Tata Motors has launched the Tata Nexon in Bangalore at a starting price of Rs 5.94 lakh for the base variant powered by petrol and going up to Rs 9.54 lakh for the top-spec variant powered by diesel. The regional launch was held just a day after the national launch.
The Tata Nexon is the fourth product developed under their IMPACT design philosophy. Given that the Nexon's predecessors - the Tiago, Hexa and Tigor - were game changers for Tata in their respective segments, expectations were riding high on the Nexon too. The Nexon more than met those expectations.
The Tata Nexon has come a long way from when it was first unveiled in concept form at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. It managed to impress many and received rave reviews at the media drive held nearly two months ago. Here is our first drive review of the Tata Nexon.
The Tata Nexon makes a rather successful attempt at bringing together global and contemporary design.
The Nexon brings fresh and futuristic design elements to the compact SUV segment, which is currently dominated by boxy designs. Designers of the Nexon have managed to mould the design lines of a sports coupe into the overall silhouette of an SUV.
At the front, the Nexon features a high-set headlamp with integrated LED DRLs. the humanity line - a chrome strip - runs across the entire front end of the Nexon, under the black honeycomb grille and headlamps.
From the side, the Tata Nexon looks rather bold, with the flared wheel arches, machine cut 16-inch alloy wheels and sloping roofline. The beltline, fog lamp surround and the elongated ‘X' at the rear which tata calls the X factor are all made done up in a ceramic white paint.
The Tata Nexon is being sold in five colours: Moroccan Blue, Vermont Red, Seattle Silver, Glasgow Grey and Calgary White. However, the dual-tone variant with the grey roof can only be optioned either with Moroccan Blue or Vermont Red.
The Interiors of the Nexon feature good quality materials and has a premium feel to it. The dashboard has a layered look to it, with the top layer in black and bottom in beige. The middle layer is done up in metallic grey, and it is the same metallic grey which is carried on to the door handles as well.
A 6.5-inch HD touchscreen infotainment unit takes up a prominent position on top of the dashboard. It currently features Android Auto and is expected to receive an update with Apple CarPlay at a later stage. Sound from the same is reproduced through an eight speaker setup from Harman.
Powering the petrol variants of the Nexon is a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol from the Revotron family, and powering the diesel variant is a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel from the Revotorq family. Both engines come with multiple drive modes - Eco, City and Sport, while transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed gearbox.
Both engines have a maximum power output of 108.5bhp, with the difference being in the torque output. The 1.2-litre petrol produces 170Nm, and the 1.5-litre diesel produces 260Nm.
Safety too has been given utmost importance in the Nexon. It features dual airbags at the front and ABS with EBD as standard.
Pratap Bose, Head of Design at Tata Motors said, "We are confident that our relentless efforts towards design will play a pivotal role in our long-term success in this dynamic market and NEXON will further usher in a new chapter of our growth story."
The Tata Nexon is currently the most competitively priced compact SUV in the Indian market today. The prices though would not stay the same for a long time, as Tata has made it very clear that these are introductory prices.