Homegrown manufacturer, Tata Motos, is completely revamping it’s design language with it’s new products. Under their IMPACT design style are already 2 brands, the Tigor and the Hexa. Now they plan to add a compact SUV by the name of Nexon.
To capture the first impressions and media ride of the car we were invited to the beautiful capital of Kerala, Kochi in the heart of the monsoons.
The Nexon really does show how Tata Motors has evolved as a brand overtime and is now a player in the current automotive scene. Being completely designed and built in-house by the Tata Motors team, the Nexon is a revolutionary product for the globally known Indian name.
The most stand out features of the car at first glance have to be the large honeycomb grille, the angular DRLS and the white ceramic finish shoulder line that runs across the body of the car and forms an “X” on the rear.
On the inside the Nexon is one of Tata’s best designed cars. The floating touchscreen infotainment system is definitely a first for the brand and considering it comes with Android Auto with voice controls and a reverse parking camera, it’s a great step up to their previous products.
As we got the car to ourselves for a few days for the shoot, we did get to drive it as well. Drivability wise, the Nexon is honestly quiet good. It comes with two drivetrain options, a petrol 1.2L 3 cylinder Revotron engine and a turbodiesel 1.5L Revotorq variant. For the diesel the guys at Tata Motors have been able to reduce noise and vibrations, keeping the cabin pretty silent. The torque curve is pretty flat and there is a lot of low end pulling power. As for the petrol, I felt that it could have done with a better low end power curve. A part of me feels the petrol and diesel engines sound alike, this means that there are higher vibrations on the petrol engine. Both the cars come with a six speed manual transmission which will allow for better mileage from the new engines. The ride is supple and with the high ground clearance it makes it great to tackle the rough Indian roads. Nonetheless in and around Kochi and Idukki it did great.
Overall it’s definitely a great product from Tata Motors and hopefully it does well for the brand.