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Tata Nexon Facelift caught testing for the first time ahead of 2020 launch

By now it is in public knowledge that Tata has begun testing the facelifted version of the Nexon. The upgraded sub-4 meter SUV will probably be showcased during the Delhi Auto Expo early next year while a launch event is likely to happen in subsequent months. A few days back, the first batch of clear spy shots of the Tata Nexon came out that showed a redesigned front end. Now, the latest batch of spy shots, courtesy Team-Bhp, show a bit more of the Nexon facelift as can be seen in the images below.

Being a facelift and not a generation update, the overall design language of the sub-4 meter SUV is similar to the current model. However, the front end seems to be heavily revised while the rear end design could also get a bit of a retouch.

Unlike the large and curvy headlights on the current model, the facelifted model will feature sleeker and more stylish headlamps with built-in LED DRLs. A little bit of design inspiration from its bigger brother, the Harrier, would be a welcome addition. The side profile seems to be the same as the current generation model though and same is the case with the alloy wheel design.

Tata Nexon

Deemed as India’s safest car with a perfect 5-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests, the Nexon is also likely to get even safer with the addition of a couple of extra airbags. The interiors could also be given a slight tweak but a big update on the inside is highly unlikely to happen. Apart from this, the Nexon facelift will be Bharat Stage VI emission norms compliant and will be offered with both petrol and diesel engine options.

Speaking of which, the Nexon facelift is likely to use the same set of engines as on the current model. However, the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine will be updated to meet the BS6 version of the engines. The price of the facelifted Nexon will also increase a bit but as with most Tata cars, they will remain in a competitive range. The 6-speed manual and AMT options will also be carried over on both the engines.

Tata is also working on the electric version of the Nexon that is planned to be launched next year. The Tata Nexon Electric will be the first electric SUV by the manufacturer and will chiefly take on the Mahindra XUV300 electric when launched. The electric Nexon will get a CVT automatic gearbox as standard and is likely to have a range of over 200 Kms. A JTP variant of the Nexon is also in the pipelines, though it is not yet known whether it will be petrol powered or diesel-powered.