Tata Nexon is one of the best looking compact SUVs in the Indian market. This is because of the Land Rover inspired design language that Tata Motors is using. The compact SUVs are not meant for serious off-roading because they are monocoque chassis and more importantly they are front-wheel drive vehicles. Here, is a render made by bimbledesigns who has modified the Tata Nexon as a hardcore off-roader.
In the pictures, we can see that the Nexon has been modified to an extreme extent It is to a point that it can go for serious off-roading. It is important to note that this is just an imagination of the artist. Tata Motors has not announced anything regarding the release of Nexon’s off-road version.
Up-front we can see a metal bull bar and a skid plate to protect the front of the SUV. Between the bullbar, there is the air dam in which usually there are tri-arrow elements. However, the artist has installed tri-arrow lights and some rectangular lights. These are mounted there to enhance the visibility during driving night times.
The headlamp unit is the same as the regular Nexon but the LED Daytime Running Lamps are different and are sleeker. A light bar on the roof is also mounted to increase the throw of the lights. There is also an additional set of roof rails that can be used to mount a luggage rack. At the rear, the rear reflectors are not removed for additional lamps.
The exhausts are now rerouted to the side. This gives an aggressive look to the SUV and also helps in reducing the chance of exhaust damage while off-roading. There is also a snorkel placed on the right A-pillar. This ensures that water does not get into the air intake system as the air is now drawn from the snorkel which is much higher. Another benefit that is said of having a snorkel is that it feeds relatively cleaner air to the engine as the air is drawn from above the car. There is a slightly more chance that the vehicle would be drawing pollutants and dust when the air intake is positioned at its usual position.
The most obvious change that the artist has done is that he has lifted and changed the suspension setup. So, the Nexon is running on suspension from a trophy truck which gives it immense off-road capabilities. This has increased the ride height of the compact SUV significantly. Then there are some off-road deep dish steel rims that are better than alloy wheels for off-roading. The new rims are wrapped in wide off-road spec tyres.
The paint used by the artist is matte green with black for elements such as the front grille, Tata badge, fog lamp surrounds and the pillars. Overall the SUV does look quite good and it should be able to go for some serious off-roading. Because this is just a render, there is no mention of the cost of the modification.