Tata Motors has begun working on a facelift for its best selling SUV – the Nexon. Spyshots of the facelifted Nexon have leaked but the full camouflage on the test mule doesn’t reveal much. There’s talk that Tata Motors will give the facelifted Nexon styling inspired by the Impact 2.0 design philosophy, which was first seen on the Harrier, and will soon be seen on the Cassini (Buzzard/H7X). Here’s a speculative render that shows what the Nexon inspired by the Impact 2.0 design could look like.
Render courtesy CarWale
As the render indicates, the Nexon gets a front end that’s simply borrowed from the Harrier. While the final model may obviously not be a full copy of the Harrier, it’s likely that many design bits of the SUV will make it to the compact SUV. For instance, the headlamps could move to the bumper, with the traditional headlamp position instead hosting LED DRLs. Similarly, the grille could see a full revision, and become much wider. The rest of the Nexon’s profile and design could be similar to the current model as we’re dealing with a facelift, which is very unlikely to get a full top-hat restyling.
In the past, we’ve seen Tata Motors carry out major facelifts on cars, changing the entire design and stance. The
Hexa-Aria design makeover is something that comes to mind. Something like this could be carried out with the
facelifted Nexon as well. If the Tata Nexon indeed gets the Harrier’s styling, a lot of buyers could be swayed by the
compact SUV’s looks alone. Under the hood, and in terms of features, the Nexon is already very strong, and the
facelift is likely to add only a few features with no major mechanical changes to speak of apart from emission
related equipment required to meet the upcoming Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms.
Currently, the Nexon sold in India features two engine and two gearbox options. The petrol engine is a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged unit with 108 Bhp-170 Nm on tap. The diesel, also a turbocharged unit, makes 108 Bhp-250 Nm, and is also much larger, with a 1.5 liter displacement and a 4 cylinder layout. 6 speed manual gearboxes are standard with both engines, which also get 6 speed AMT options. In fact, the Nexon is the only sub-4 meter compact SUV in India to feature both manual and automatic options.
The Tata Nexon has been rated 5 stars by Global NCAP for excellent performance in the agency’s crash test. Tata Motors has been harping about the high levels of safety that the Nexon offers, and in the facelifted model, expect a few safety feature additions to reinforce the Nexon’s solid safety levels. As for pricing, a mild upward revision is very likely for the facelifted Nexon.