Tata Nexon, the upcoming compact SUV from the stables of the Pune based automotive major, is going to be a very important product for the company.
What’s surprising is the fact that Tata is going to take so long (24 months to be precise) to release a product in this highly competitive segment, a segment which made Ford’s fortune shine again like the polestar.
The concept showcased at the Auto Expo was one really good looking product, but what had made us skeptical is that Tata has been known to showcase futuristic concepts in various auto shows but we are yet to see a single one of them in production guise!
Nexon is supposed to change this perspective, if we go by these interview excerpts from Pratap Bose, Principal Designer at Tata given to ET Auto. Pratap says that Nexon is going to retain most of the design cues of the concept. Unlike most cars in this segment, the Nexon will have a curvy, coupe like rear end (remember the upcoming GLA?), to make it one of the best looking cars in the segment.
He says that unlike the boxy SUVs that we have, Nexon will be what “a fashionable woman in Delhi or Bangalore would like to drive!” He also says that most of the compact SUVs out there are derived from their bigger counterparts (was he hinting at Quanto?) but Nexon will not be made that way.
Nexon will use a better version of the newly developed 1.2L Revotron petrol engine which will first be plonked on the Zest and the Bolt. According to the official specs, the Nexon Concept produced 110PS of power and 170Nm of torque, pushing it to go flat out at 180kmph. All of this with an amazing fuel efficiency of 17.6kmpl.
A lot of hopes and expectations from Tata, but will they be able to deliver?