The Tata Nexon has received two new safety features in order to comply with the upcoming Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) norms. The two key safety features added are a seat belt reminder warning system for the passenger seat, and a speed warning.
While the seat belt reminder is a visible warning on the instrument cluster, the speed warning has both visual and audible alerts. Notably, the audible alerts can’t be turned off, and an ECU remap will be needed to eliminate this warning. The video below will give you an idea on how this warning system works.
As the video indicates, the seatbelt reminder is pretty straightforward. As for the speed limit warning system, there will be a visual alert on the instrument cluster followed by a single beep every minute once the speed of the Tata Nexon exceeds 80 Kph. Once 120 Kph is exceeded, the visual warning on the instrument cluster will be accompanied by an audible alert that will beep every 2 seconds.
The idea of the near-continuous beeping is to discourage the driver from driving at a speed of 120 Kph or more, which is nearly 50 % above the regular speed limit on almost all roads in India. These safety features will be standard on every car sold in India from the end of this year.
Apart from these newly added features, the other safety features that the Tata Nexon offers as standard are twin airbags, ABS+EBD and reverse parking sensors. The higher variants of the compact SUV also offer a reverse parking camera. The Nexon has received a 5 star rating from the Global NCAP making it the only car in India to do so.
The crash test revealed the Tata Nexon’s body structure to be stable and capable of withstanding further loading. In other words, Global NCAP crash test proved the Tata Nexon to be a strong and safe car, enough for Tata Motors to go to down proclaiming the best-in-segment safety of this SUV.
The Nexon is one of Tata’s best selling vehicles, second only to the Tiago hatchback. The compact SUV competes with the Maruti Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the recently launched Mahindra XUV300. The Nexon’s prices start from Rs. 6.36 lakhs, which makes it the least priced compact SUV in its segment.
The price is a major reason why many buyers have entered Tata showrooms to the Nexon, and once they’re there, the SUV’s funky styling, powerful engines and feature- rich cabin has done the rest. Currently, the Nexon is India’s second best selling compact SUV in its segment, behind the Maruti Brezza, and averages sales of nearly 5,000 units each month.
The SUV is available with a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that makes 108 Bhp-170 Nm, and a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbodiesel engine with 108 Bhp-260 Nm outputs. Both engines are paired to 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard. 6 speed AMT options are also available with both engines.