Tata Nexon Hatchback Review & First Drive

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Tata Nexon Overview

2020 Tata Nexon facelift has been spotted testing in India. Although heavily camouflaged, based on the exposed areas, the updated Tata Nexon appears to have gone through a considerable makeover with new, sharper styling cues, and a revised front section. The facelifted Tata Nexon subcompact SUV is expected to be introduced sometime next year, possibly after the launch of the fully-electric Nexon EV, which is slated to be launched in early 2020.

Visually, the facelifted Tata Nexon appears to have been inspired by the Harrier, especially the front styling, based on the sleeker grille, however, here the headlamps are positioned in their conventional spot and get new sharper LED daytime running lights. That said, the bigger change here is the new front bumper which now gets a new airdam with mesh grille, and a set of new foglamps in new black housing and C-shaped design elements.

The profile of the test mule is quite similar to the existing Tata Nexon, featuring the same 5-spoke alloy wheels and sloping roofline. Similarly, the rear section of the car also remains identical to the pre-facelift Nexon featuring the same taillamps, albeit with a revised cluster, and possibly a new rear bumper as well. We do not get to see the cabin in these images, however, the car is likely to come with a new interior with several new and updated features.

Powertrain wise the 2020 Tata Nexon Facelift will come with a BS6 compliant petrol engine. It’s likely to be based on the existing 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged motor, which currently makes 108 bhp and 170 Nm of peak torque, and the power figures are also expected to remain similar.Check for Tata Nexon price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Tata Nexon Design

Striking! Especially in these bright shades or red or blue – that is the first thing that comes to mind when you first set your eyes on the new Nexon. There are still hints (strong and subtle) of Tata Motors design language that carries over from other cars like the Tiago and the Bolt. The headlights for example still swoop in a very distinctively Tata way and they come with LED daytime running lights and projectors. The grille, painted in gloss black, harks back to the likes of the Safari Storme with its bold and in-your-face design. Thankfully, Tata has done the smart thing and not given the Nexon a lot of that tacky chrome apart from a slim accent piece underneath the grille. Instead, what you do get, especially on the XZ+ variant, are satin while plastic inserts that are tactfully placed around the car.

The side profile is what will really set the Nexon apart – in an almost signature way. The satin white inserts continue to form a very strong shoulder line and the roofline swoops down in almost a coupe SUV type of way! Tata has also uniquely given the roof a dark metallic grey colour option instead of just the standard black or white that other manufacturers have opted for. The wheel arches are typically muscular and the 16-inch wheels are finished in a diamond cut and black two tone design. The design of the wheels though could have certainly been nicer and more modern.

Around the rear Nexon has a very distinct rake, which makes it appear to be taller than it is. The satin white styling continues around the back too with what Tata calls the X-factor design element. Just as with the front face, there is no ungainly chrome here either but instead a bold gloss black accent piece. The rear tail lamps are set high and get a distinct LED lighting pattern for the parking lights but the brake lights, indicators and reverse light still uses traditional bulbs. The rear bumper has a very cool 3D pattern that replicates the front grille and in general, has a great sense of robustness to it.

Tata Nexon Cabin

On the Inside, is where Tata has really stepped up their game. The dash gets a mix of brushed metal, soft-rubberised plastics and piano-black shiny fibre. The centre console is basically, European on a budget, all the design cues are exactly the same. Buttons and knobs to control the air conditioning lights are mounted below the 6.5-inch touch screen infotainment system. The tambour sliding door above the central storage unit and an armrest with storage all reminisce of swankier European cars. Now while most of the plastics feel expensive and have just the right amount of damping that you would need. The finish could use some work there were a few rough edges where some bits met others. In terms of kit, however, Tata has not missed a beat.

The 6.5-inch infotainment system mounted on the central console has Tata’s ConnectNext engine as standard but also gets Android Auto and Apple Car play. You get automatic climate control and 8 Harman speakers designed and placed by specialists to maximise acoustic appeal. The sound quality is great and the bass, if turned all the way up, is very pronounced and gets the right amount of vibrations without it getting particularly jarring. The Nexon also get a cooled, illuminated and expandable glove box that is surprisingly spacious. And plenty of cubbies all around, including door frame holders that can drain out fluids, without them entering the cabin.

The Nexon is set to seat five passengers, which in marketing terms, means seats four comfortably. That, however, it does in style. The dual tone front seats have all the right curves and arches to give you the right kind of support. Having driven the Nexon for over 300kms in one day and nothing to report in terms of body aches, it’s safe to say the seats are comfortable. Now you’d think the coupe style roofline will heavily compromise the second row of seats but it doesn’t. Even me at 6’1″ sat comfortably in the backseat with the front passenger pushing his seat all the way back there were still a few inches to spare between my knees and the front seat with impressive headroom as well.

The rear seats also get a centrally mounted arm-rest with cup-holders and a/c vents with individual controls, aside of course from the plethora of cubbies that you get on the front seats as well. Now the boot may not be lavish in terms of space but it gets a contemporary 350 litres of space, which is okay for a weekend getaway. Although the rear seats can be completely folded to bring that number up to 450 litres.The Nexon also gets Jaguar F-pace style wristband key which, can be used in place of the key to start and the lock the car . That in our opinion is a very thoughtful feature for those who don’t want the pressure of lugging around a key. Tata have not said whether it will come as standard or will be available as an optional accesory though.

Tata Nexon Performance

The Nexon isn’t just a brand new body and a brand new interior. The equally big news are the brand new engines. So lets start with the popular diesel. The Tata Nexon diesel is a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged unit that makes a respectable 108 bhp and an even more respectable 260 Nm of peak torque! And all the power on paper translates well to power on the tarmac. The engine pulls well in almost all gears and there is very minimal turbo lag. The 260 Nm of torque is very apparent and even in fourth gear at just 1500 rpm, you have enough poke to get moving rapidly. The diesel engine is also much more refined in terms of noise levels but there is that tad bit of vibration that does filter through, especially in full throttle conditions. But, overall, a big leap ahead in terms of refinement.To know more details on Tata Nexon visit Cssn

Its not just the diesel engine that is new, but also the petrol. Essentially, the Nexon gets the same 3-cylinder 1.2-litre engine that you get in the Tigor and the Tiago but with an added turbocharger. Power is boosted from 84 to 108 bhp while torque is up from 114 to 170 Nm. And boy does it get a move on! Get it in the power range and let the turbo spool up and the Nexon rapidly gets to triple digit speeds (and higher) without breaking a sweat. That said, the turbo does get along its share of turbo lag and under 1500 rpm there is just no usable power which might be a bit of a problem while driving in an urban environment.

The gearboxes for both cars are also brand new. Tata has dropped the older 5-speeds and opted for a new 6-speed instead and it is considerably better than the older one. Shift action is crisp and the slight vagueness of the older gearboxes have almost vanished. The clutch is light too but what the Nexon really needs is an AMT or conventional automatic gearbox. Although not available immediately, we expect Tata to bring in an auto option maybe sometime next year.

You also get three driving modes on the Nexon that can be changed using a rotary knob controller. One can choose between City, Eco and Sport – all of which drastically change throttle response. Although we personally prefer the Sport mode as it offers the full torque and power figure, we found city mode to be the most balanced overall with good smooth throttle response as well as slightly better fuel economy.

Tata Nexon Riding

The performance of Tata Nexon petrol is a bit sluggish for the highways, but it performs decently on the narrow and thick city roads. The power delivery is linear and the gearshits are smooth. As for the diesel, it is way better than its petrol counterpart as it performs pretty good with super power and torque delivery. The refined NVH levels further accentuate the driving pleasure.

Tata Nexon Safety

Tata Nexon comes packed with a plethora of safety features such as dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Immobilizer and Seatbelt with pretensioners and load limiters as standard. The high-end variants also boast of Park Assist with Camera, Front fog lamps with cornering assistance, rear fog lamps and speed dependent auto door locks features.

Tata Nexon Price in Hyderabad

Tata Nexon On Road Price is 7,63,798/- and Ex-showroom Price is 6,48,093/- in Hyderabad. Tata Nexon comes in 5 colours, namely Vermont Red,Moroccan Blue,Glasgow Grey,Calgary White,Seattle Silver. Tata Nexon comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 108 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 170 Nm@1750-4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Nexon comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Tata Nexon Final Word

The Nexon is probably the best Tata car that I have ever driven. It’s well thought out, it’s got the looks and it has the performance. Now if Tata continues their strategy of undercutting the competition we could expect the top end diesel variant to be just shy of 10 lakh. Now it is a hard choice between the Brezza and the Tata, but this one of those instances where we need to give Tata the benefit of the doubt. They’ve done their homework and the groundwork, The Nexon may, in fact, have what it takes to take on the king of the hill. The Nexon is quite unique even it’s shape, as compared to the square lines on the Brezza, it stands out in the crowd.

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