The 2017 Tata Nexon is clearly one of the most anticipated SUVs to launch in India. It is an important offering for Tata Motors, as the Nexon is being seen as the game changer for the company as well as the segment. Nexon means Next-on which signifies the new direction in which the Indian automobile manufacturer is heading. The main rivals that the Tata Nexon will lock horns with are the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, both are quite popular in their own ways.
In terms of design, the headlight units feature projector lamps and DRLs while the tail light is an LED unit. The front of the car looks quite burly with the muscular bulges, but the rather quirky looking rear has a very hatchback-like look. The side profile, however, looks butch with its 200mm ground clearance and 16-inch wheels wrapped in 215-section tyres. The rising waistline and the thick C-pillar do look good, but it might reduce the visibility and make things a little claustrophobic for rear passengers. Overall, it's a funky looking design but one that you either love or hate.
The only bits inside that look familiar are the steering wheel and the instrument cluster, which seem to be lifted off the Zest/Bolt. The rest is all-new with a neat dual-tone finish and simple layout that isn't too crowded. Tata has used an all-new 6.5-inch Harman touchscreen infotainment system, which is essentially a tablet mounted on the dash like in a Mercedes. The plastics on the dash seem to be of a good quality with a textured finish on the top half, but we'll only be sure when we actually get our hands on it. The Nexon will also get sufficient storage space inside with deep door pockets that even have room to hold an umbrella. Based on the position of the handle, the boot appears to have a thoughtfully executed low-loading bay, but we will reserve our comments until we see it in the flesh.
At the Geneva Auto Show 2017, Tata Motors revealed that the Nexon will come with an all-new 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine that will make 110PS at 3,750rpm and 260Nm at 1,500-2,750rpm. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. However, the company has officially said that there will also be a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol motor that is good for 110PS at 5,000rpm and 170Nm at 2,000-4,000rpm. This engine too will be available with the 6-speed manual. While Tata will manufacture the petrol Revotron engine at the Sanand facility, the Revotorq diesel will be shipped from the Ranjangaon plant. Both the engines will come with Eco, City and Sport modes. Get all details on engine specifications here.