Tata Motors have played an aficionado with their back-to-back launches in various segments that have indeed proved to be a hat-trick of success. After the Tiago (Hatchback) launch in Goa, Tata Hexa(SUV) in Hyderabad and Tata Tigor (Styleback/Compact Sedan) in Delhi, The Style Symphony was cordially invited by Tata Motors for their upcoming Compact SUV, Tata Nexon’s launch with traditional ethos in none other than God’s own Country. With each new launch, Tata is coming closer to getting it right and Nexon aka, ‘Next-On’ says it all….
Being part of the media drives by Tata Motors has always been sheer extravaganza, not just for we get to hands-on their top-of-the-line automobiles during the launches, but also to explore the beautiful cities and interact with, lean from like-minded people in the fraternity. One such was the unveiling of Tata Nexon during 28-29th July with a series of fun-filled events right from the product briefing, food, music and cocktails to a long roller-coaster drive experiencing the resplendent aura of the panoramic Cochin.
Beauty on the roads… From music to style, Tata has incorporated everything in this Compact SUV. With those plush interiors, revamped exteriors and performance par excellence, Tata Nexon is the perfect amalgam of flamboyance and functionality simultaneously endowed in a mini-SUV. Our team encountered an early morning flag off from JW Marriott Hotel (near Lulu Mall) towards the picturesque Greenburg Resorts with an approximately 90 KMs of one-way drive. While expediting through the transfiguring Hills of Idukki, Kerala, here’s a peek-a-boo into The Style Symphony’s opening impressions of the car while taking the wide array of road experiences into account.
Tata Nexon’s first impressions are aptly sufficed by the adjective ‘Radical’, thereby bearing a muscular posture coupled with a sloping roofline and some really innovative styling elements. The front end of the car comprises of a stretched grille topped with intricate projector headlamps. Another much appealing styling component is a horizontal strip dividing the headlamp housing, with the turn indicators above the same. Tata’s Impact design language does make the Nexon a head-turner.
The body paint of Nexon makes a strike contrast with the roof. You would also find a unique ceramic finish for the highlights around the fog lamps, the window line and the LED tail-lights. While at the rear, the Nexon takes a diamond-shaped tail light structure mingled by a white strip, a high rear bumper and a small, rear windscreen. With loads of cuts and creases, the all new Tata Nexon withholds quite a bold and attractive design.
The dash is equipped with a 6.5-inch HD touchscreen system while the rest follows a simple, straightforward layout with inheritance from the other Tata brethrens. The car has a seamless built-in Android Auto interface and Apple CarPlay is to be released soon. The Nexon is furnished with some fabulous features like climate control, rear air-con vents and voice commands for the eight-speaker Harman infotainment system on top-spec models. The cabin console attributes to an easily accessible storage space with a sliding tambour door mechanism near the transmission. A feature that makes the car strongly standout is the drive mode controller, which to your utter surprise, wouldn’t be a small button, but a chunky knob to choose between the three drive modes – Eco, City and Sport.
Some additional features that add to your comfort zone are the cup holders in the rear seat armrest, hooks for coats, as well as umbrella holders in the door. Getting in and out of the Nexon is a convenient affair, thanks to the bolstered seats. The high stance and high-set seats are well-cushioned and pretty comfortable.
Tata Nexon Specifications
The Tata Nexon is attributed to 2 engine variants from the Revotorq series.
1.2-litre, Turbocharged Petrol Engine
Max Power-108bhp @5,000rpm
Max Torque – 170Nm @2,000-4,000rpm
Transmission – 6-speed Manual
1.5-litre Diesel Engine
Max Power – 108bhp @3,750rpm
Max Torque – 260Nm @1,500-2,750rpm
Transmission – 6-speed Manual
- 5L Diesel 110hp.
- 2L Petrol turbo 110hp.
- 6 Speed gear box.
- Dual airbags, ABD with EBD, ISOFIX seat mounts and CSC across all variants.
- Push button Start/Stop.
- Wearable smart-key device to lock/unlock the car,
- 5 inch touch screen infotainment system from Harman
- 8 speaker audio from Harman (4 speakers + 4 tweeters)
- ECO, CITY & SPORT drive mode selector,
- DRLs, LED Tail lights, Projector head lights, etc
Areas that could be ameliorated for Nexon!
- The shape of the rear seat with a coupé-like roofline makes it a bit difficult to accommodate a fifth passenger. However, the headroom is quite decent, along with good legroom that fits the bill.
- For people on-the-move all-the-way on-the-go, the key-hole wrist-band is undoubtedly a great feature, provided the pins could fit into the holes of the band properly considering the dainty wrists of the female drivers in mind.
- The USB and AUX slots are much awkwardly inset behind the gear level and changing a cable that connects to one’s phone can be a tedious affair.
TSS Final Verdict:
Tata Motors has certainly left no stones unturned when it comes to creating that top-notch impact when you first see it, get in it or drive it. Except for those few rough edges in terms of the interior trim quality, the Nexon is likely to set a whole new standard for this extremely popular subcompact segment.
Peek-a-boo with all the details on the official website here: https://nexon.tatamotors.com/
*PC: Atul Sharma, Indiblogger, Tata Motors & TSS