Tata reveals Nexon details
New engines, new gearbox for Tata's compact SUV; launch slated for "festive season"
We've known a few things about the Tata Nexon for a while: it's a compact SUV, it measures just under 4,000 millimetres in length, and it is the most important new Tata there's been in a while. Now, we have a little more info, thanks to a statement that's come straight from Tata.
The Nexon will be offered with two engine options: a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol, making 108bhp and 170Nm of torque, and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel producing 108bhp and 260Nm of twist. While we have seen the Revotron three-pot in other Tata cars, the Revotorq diesel is making its debut with this car. Both motors will feature multi-drive modes: Eco, City and Sport. Giving these engines company is a new six-speed manual, which is likely to be the only gearbox available at launch.
Tata absolutely needs to get the Nexon right, and it's pulling out all stops with this one. Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, says, “To introduce this all-new SUV into the market, we are not leaving any stone unturned. We are once again introducing a product with an exciting package for our customers. The engine is the heart of the car and along with the SUV-like design and features, we wanted to offer punchy, responsive and refined engines".
There was a tasty-looking Nexon showcased in Geneva this year (pictured here), which was equipped with two airbags, ABS with EBD, 17-inch alloys, a reverse camera and a Harman-certified infotainment system. Most of these are likely to be offered on the India-spec car as well.
Tata has stated that launch will take place "this festive season", which could mean we're still over a couple of months away from the day. It'll battle the Maruti Vitara Brezza -- and Tata will have to pull off something spectacular to ensure the Nexon stands a chance against such a formidable rival.
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