Shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the Nexon, its name reportedly derived from Next-On, rates as the fourth model after the Hexa, Tigor sedan and Tiago hatch to incorporate Tata's IMPACT design language, with the final design conducted at the marque's in-house styling centre in Pune.
Set to rival the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta, Mahindra TUV300 and segment dominating Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Nexon measures 3 994 mm in overall length with a height of 1 607 mm, wheelbase of 2 498 mm, width of 1 811 mm and ground clearance of 209 mm.
Allegedly tested over 1.7-million km and weighing between 1 305 kg-1 373 kg, the Nexon features a completely different interior layout compared to its IMPACT siblings, with the biggest highlight being a 6.5-inch HD display with satellite navigation, smartphone pairing, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Depending on the model selected, standard equipment consists of a four or eight-speaker sound system, climate control, parking sensors with reverse camera, electric mirrors, push-button start, dual front airbags and ABS with EBD. A new Multi Drive selector allows for throttle response to be altered from three modes; Eco, City and Sport.
Providing forward momentum, the Nexon will offer a single turbo-petrol and turbodiesel engine with the former being the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron unit used in the Bolt, developing 80 kW and 170 Nm of torque. Likely to be the most popular choice though, the brand-new Revotorq oil-burner displaces 1.5-litres and churns out an identical 80 kW but with 260 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual is standard with a six-speed AMT expected at a later stage.
Pricing and final spec is yet to be announced, although the Nexon is expected to start at around 650 000 rupees or roughly R131 800. No word on South African availability has yet been made.
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