Tata Motors has launched the JTP versions of the Tiago and Tigor at cracking price tags. The automaker has revealed that the Nexon is the next big launch under the JTP banner. Here is a render that shows what the Tata Nexon JTP will look like.
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The Nexon JTP will have a crucial change though. Instead of taking a turbo petrol approach for high performance, the compact SUV will hit the turbo diesel button. The 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel engine that the regular Nexon uses makes about 108 Bhp-260 Nm, which already places it among the most powerful motor in its segment.
The motor is likely to get a big power and torque boost, with outputs going up to possibly 125 Bhp-300 Nm, or even more. The 6 speed manual gearbox is expected to be retained, with ratio changes to bring the best out of the diesel motor. This is a similar approach Tata Motors and JTP took with the Tiago and Tigor models.
While the engine and transmission will make the Nexon JTP accelerate much more faster than the regular model, the real deal will be handling. Tata Motors has demonstrated that the Tiago and Tigor can be made into lovely handling machines with suspension tweaks and a lowered ground clearance. A similar approach is likely with the Nexon JTP as well, which is expected to lose some ground clearance, and gains stiffer suspension. So, a Nexon that sits lower with sportier handling is what the JTP treatment is expected to offer buyers.
As for design, the Tata Nexon JTP will retain the overall form factor with only minor tweaks, both on the outside and inside. The front bumper and grille will get a different treatment while the alloy wheel design could also be a major revision. Lower profile tyres with better grip levels are other bits that are expected on the new, high performance version of the SUV. On the inside, expect some sporty bits such as drilled aluminium pedals, seat fabric with contrast stitching and revised accents for the AC vents.
As for pricing, expect the Tata Nexon JTP to be priced at par with the top of the line, Nexon Diesel AMT XZA variant. Taking XZA variant prices into consideration,a sub-Rs. 10 lakhs is what the JTP variant could sit at. At that price level, the Nexon JTP will be one of the country’s cheapest high performance SUVs that offers no less than 300 Nm of peak torque.
JTP is a brand that Tata Motors and Jayem Engineering of Coimbatore have formed in order to develop and sell high performance versions of regular Tata cars. The Tiago and Tigor JTP are the first cars under this banner, and the Nexon JTP will be the third model. The JTP branded cars will be sold through select Tata Motors dealerships across the country. They are expected to share a lot of mechanical bits with regular Tata cars to make after sales service both affordable and accessible.