Tata Nexon Overview
Tata Motors is a household name which we are all familiar with not exactly for their passenger’s cars but for their array of commercial vehicles which ply on our Indian roads. However, the entire scenario changed since the year 2014 when our homegrown auto manufacturer decided to introduce their new generation lineup for the Indian market. In that particular year, Tata Motors also showcased a sub-4 meter SUV concept at the 2014 Auto Expo which looked futuristic and way ahead of its time. Later we came to know Tata Motors received a lot of enquiries about the particular concept car which encouraged them to give a green signal to the project.
The sub-4 meter SUV is a direct rival to the popular Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Ford Ecosport. Initially, we thought that it would be launched only with a diesel engine under its hood, but now we have received the confirmation that Tata Nexon will be available with both diesel and petrol engines which also give it a slight edge over its rival the Vitara Brezza.Tata Nexon definitely has the looks to catch everyone’s attention but does it have everything to tick all the boxes? Find it out here in our overview of this new sub-4 meter SUV from Tata Motors. Book a test drive for Nexon in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive
Tata Nexon Design & Style
The Nexon’s strength is its design, the crossover-like combination of tall stance, raised shoulder line and curved roofline ending in a pert rear gives it special appeal. Of course, it has the sub-four-metre advantage too, though, the inherent limitation of its compact proportions becomes all too clear when you step into the cabin. But, combined with a big leap in fit and finish quality that Tata cars have seen right from the Tiago, the Nexon is a pleasant surprise. The new HyprDrive SSG AMT (short for Self-Shift Gears) is no different — in fact Tata has taken it one step higher with a new online personalisation platform where customers can choose from a range of options including contrast body colours for the roof and many new accessories. The Nexon AMT is also being introduced with a new body colour called Etna Orange and a contrast dual-tone roof colour option called Sonic Silver. The shoulder line garnish, which was in a matte white finish in the manual Nexon is also being offered in the same sonic silver paint in the AMT and looks much better.
Just like on the outside one will also find lots of new elements inside the cabin as well which includes a new fixed touchscreen infotainment system on top of the dashboard. This system looks quite similar to the ones you will find in some other high-end cars like Audi and Mercedes. The dash, on the other hand, has been finished in dual tone colours which add a luxurious feeling inside the cabin. There are plenty of storage spaces inside the cabin as well. There is plenty of room inside the cabin and can easily seat five occupants inside. However, we do feel that the sloping roofline might interfere in the headroom space of the taller rear occupants. The Nexon borrows the steering wheel and few bits from the Bolt and Zest hatchback.
Now if we talk about equipment list then I must inform you that Tata Motors has added plenty of them inside. You do get a new first in class multi-drive modes which are operated by a round dial positioned just behind the gear lever. Tata Motors has also provided sliding tambour door mechanism in between the driver and passenger seat for easy storage which is actually quite useful because it prevents lot stuff to fall out of place especially when you hit a pothole. The 6.5 inch HD display unit is compatible with Android Auto as well as Apple Play(to be offered soon). The Nexon even gets an advanced Harman infotainment system enabled with a drive mode based HMI theme. The eight speaker audio system promises to bring harmonic richness in the car audio system. Lastly, the rear seats too look quite comfortable, and the passengers seating at the rear also gets a rear AC blower as well. The boot at the back is also quite spacious and bigger than that of its rival. If you want to know about numbers, then the Nexon offers an impressive 350 Litres space at the rear.
Tata Nexon Engine & Performance
We are just going to talk about the new 1.5-litre, common-rail diesel motor in this review. Displacing 1497cc, this diesel unit is based on the three-cylinder motor found in the Tiago. However, Tata engineers have put in a bigger turbo-charger and the internals have been strengthened to handle the extra power and torque. They have also used an aluminium oil sump to keep weight in check and frictional losses have been reduced as compared to the Tiago motor. Producing best in segment 108bhp and 260Nm of torque, this iron block diesel motor is coupled to a newly developed 6-speed manual gearbox.
Thanks to the surplus of power, the Nexon moves off the block with ease and drivability is its biggest strength. Power delivery is pretty seamless and you can barely feel the turbo kicking in. There´s a gentle surge at around 1600rpm, followed by a strong push all the way to its 4500rpm redline. You get three drive modes and in any given ECU map, the Nexon has enough grunt for most conditions. Although, in Eco mode responses are subdued, it offers enough go, especially encountering low speed traffic. In City or in Power mode, the Nexon really shines and on first impressions, the Nexon definitely felt more responsive and faster than the Vitara Brezza or the Ford EcoSport. The Nexon cruises well too and the strong mid-range makes overtaking easy. The good drivability also means you don´t have to constantly work the gearbox to make quick progress, which is a good thing as the gearshifts are a bit notchy and the clutch is on the heavier side. Refinement of this diesel motor is quite impressive and Tata engineers have done a really good job with this diesel motor.
Tata Nexon Driving Dynamics
Like the engine, the Nexon´s ride and handling is impressive too. At any given speed, the Nexon always feels supple and it retains remarkable composure over worst of roads. The ride is quite flat too and except for getting caught-out by sudden sharp bumps, there is not much to complain. Its handling is sorted too and it always feels safe and predictable and the compact dimensions make it easy to drive on narrow roads. The steering is quite direct and body-roll is well contained and there is loads of grip from the 205 section tyres. But when compared to the Vitara Brezza, it lacks finesse while tackling corners. Quick change of direction is where the Nexon struggles as it feels heavy, steering feels inert and it lacks Maruti´s fluidity. Even the brakes could have been better with better pedal feel and sharper initial bite.
Tata Nexon Braking & Safety
The new Nexon AMT’s cabin sports all the features that the manual transmission version is being offered with, including the 6.5-inch floating dash-top infotainment touchscreen and the eight-speaker Harman Kardon music system. Dual front airbags and ABS with EBD are standard across trim variants. The Nexon’s cabin is not much larger than the average premium hatch in terms of legroom and shoulder room. However, there is ample headroom and there is also a very usable 350-litres of boot space. The AMT version is being offered in the comparable top-spec XZ MT variant, and is called the Nexon XZA+ with SSG.
Tata Nexon Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 5,96,443/- (Nexon Revotron XE) to 9,56,534/- (Nexon Revotorq XZ Plus Dual Tone). Get best offers for Tata Nexon from Tata Dealers in Chennai. Check for Nexon price in Chennai at Carzprice
Tata Nexon Verdict
It is hard not to recommend the Nexon, especially in this diesel variant. The stand-out exterior, comfortable cabin, long-list of features, potent diesel motor and sorted dynamics definitely makes this compact SUV very alluring. Even though cabin quality could have been better, the fact that its competitors also don´t fare well in this matter makes it something of a moot point. But there are two major things that can really affect this impressive product. The first and foremost is the price, which Tata needs to desperately get right and undercut its rivals by at least Rs 20-30,000 (we think the high-price was the tumbling block in case of the now slow selling Tigor). The second aspect is Tata´s quality control issues which will be unacceptable, especially in a premium product like the Nexon. The ball then is in Tata´s court to not let a potential winner down.