The Tata Nexon sub-4 meter compact SUV has just gone past the 50,000 unit production mark. The Nexon is produced at the Tata-Fiat joint manufacturing facility at Ranjangaon, off Pune. The same facility also produces the Zest compact sedan, another Tata car with which the Nexon shares the X1 platform. Notably, the Nexon was launched in India during September 2017, which means that the production of 50,000 units has come well within a year of launch. Tata Motors recently introduced automated manual (AMT) variants of both the petrol and diesel variants of the Nexon. On an average, Tata Motors sells around 4,000 units of the Nexon each month in India.
The sub-4 meter compact SUV rivals the Maruti Brezza and the Ford EcoSport in the Indian market. While the Nexon has never really been able to match the Maruti Brezza’s sales numbers, which are superlative to say the least, it has beaten the Ford EcoSport on multiple occasions. The biggest factor driving the Nexon sales in the Indian market is the compact SUV’s terrific pricing. Tata Motors stunned the SUV market in India by launching the Nexon at Rs. 5.85 lakhs, undercutting not just sub-4 meter compact SUVs but many premium hatchbacks. Now though, the introductory pricing no longer holds, and the Nexon starts from Rs. 6.29 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi.
The Tata Nexon sold in India is available with two engine options – both turbocharged units. The petrol unit displaces 1.2 litres and produces 108 Bhp-170 Nm. The diesel makes 108 Bhp-260 Nm. 6 speed manual gearboxes and a front wheel drive layout are standard with both engines. The 6 speed AMT is now an option. The Tata Nexon offers twin airbags and ABS as standard safety features across all variants, and has recently scored 4 stars in Global NCAP’s crash test. The Nexon has a stable body structure, and is highly regarded for its tough build. It’s currently Tata Motors’ best-selling SUV.