Auto Expo Round-up: Tata Nexon Design Review

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The Tata Nexon is arguably one of the boldest designs we’ve ever seen from the design studios at Tata Motors. Heavily inspired from the Nexon Concept from 2014, the production ready Nexon’s appearance makes a contemporary statement. Here’s a brief design review of Tata’s latest compact SUV, due for a launch this year itself.

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A larger version of Tata’s trademark “hexagonal grille” finished in gloss black animates the Nexon’s front end. The grille is framed by a gloss black strip from above, while below, a fine streak of chrome runs all the way to the base of the headlamps. A well sculpted bumper with prominent fog lamp housings  and a big air dam looks fitting.

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The high-set, fashionable headlamps flare up with projector illumination, while thin, U-shaped DRL strips give the Nexon’s front its LED signature. Elements inside the headlamps are treated with gloss black, making it visually merge with the grille.

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Contrast coloured strips around the fog lamp housings looks good, but we’d rather have them in body colour.

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The sides are contoured with a pinched shoulder line that mildly rises upwards, while the exaggerated wheel arch flares make the Nexon look compact yet chunky in profile. A class leading 200 mm of ground clearance also aids in achieving a confident stance.

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The Nexon’s side mirrors with integrated turn signals are from the Bolt/Zest/Zica parts bin.

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The Nexon sits sits on chrome trimmed, 16-inch, five spoke alloy wheels wrapped around 215/60 Apollo Alnac 4G rubber.

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A healthy strip finished in contrast colouring  marks the tick marks the tick mark shaped window line, while subtle cladding on the wheel arches add a dash of ruggedness to the design.

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The “floating” roof with its integrated, blade like C-pillars deserve a special mention, because its arguably the most distinctive design identity of the Nexon. Of course, there’s contrast colouring here as well, and even the A-pillars are taken care of.

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The sloping roofline and rising shoulder line means that the Nexon gets a rather compact rear window. Sharp and compact tail lamps are bridged by a visual continuation of the strip that marks the window line, again finished in contrast colour.

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The large rear bumper hosts a sizeable plastic trim that has freckles, along with the registration plate. All in all, The Tata Nexon is promising to be the funkiest compact SUV money can buy.

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The interiors benefit from a low slung dashboard featuring dull silver inserts. It also follows a dual tone theme with off white and black/grey colouration; quite like the Zica’s interior colours. A Land Rover style high-set transmission tunnel hosts the Terrain Response knob which sets up certain vehicle parameters to counter a variety of terrains – a feature found of Land Rovers and now, even on the Tata Hexa. A large, free standing display will be one of the interfaces for the HARMAN infotainment system.

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Upon launch, the Tata Nexon will be powered by a turbocharged, 1.5-liter diesel engine, good for 110 PS and 260 Nm of torque. Further details about the power plant are scarce, but assisting it could be a F-Tronic automated manual transmission (AMT), apart from the standard 5-speed manual box.

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