The Tata Nexon, earlier codenamed X104, is the new big thing Tata Motors has got its hands full with. The Nexon concept was showcased at last year’s Delhi Auto Expo and the car has recently been spotted testing on the road under heavy camouflage. The car is due launch in 2016 and is expected to go on sale some time in 2017. Let’s find out what the soon to release Tata Nexon has in store for the market, from whatever could be deciphered from underneath the covers.
The Tata Nexon is being built on the Tata Zica platform. Spy pics of the on-road test model has revealed a lot about the front fascia. The bonnet and the front grille are similar to that of the Zica but will have its own design to stand apart as the Nexon. The Zica small car and the Nexon will share design and technical specs where they come under the modified XO platform category.
The model recently seen on the streets did not feature the LED headlamps and the fog lights for the front fascia that were there in the 2014 prototype. Also, the alloy wheels showcased in the concept back in 2014 have been replaced with regular wheels. The test mule also lost the ventilated discs for all the wheels and has got discs for the front wheels and drum brakes for the rear wheels.
The spy shots that show the interiors are disappointing too, as they don’t show any of the extravagant features showcased in the 2014 concept. There are no contoured seats or suicide doors. There is no white dashboard or neon blue ambient lights. The interior design of the recent prototype looks a lot like that of the recent Tata Zica. The Nexon will share the same three spoke multifunctional steering wheel the Zica uses. The center console and the seats are also designed totally based on the Zica platform. The boot space of the sub-4m car too is similar to that of the Zica.
The design of a compact SUV sharing platform with a small car is indeed disappointing as far as expectations on luxury and comfort are considered. But let us check out what the car has in store for us in terms of performance. The Nexon, also called the Tata Osprey, will be available in both, petrol and diesel variants. The petrol unit will be a Revotron number with fuel capacity of 1.2 liter. This is the same engine that is used in the Zica model. The 3-cylinder unit will offer around 81BHP and 114Nm peak torque. The diesel unit will be a 1.3 liter MultiJet engine that is also found in the Zest and the Bolt models. Tata is also trying to get the 1.5 liter Revotorq unit on the new Osprey, so that the diesel engine can offer up to 110BHP of power. However, there is no confirmation on this larger diesel engine yet.
All variants of the Nexon, or the Osprey, is likely to be priced within the INR 5,00,000 and INR 10,00,000 range and will battle the likes of the Maruti Suzuki YBA, the Ford EcoSport, and the Mahindra TUV300.