November 5, 2019

Tata Nexon Hatchback First Look Review

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Tata Nexon Overview

After taking a marathon test of Indian buyers, Tata Nexon has finally made its way in the country. First things first, the Nexon marks Tata’s entry into the highly lucrative sub 4-meter SUV segment, and it is the fourth product after Tiago, Hexa and Tigor to be based on the company’s IMPACT design philosophy. Tata Nexon had its world premiere in concept form at the 2014 Auto Expo, while the production version saw the daylight a couple of years later at the 2016 Auto Expo. It is being presented in both petrol and diesel fuel trims in five grades: XE, XM, XT, XZ+ and XZ+ Dual Tone.

The sub-compact SUV debuts several new comfort features in the Indian market, while paramount importance has been given to the safety of the occupants as well. Tata Nexon gets 1.2L Revotron petrol and 1.5L Revotorq diesel engines with 108bhp power, making it the most powerful in the segment. For the time being, it is offered with a manual transmission only, while the AMT gearbox is scheduled for a later stage.Check for Tata Nexon price in Hyderabad.

Tata Nexon Style

The Nexon could well be the concept car that was showcased in 2014. As you can see only the show-car bits like the LED headlamps and cameras that were used instead of ORVMs have been replaced. So that means the Nexon carries on with the swoopy crossover stance.The face wears a look we have seen on newer Tatas, although the large flared headlamps add a new twist. Inside it are LED DRLs and projector lamps but there are no LED headlamps here. The Nexon, like its competitors, is just under four metres long, but at 1811mm the Nexon is the widest. Its 2498mm wheelbase is almost as much as the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, but smaller than the Fords EcoSport. Still, it looks like a well-balanced design.

The Nexon’s best angle has to be the profile; it looks sleek and sporty, but tough. The way the grey colour roof swoops down like a coupe, contrasts with the rugged plastic rub-strips. The white sash that runs along the window line is a signature element, but the finish isn’t slick enough. At 1607mm, the Nexon won’t stand as tall as its Japanese and American competition, but the 209mm of ground clearance, when unladen, has it standing well clear off the ground. The chunky 215/60 R16 tyres that peek out at all four corners give it a very confident stance.

The really dramatic part of the design has to be the rear. The white sash continues to flow in here and wraps around the diced tail lamps that pack smooth LED lamps. The finish of the white band is much better here as it is made out of metal, whereas it is in a special plastic design at the side. The bumper looks chunky and is actually integrated into the tail gate! Don’t worry though, as the bumps and scrapes will be tackled by the tough grey plastic section that juts out a bit from underneath.

Overall, the Nexon is a sporty looking machine that might not win SUV lovers who want a traditional and square design. But it is clear that Impact design language is infusing a distinct flavour into Tata products. For instance, the Nexon has a few wild secrets too. As a tribute to the Indian sub-continent, there is a lioness and a cub on the rear windscreen, and as if to make a point, there’s a tiger in the large glove box too!

Tata Nexon Space

Apparently, they do. Especially if you start from the second row. When you step inside, the first thing you wonder about is if this really is a sub-4m SUV. Seating six-footers? No problem! The coupe like roofline shouldn’t foul with turbans either. Surprising? Very! There’s plenty of room for long shanks too. Three-abreast? Sure, sort of. It is wide enough to accommodate three, but the middle occupant will have to deal with a shorter seat base and a protruding backrest. For two, the smartly scooped out backseat is going to feel like a treat. We’re nitpicking, but the cushioning could’ve been firmer and set a bit higher for better under-thigh support. Passengers at the rear are treated to dedicated air-vents with a two-stage blower, though. This takes some time to get things cooled as this unit picks up the air from the side of the floor mounted unit and shoots it out towards you.

In terms of design, the steering wheel and instrument cluster are familiar, but the restrained dash design, the colours and the infotainment screen propped up on the dash make the Nexon look like a European luxury car!The highlight of the infotainment system has to be the sheer genius of mounting physical control buttons that are mounted under the aircon vents at the centre. These shortcut keys and dials fall easily to hand and allow you to navigate through the menu easily, reducing the need to take your eyes off the road. The interface also prefers it if you use these buttons, responding in a properly snappy manner; poke a finger at the screen and the response is just a bit reluctant.

In terms of resolution and brightness alone, the new 6.5 inch colour display is a big upgrade over units seen in Tatas before. It looks crisp and is legible even in bright sunlight. The introduction of plug-and-play connectivity with smartphones via Android Auto is very welcome, while Apple CarPlay will be integrated by the time of launch. The Nexon’s reversing camera’s resolution isn’t all that crisp, however, you do get bending guidelines to make reversing easier. On the Nexon, the 8-speaker Harman sound system uses four amps to charge up a pair of speakers! And the sound is rich!

The cabin of the Nexon strikes you to be more impressive than its rivals too. Fabric for door pads, the glossy silver panel on the dash and the textured plastic for the dash top look good and feel solid too. The plush switches for the power windows and well-damped stalks for wipers and indicators add to the experience. But, as you look closely, the way it comes together doesn’t inspire too much faith. Improper shut lines, scratchy panels and the loose console for the power window adjustment on the cars were disappointing.There are some ergonomic gaffes as well. For instance, to get to the USB port will require dainty hands. Under a cool rolling shutter, officially known as the Tambour sliding door, are two shallow cup holders, which will be impossible to use because the opening is narrow and the bin is deep.For more info on Tata Nexon  visit Wwrdheritage

Thankfully, the front doors get full-size bottle holders and the party trick here is an umbrella holder. The umbrella, though, needs to be a short one and requires force to be wedged in. The Nexon gets a flip-up tailgate, which gives you easy access to the 350-litre boot which is not class leading. But the second row splits and folds flat to give you lots of flexibility to carry passengers and luggage.We expect the Nexon to be made available in four variants for both engine options. Crucially, ABS, dual airbags, cornering brake control and brake assist will be available as standard across the range.

Tata Nexon Gearbox

The same four cylinder 1.5-litre diesel and three cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engines that offer 110PS along with 260Nm and 170Nm of torque respectively. These engines are mated to an all-new, six-speed AMT. The Nexon AMT also has three driving modes – City, Eco and Sport – just like the manual, which makes it the first AMT equipped vehicle to feature multiple driving modes. Then there are features like Hill Assist to prevent the car from rolling back on inclines and a creep function that ensures you don’t have to keep nudging the throttle when crawling in bumper to bumper traffic.

Unless you step hard on the gas pedal the Nexon AMT has a slight judder when taking off from standstill, a characteristic trait of most automated manual transmissions on offer currently. Gear changes have a bit of lag as well, again typical of AMT’s. I guess there’s still some time before these niggles get ironed out, considering AMT’s are still a relatively new technology and concept. Look beyond this, and you’ll notice acceleration is crisp given the 110PS output for either version. Both engines feel equally refined but when it comes to throttle response, the petrol shows a slight jerkiness while the diesel feels smooth.

Driving modes do their bit in tailoring the experience, with Sport letting you hold revs before shifting up. That said, every time you switch drive modes, there’s a voice recording of a lady telling you a particular mode has been activated, which gets slightly irritating after a while, because it makes you feel like someone is keeping a watch on your every move. The AMT also lets you change gears manually which feels more engaging as the lag between gear changes is reduced to an extent. The fact that the default drive mode in manual is Sport also helps improve the driving experience. Interestingly, the default mode in Auto is City, and the biggest advantage of the AMT is the convenience it offers in traffic. The AMT does away with the clutch pedal and as you don’t have to change gears yourself, it makes for far more relaxed driving.

The creep function is a definite boon when stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. On the other hand, hill assist is a benefit on inclines. Picture this – you’re on an incline entering a parking lot and have to stop intermittently. A car with a manual transmission would start rolling backwards every time you’re not holding the brake or crawling forward and you could even stall the car. But in the Tata Nexon AMT, the transmission ensures the car doesn’t do that, thereby making it safer for inexperienced drivers.

The AMT also makes highway cruising more comfortable because by eliminating the need to change gears manually, it ensures your left foot is resting and you can keep both hands on the steering wheel. Tata Motors has still to indicate a fuel efficiency number for the Nexon AMT, but we expect it to be similar to the manual, as is the case with most AMT’s. The transmission thus adds to the Nexon’s credentials in various environments, making it user friendly and an easier vehicle to drive.

Tata Nexon Riding

The Nexon’s ride feels a touch stiff at low speeds but it smothers sharp edges and broken roads brilliantly. Up the pace and the ride only gets better, and cruising down the not-so-smooth Marine Drive one night, it actually felt like the BMC had just resurfaced Mumbai’s landmark boulevard. The more I drive it, the more I appreciate the well-judged suspension, which is simply spot on for our road conditions.

So it’s established that the Nexon feels at home on bad roads, but how comfortable is it in the cut and thrust of daily traffic? The 1.5 diesel is certainly up to the task with its decent response and linear power delivery. The Nexon pulls quite cleanly from low revs but it’s in the slow rush-hour crawl that the tallish gearing becomes a bit of a bother. You can’t just leave it in third or second gear and let the 260Nm of torque do the work. Even in Sport mode, you need to drop a gear down to get a move on. That leads me to the gearbox, which, after a week of driving in peak traffic, impressed me with its precise feel. However, I would have preferred a little less effort in operating the long-throw gear lever; it would have made the all-new six-speed manual near perfect.

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 Cost 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 Thought

The Nexon is a remarkable product from Tata; a bold crossover that combines standout form while packaging in immense practicality too, and if it weren’t for the the fit and finish issues, we would recommend it without hesitation. Especially the diesel. No kidding, the Nexon is likely to set segment benchmark on account of its very easy to drive diesel engine, and the big car levels of space in the cabin. On top of that, the Nexon is a neat and tidy handler and comfortable to be chauffeured around in too. The petrol is exciting when driven hard – but for everyday use you’d wish it offered smooth and more fluid performance. And, yes, the design is striking, and this Tata has all the features you need.

The Nexon is expected in Tata showrooms before Diwali and will be priced between Rs 6.5-10 lakh. Automatic versions will arrive in early 2018 and will round off the Nexon range nicely. Now, if Tata could calm our nerves on questions of longevity, the Nexon would be a product that wouldn’t need aggressive pricing, it would sail through on merit alone.

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