Tata Nexon Facelift First Drive

Tata Nexon Overview

Tata Motors has launched some cars in the past couple of years that have made everyone sit up and take notice. The Tiago, Tigor and Hexa are impressive products and the Nexon that we have here today is the 4th offering from Tata, that follows the IMPACT design philosophy. The Nexon is slotted in the compact SUV segment, rivalling the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. So without wasting time, let’s go and have a look at what the Nexon offers.The Tata Nexon was first showcased as a concept at the 2014 Auto Expo. It garnered a lot of attention from people and the company then went on to showcase the production version of the car at the 2016 Auto Expo and later at the Geneva Motor Show. Test drive for Tata Nexon.


Tata Nexon Exterior & Style

To begin with let us first inform you that the Nexon is based on the XO platform which is the same platform that also underpins almost all of their new generation compact cars including the Bolt, Zest and even the Tiago and Tigor.

Take a look at the production variant of the Nexon, and you will instantly mistake it with the concept car which was showcased almost three years back at the 2014 Auto Expo with some practical additions. This compact SUV stands apart from the crowd because of certain factors which include its modern looking face, a sloping roofline like silhouette, big extended X like design towards the rear which has been finished in Ivory white ceramic type element that we can also find towards the side profile and also under the front fog lamps. The big 16-inch chunky alloy wheels, high ground clearance of 200 mm, projector headlamps and LED taillamps are some other highlights which make the SUV looks quite modern and well equipped and practical at the same time.

The premium looking front grille has been finished in Piano black and has the Tata logo at the centre while a chrome slat sits on the base of the grille and extends all the way towards the side headlamps edges (Tata Motors calls it a humanity line). The Nexon also gets LED DRL’s positioned below the projector headlamps units. Towards the lower front face, the round fog lamps placed slightly higher to perhaps highlighting the high ground clearance.

Towards the side profile is where you will witness all the crease lines and bulges. The muscular wheel arches and the big 16 inch wheels along with black plastic claddings further add to its muscular stance. Just below the window line is where you will also find the Ivory white strip which you will also notice towards the front and rear profile of the SUV. One of the other highlights of the side profile of the SUV is its coupe like sloping roofline which is further accentuated by the Contrasting roof colour.

Towards the rear profile the Nexon gets an X shaped element which is positioned just below the rear windscreen. The floating roof spoiler towards the rear also features a LED stop lamps.

Tata Nexon Interior & Space

The Nexon’scabin and interior detailing remains unchanged, other than the AMT gear lever of course! Ergonomics are spot-on, and since the touchscreen is placed so high on the dash, you really don’t have to take your eyes off the road for long. Although the Nexon is one of Tata’s better products when it comes to quality, you’ll still come across panel gaps lower down on the dashboard, and the control stalks and power window buttons could have been better finished. Plus, the glossy piano black finish around the centre console is prone to scratches.

There are lots of storage spaces (31 to be exact) where occupants can store their belongings. But we noticed that the narrow opening to the enclosure under the centre armrest constantly scratches your hands. When it comes to the Nexon’s seats, the front ones are quite large with lots of lateral support and plenty of legroom too. At the rear, the 60:40 contoured bench is spacious with good cushioning and an appropriate backrest angle. This, coupled with ample knee-room and wide proportions to seatthreecomfortably, makes for a rather relaxed journey.

The Nexon’sboot has the capacity to hold 350-litres of luggage, and when the need arises, it can swell to about 690-litres by dropping the rear seats.Although the Nexon AMT’s feature list remains largely the same as the XZ with a manual transmission, you now get Hill Assist. The XZA+ that we drove was equipped with the three drive modes Eco/City/Sport with tip-tronic transmission, a touchscreen system with Android Auto, wearable peps key, climate control, rear air-con vents and reverse camera with dynamic guide-lines, to name a few.For Tata Nexon check tec.net.in

Tata Nexon Engine & Gearbox

We got to drive both the petrol and diesel version of the Tata Nexon with the six-speed AMT gearbox, and we’ll start off with the diesel version first. Since we’ve already driven the diesel manual version earlier, the idea was to gauge how well the AMT gearbox fares. The 1.5-litre diesel motor’s 108bhp and 260Nm of torque just allows it to quickly get off the mark and gather speed with absolutely no fuss. There is some shift lag, like with all AMTs, especially when you’re gaining pace in a hurry. But essentially, the key is to hold revs when the shift is actuating and get on the throttle in a steady manner.

Just like its manual sibling, drivability is a strong point and there’s a meaty surge of power all the way to the 4500rpm redline,making overtaking a breeze. Most importantly, you can control the power output through the Eco, City and Sport drive modes, depending on your choice. It goes without saying that the Eco mode shunts the power output in the interest of extracting more fuel efficiency. On a personal note, I found myself driving in the manual tip-tronic mode where I could shift gears as per my driving style and situation.

But by all meansAll the same, it was the Nexon with the 1.2-litre petrol AMT which raised our eyebrows. We clearly remembered the manual version to have lots of turbo-lag below 2000rpm. This lag, along with its tall gears, meant that you had to work the manual gearbox constantly to keep it in the powerband for any sort of go at low speeds – a pain to drive in traffic. However, that’s changed for the better in the Nexon petrol AMT. Although it doesn’t get off the mark as strongly as the diesel version, the six-speed AMT has been programmed to hold gears and offer better response at lower speeds. This thankfully translates into adequate grunt in bumper-to-bumper traffic situations.

Of course, this motor originally didn’t have any concerns after the turbo spooled up, so performance post 2200rpm is more than sufficient. So whether it is keeping up with other cars at highway speeds, or that much needed overtake, this petrol AMT suffices. And to add to its list of repertoires, the three drive modes and the tip-tronic manual shifting feature is available here too. Just so that you can customise that driving experience.

Tata Nexon Ride & Handling

The performance of Tata Nexon petrol is a bit sluggish for the highways, but it performs decently on the narrow and thick city roads. The power delivery is linear and the gearshits are smooth. As for the diesel, it is way better than its petrol counterpart as it performs pretty good with super power and torque delivery. The refined NVH levels further accentuate the driving pleasure.

Tata Nexon Braking & Safety

Tata Nexon comes packed with a plethora of safety features such as dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Immobilizer and Seatbelt with pretensioners and load limiters as standard. The high-end variants also boast of Park Assist with Camera, Front fog lamps with cornering assistance, rear fog lamps and speed dependent auto door locks features.

Tata Nexon Price in Pune

Tata Nexon On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 6,63,468 to 10,87,546 for variants Nexon Revotron XE and Nexon Revotorq XZ Plus Dual Tone respectively. Tata Nexon is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Tata Nexon variants price in Pune. Check for Nexon price in Pune at Carzprice.

Tata Nexon Round Up

Well! The Nexon is the new generation product from Tata Motors which is quite refined and gets quality materials and plenty of new and exclusive features both inside and outside. It looks good and will attract everyone’s attention on the road. Rumors are that Tata Motors will price this new SUV quite aggressively as well. The Nexon gets both diesel and petrol engines under its hood which gives it an edge over its rival Vitara Brezza along with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Lastly for those who want a well built and premium quality interior with plenty of modern features and practicality can always opt for the Nexon.

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