The Tata Nexon, for when it arrived in the Indian market, was admired by the critics for its curvy design, aggressive price, and build quality. Soon enough, the Nexon also became the first Indian car to receive the 5-star Global NCAP rating, only adding a bit more to the already great package.
Now that it’s out for a few years, Tata Motors has gone ahead and given the Nexon a mid-cycle facelift, to retain that numero uno spot in the fierce sub-4 metre compact SUV segment. Well, have a look for yourself.
To my eyes, the new Nexon looks like a smaller Discovery Sport, especially from the front. And for those who didn’t much prefer the curvaceous design, Tata has managed to make it more upright and SUV-like with a new imposing front-end. The headlamp units are new too, and they look significantly better than the previous ones, especially the new DRLs embedded within, which also act as turn indicators. The grille is also all-new, and so is the bumper. The changes to the profile are only limited to a newer design for the 16-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, the taillamps and the bumper have been revamped.
On the interior front, the Nexon gets new features to make it more desirable and appealing (more on that later). The dashboard layout, however, remains the same. The upholstery is all-new as well, and now the lower half of the dashboard is finished in beige, which might be a downer for those who preferred the older Nexon’s all-black layout.
Tata has made sure there are enough changes to the Nexon so that one wouldn’t mistake it for the older car. Dimension-wise, the changes are subtle. If we go by the numbers, the new Nexon is 3,993mm in length, 1,811mm in width, and 1,606mm in height. The wheelbase is a good 2,498mm, and the ground clearance is impressive at 209mm. The boot space capacity is 350-litres. The fuel tank capacity for both engines is the same, at 44-litres.
Speaking of the engines, the Nexon continues to be powered by the same petrol and diesel engines as the model it replaces. This time around, though, both the engines are compliant with the stringent BS-VI emission standards. Starting with the diesel, it’s a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit which is capable of churning out 108bhp and 260Nm of torque. The gasoline engine, on the other hand, is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit which makes 108bhp and 170Nm of torque. A six-speed manual is a standard fit for both, and a 6-speed AMT, too, comes as an option for both the engines. Both engines also come with three driving modes – Eco, City, and Sport.
As expected, it’s the diesel-powered Nexon that’s the most frugal amongst the whole range, at 22.4km/l for both the manual and AMT. The petrol, on the other hand, doesn’t disappoint either, at 17.4km/l for both the transmissions (all figures, ARAI-certified).
The new Nexon doesn’t disappoint on the features front either. The XZ+ variant you see here brings a much-anticipated electric sunroof to the mix. Also, it gets cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped gear knob, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, push-button start with keyless entry, a fully-digital instrument cluster, and much more. It also gets connected car tech with features such as live diagnostic report, find my car, remote vehicle control, and intrusion alert.
The Nexon, as of early-2020, comes in six shades, namely, Foliage Green, Calgary White, Flame Red, Pure Silver, Daytona Grey, and Tectonic Blue. Surprisingly, all the shades are also available in the dual-tone treatment.
All the details regarding the Tata Nexon, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Tata Nexon is available in twenty-four variants, with seven variants for the petrol-manual, five variants for the petrol-automatic, seven variants for the diesel-manual, and five variants for the diesel-automatic. The prices start at Rs. 6.95 lakhs for the XE petrol variant going all the way up to Rs. 12.70 lakhs for the XZ+ with Dual Tone roof (O) diesel variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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