The facelifted Tata Nexon has once again been spied on the roads of India, and if reports are to be believed, this is more than a nip-and-tuck job. A conversation with the engineer testing the prototype of the updated Nexon reveals that the new version will come with a dual-clutch automatic transmission-equipped version. The new 6-speed DCT is the same unit which is currently offered in the Altroz automatic and will replace the slower 6-speed AMT from the current model.
In addition to the new automatic transmission, the Tata Nexon will also come with a host of exterior and interior tweaks to make it feel heavily updated over the current version as per T-BHP. It is said that the new version of the Nexon will derive some of the exterior design elements from the Curvv concept. These elements include a daytime running LED strip across the width of the car, new triangular housings for the split LED headlamps and a revised trapezoidal grille.
Even the at the rear, the tail lamps are expected to be sleeker and refreshed with new LED inserts and are expected to be connected with a horizontal LED light bar. However, going by the silhouette, the new Tata Nexon will continue to have a coupe-inspired styling with high ground clearance. From the images of the test mule, it looks like the updated Nexon will get a new design for the 16-inch alloys.
Changes in the cabin
On the inside, expect the new Nexon to have a thoroughly revised cabin with new features like a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system recently seen on updated Harrier and Safari. Other possible inclusions in the cabin include a new TFT instrument console and ADAS features in top-spec variants.
Another possible significant update which will make its way in the updated Tata Nexon is a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which was previewed at the Auto Expo 2023. The new engine claims a maximum power output of 125 bhp and 225 Nm, which is 5 bhp and 55 Nm more than the current engine’s claimed performance numbers. In addition to the proposed 6-speed DCT, this new petrol engine will also be offered with a 6-speed manual from the current version of the SUV.
While most compact cars and SUVs have shied away from diesel powertrain choices, the new version of the Tata Nexon will continue to offer the 1.5-litre 110 bhp diesel engine as the second choice of powertrain. However, unlike the petrol engine, which will get a new 6-speed DCT, the diesel engine is expected to continue with the 6-speed manual and AMT gearbox options.