When Tata Motors unveiled the Nexon concept
at the 2016 Auto Expo, it captivated one and all with its futuristic design and
modish character. Not many were aware of what the final production ready
version would look like. Fast forward to July 2017, we find the Nexon carries
forward the same bold character and design as the concept. Not only is the
production ready Nexon near identical to its concept version, it is essentially
futuristic in all its mannerisms and existential being. Evidently so, the
people at Tata Motors have spared no effort in ensuring the Nexon is simply
1198cc, 3 Cylinder, Turbocharged, Petrol
1497cc, 4 Cylinder, Turbocharged, Diesel
McPherson dual path Strut with coil springs
Semi independent twist beam
350 Litres (Expandable upto 690 Litres)
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
Rs. 7 - 11 Lakh
When someone says SUV, I think boxy! But
that is not the case with the new Nexon. Tata has managed to give this compact SUV a butch yet sleek look.
The stance and build of the Nexon is quite masculine. Not only does the Nexon
get fat 215/60 R16 tyres it also gets a wide track and rides as high as 209mm. Tata
has also given the Nexon a bold front fascia which resonates their Impact
design philosophy. Adequate usage of chrome is found on their signature
'Humanity Line' running seamlessly into the funky looking projector headlamp
setup which also features LED DRLs.
What makes the Nexon unique is the way it
features an ivory white finish on every angle. First found on the front bumper
surrounding the fog lamps, then on the shoulder line running into the tailgate
after the C-Pillar in the form of an elongated X. The Nexon also gets a sleek
silhouette and macho wheel arches. The rear section also features piano black
finish sitting neatly between the sharp looking tail lamps. All of these factors
will ensure this compact SUV stands out in a crowd.
While the exterior design and dimensions of
the Nexon are futuristic, the interiors resonate a very chic and urban design.
The dashboard is where all the excitement lies, Tata has used neat and classy
materials all around. The Nexon gets great build quality and the touch and feel
inside the cabin is simply remarkable. The layout and design of the dash
resonates the brand's forward looking theme and combines glossy grey, piano
black and other soft to touch materials in seamless manner.
Tata Motors has added plenty of kit on the
Nexon. The most noticeable of the lot is a 6.5inch floating dash top mounted
capacitive touch screen setup. This infotainment unit resides at a near eye
level in line with the MID display, thus the driver always can clearly view the
road while operating any infotainment setting. The capacitive touch is good to
use and has a quick response. The infotainment unit is also compatible with
Android Auto. Tata is not offering the Nexon with Apple CarPlay just yet but
will soon bring it in. The infotainment unit also gets a voice recognition
function which we found quite handy and easy to operate. This also enables you
with the vehicle reading out WhatsApp text messages.
Tata has also included features like push
button start/ stop, keyless entry, video playback, reverse parking camera, rear
sensors, power adjustable and retractable ORVMs, rear ac vents and automatic
climate control. But certain features inside the cabin are quite futuristic. Tata
is offering the Nexon with a wearable key fob. Just like a wrist watch, this
wearable key fob can be strapped to your wrist in case you don't desire a key
bouncing around in your pocket. Another futuristic feature is voice alert
warning functions. When the computer detects an anomaly instead of simply
giving warning sounds, it will verbally tell you what is the issue detected.
For instance if any door is ajar, the system will verbally tell you which door
is open or if you have the handbrake engaged it will let you know verbally
about the same. Such features take the practicality offered on the Nexon to a
whole new level.
Tata is offering the Nexon with the choice
of a 1.2L, 3 cylinder, turbocharged, petrol and a 1.5L, 4 cylinder,
turbocharged, diesel. Both powertrains are new offerings from Tata Motors and
we got a chance to open them up on the scenic roads in Kerala. The 1.5L diesel
mill churns out 108.49hp at 3750rpm and 260Nm of torque from 1500-2750rpm. Tata
has precision tuned this diesel mill and it is extremely peppy to drive. Right
from the word go the engine makes no fuss and gets going rather quick. Both
petrol and diesel engines have been mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The
1.2L turbocharged petrol is surprisingly smooth to drive. The engine belts out
108 horses at 5000rpm and 170Nm low in the rev band. Despite being turbo
charged the petrol engine feels linear in its progression and builds on the
revs rather smoothly.
To drive, I felt the petrol was sportier
and alive, but the diesel had its own peppy charm about it as well. Both
engines did not disappoint me. But then I did feel the gearbox was a slight bit
notchy and could be improved. Tata has also installed a dual path suspension
setup on the Nexon which is softly sprung and rides decently well over
undulations. On smooth roads, the vehicle offers immense stability and control.
Tata has also bolted on fat tyres which not only add to the butch appeal of
this compact SUV but also enhance the Nexon's driving dynamics. Braking on the
Nexon is facilitated by a disc and drum setup. The brakes are good and get the
job done effectively. Tata has also included features such as ISOFIX mounts, dual
airbags and ABS with corner stability control as standard across all variants.
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