist and creep function.

Tata Nexon AMT Features

Like we said, the new Nexon AMT is available only in the top-end trim. Being a top-of-the-line trim, it offers many features like- projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, wide 215/60-spec tires, and a Harman-sourced 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto. There’s also a wearable smart key, which is something that’s not available on any other car in this price bracket.

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Tata Nexon AMT vs Ford EcoSport vs Mahindra TUV300 Price Comparison

The petrol version of the Nexon AMT faces competition from the Ford EcoSport Titanium+ AT. Compared to the top-end automatic EcoSport petrol, which costs Rs 11.37 lakh, the Nexon petrol AMT costs just Rs 9.41 lakh. Hence, you get to save almost Rs 2 lakh on buying the Nexon AMT over the fully-loaded EcoSport AT. Even the Trend+ AT variant of the EcoSport, which misses out on some features, cost Rs 9.78 lakh, which is almost Rs 40,000 more than what you pay for a fully-loaded Nexon AMT.

The diesel Nexon AMT doesn’t face any competition from the EcoSport or the Vitara Brezza. Neither the EcoSport nor the Maruti Vitara Brezza has an automatic transmission for the diesel engine they come with. Hence, the Nexon has a clear advantage over its immediate competition in this aspect. The only sub-4-metre diesel SUV that offers an automatic transmission is the rather utilitarian Mahindra TUV300 AMT. In comparison, the Nexon is a lot more sophisticated and upmarket. In spite of this, however, it is much cheaper. The Nexon diesel AMT costs Rs 10.30 lakh, which is Rs 34,000 lower than the cost of the Mahindra TUV300 T10 AMT Dual Tone variant that costs Rs 10.64 lakh.