Tata Nexon is one of the best compact-SUV that you can currently buy in the Indian market. Despite being a compact SUV, the Nexon has shown good potential in terms of off-roading. Well, here is another video of Nexon that shows the compact SUV goes dune bashing in the desert.
The video has been uploaded by Lokesh Swami on his YouTube channel. In the video, the Nexon is not the only vehicle. We can see a previous generation of Thar, Toyota Fortuner, Maruti Suzuki Gypsy and a Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI. All the SUVs are going through the sandy dunes and the Mercedes-Benz even got stuck at one point. Due to this, the Thar had to come to the rescue.
The video starts with a Toyota Fortuner climbing a dune and then coming down. Then it is the turn of the Nexon. The driver of the Nexon seems experienced because he first reverses the Nexon for quite some distance. This allows the vehicle to generate enough momentum to climb the sand dune. If the vehicle climbs slowly then there are very high chances for it gets stuck.
The driver of the Nexon first builds up revs and then dumps the clutch. This reduces the acceleration times and he keeps the Nexon in a lower gear so that enough power is available throughout the rev range. We can see that the Nexon starts spinning its wheels on the loose sands but it keeps on climbing forward. The driver also goes down a steep incline. The driver modulates the brakes when coming down so that the Nexon does not face any trouble.
The Nexon that we see in the video is the pre-facelift model. Tata launched the facelift of the Nexon last year and since then it became a very popular choice among buyers. The new Nexon looks much better than the previous one. Many people think that the new Nexon mimics the look of a Land Rover Discovery. This update was important as Nexon competes in one of the most competitive segments of the Indian market. It goes against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Ford Ecosport, Mahindra XUV 300, Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite and the upcoming Citroen CC21.
The Nexon is offered with two engine options. There is a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 120 PS of max power and 170 Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine produces 110 PS of max power and 260 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed AMT. According to the rumours, Tata is also working on a dual-clutch automatic gearbox for the Nexon.
Being a Tata vehicle, Nexon comes with a lot of safety equipment as standard. It comes with ISOFIX child seat mounts, dual airbags, electronic stability program rear parking sensors, projector headlamps, hill hold control, brake assist, brake disc wiping, electronic brake pre-fill, EBD, Traction control and Roll Over Mitigation. The Nexon starts at Rs. 7.19 lakhs ex-showroom.