The Tata Nexon premium compact SUV has been spied again, still heavily camouflaged, by Motoroids reader Chirantan Naik. For the uninitiated, the Nexon will be based on a heavily reworked version of the Vista platform, while its design will draw direct inspiration from the Nexon Concept that was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo.
The sub-4 meter SUV’s appearance will be governed by Tata Motor’s new Impact design philosophy. Styling tricks carried over from the Nexon Concept will include the floating roof , replete with the blade like C-pillars, along with the rising, V-shaped waist line. Thick chrome beading running along the base of the windows and the smiley front fascia with the “hexagon grille” are also reported to be on the offing.
The interior of the new car will be all-new, and will draw inspiration from its much more premium Land Rover cousins. Highlights will include a high-positioned transmission tunnel with a stubby gear lever, and a new generation HARMAN infotainment with a free standing touchscreen interface on the dashboard.
Power for the Nexon is expected to come from a turbocharged version of the 1.2 liter, three-cylinder, all-aluminum Revotron petrol engine from the Zica, with close to 120 bhp on tap. Alongside, the 1.3 liter Multijet diesel engine without the VGT, good for around 75 bhp, could be offered. There will be an F-Tronic AMT for the diesel on offer, in a more refined state of tune.
The Tata Nexon, due to be showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 in February, will take the fight to the Ecosport and TUV300. Expect the prices to start from as low as sub-6 lakh levels with the top end variant nudging Rs 9-10 lakh mark.