Tata has finally pulled the wraps off their compact SUV – the Nexon. One look at it, and we’ve immediately turned fans of the company’s all-new ‘Impact Design’ philosophy. The ‘crossover’ boasts of very sloping silhouette, with curving creases, flared wheel arches, and certain elements that are found on the upper grille and waistline can be customized, says Tata Motors. Also notice the DRLs in the projector headlamps and the LED tail lamps.
The Nexon will employ a 1.2-litre, turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel unit, which is good for 110bhp and 260Nm of torque. Linked to the motor is a 6-speed manual gearbox. You also get three drive modes, like you do on some of latest Tatas. The 16-inch wheels fill up the arches well, and manages to give a good ground clearance of 200mm. Features include a 6.5-inch touchscreen and infotainment system, along with 8 speakers. With the Nexon, Tata will take the fight to Ford’s EcoSport and Maruti’s newly revealed Vitara Brezza.
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The company’s new compact sedan looks every bit like hatchback – the Zica(which is now being renamed), except for the boot extension which looks rather cute when viewed from rear, but look closer, and you’ll notice an awkwardly sloping rear glass, which we think, makes it look like they hurried in the boot design onto the hatch.
The car measures 3,995mm in length, 2,450mm in wheelbase, 1,647mm in width and 1,535mm in height. Those 15-inch wheels certainly add to the appeal of the car, and give it a good stance. It also gets a 35-litre fuel tank. As far an engines go, expect the 1.2-litre Rovotron petrol and 1.05-litre Rovotorq diesel unit to find their way into the car’s bonnet. Integrated navigation and a 5-inch infotainment system are sure to be on the list of features available.
What has long been in the news as a test mule, is finally out for the crowds to see in India. The production-spec Hexa gets swept-back projector headlamps with LED lamps, an imposing grille and a huge chrome bar adorning the tailgate. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. You also get a slew of features like: traction control, 6 airbags, steering-mounted controls, ESP, leather upholstery, ABS, EBD and the works.
Under the bonnet lies a 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine with 156bhp on tap and 400Nm of torque. Customers will be able to opt either for a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed auto ‘box. The exciting bit being, you get four driving modes to select: Comfort, Dynamic, Automatic and ‘Rough Road’. With a typical butch SUV look, expect this one to be a hit among Indian buyers.