Tata Nexon Facelift First Drive & Gearbox

Tata Nexon Overview

Tata Motors hit a sweet spot with its radical-looking Nexon and now the company plans to make its first compact SUV even sweeter by offering the convenience of an automatic transmission. Unlike the segment leader, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which has no automatic option at all, or the Ford EcoSport, which has an auto option only for the petrol variant, the Nexon is the first model in the compact SUV segment to offer an automatic for both petrol and diesel options in a bid to attract a wider set of customers. But unlike the EcoSport, which switched from a sophisticated twin-clutch auto to the more mainstream torque converter with the facelift, the Nexon gets the more basic automated manual transmission (AMT) that piggybacks on the six-speed manual gearbox (for the petrol and diesel).

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Adding a bit of visual appeal is a new colour combo. The Etna Orange body colour with a Sonic Silver roof makes the Nexon stand out from the crowd but is available only in the top-end XZA+ variant. There are no changes on the inside, and the cabin continues to offer a premium ambience. Test drive for Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon Design & Look

The Tata Nexon is based on the new IMPACT design philosphy of Tata, the one which also underlines the Tiago and Tigor. The Tata Nexon has all all new design which is different from anything you have seen on the road. The essence of this design comes from an amalgamation of an SUV and a sports coupe. This gives you a radical looking vehicle, which in my opinion is a highly attractive one, more so because of its styling too.

Front

The front portion sees a huge wide grille that extends front end to end. it has a chrome ‘Humanity line’ on it which stands out. The grille also encompasses the headlamps which are projectors and also have LED daytime running lights in them. The bumper is large and so are the fog lamp bezels. The hood has flared portions which make it look muscular.

Side

The side is quite funky and has a unique element in it. This is a mix of three different colours. The roof and pillars are in Grey colour, the belt line in white and then there is the body colour. Then you get 16-inch alloy wheels which are standard on the Tata Nexon. The wheel arches are flared and the SUV gets all round body cladding.

Rear

The rear is also unlike any other vehicle. it has a prominent broad white strip running across the boot lid. The taillamps are small but look attractive. The roof slopes downwards into the rear and there is an intergrated spoiler at the end too. The rear bumper is set pretty high.

Tata Nexon Cabin & Comfort

Dashboard

Unlike the funky exteriors, the interiors is a different story. It is more subtle and feels sophisticated. The colour theme is a combination of black and grey. The dashboard has an uncluttered look and is clean and neat. The steering wheel is the same as seen on other Tata cars, it gets tilt adjustment and has controls for bluetooth and audio. The instrument cluster is the same found on the Tiago and Tigor.

Infotainment

The highlight is however the 6.5-inch touchscreen which is a floating top one. The good part is that falls in line with your vision and is at the same level as the instrument cluster. This is an HD screen and has very good clarity and sharpness, clearly increasing the premium quotient of the Tata Nexon. This screen bears an infotainment system consisting of a eight-speaker Harman audio system. It also has bluetooth, reverse parking camera and also Android Auto. Apple Car Play is in the works and will be introduced soon.

Storage

The Nexon has some decent storage space. The front doors can take 1 litre water bottles.There is also an umbrella holder but frankly it is of little use as it can barely take a small umbrella in. The glovebox is very spacious and comes with a removable separator, It is also a cooled one, hence can keep beverages cool. The floor console has a storage area with a sliding shutter, reminiscent of some premium cars. The armrest also opens and is connected to the storage area.The boot is a 350 litre one and though not big, can manage your regular weekend luggage. The storage capacity increases to 690 liters after the rear seats are folded. The rear seats have a 60:40 folding option as well.

Seats

The front seats of the Nexon are fairly comfortable and come with good bolstering. However the seat fabric could have been better. We also found the stitching to be inconsistent in terms of finish. The rear seats are very comfortable and they better thigh support as well. There is an armrest also present at the back and it has cup holders too plus the headrests are adjustable.Another class-first feature in the Nexon is a rear AC vent. The vent also has blower control options and is a very useful feature to have. Check for Tata Nexon in cibsleh.in

Space

The Tata Nexon is quite a spacious vehicle overall. While we will not call the space at the rear excellent, the rear legroom is sufficient and it has good knee room as well. Despite the sloping roof, this vehicle has generous head room, which deserves a thums up.

Tata Nexon Engine & Performance

The Nexon AMT variant gets the same Multi-Drive modes (Eco, City and Sport) from the manual variant and also a creep function, which is a boon in bumper-to-bumper traffic. We drove the diesel-AMT first, and the four-cylinder engine with 110hp and 260Nm of torque complements the six-speed AMT unit quite well. The diesel-AMT is smooth right from the moment you take off from standstill, and the consequent shifts are no different. With low to medium throttle inputs, the AMT behaves very similar to a conventional torque converter gearbox. The car stays in the power band and there is always enough power available on tap. On hard acceleration, the typical ‘head nod’ or pause between shifts is present, but not to uncomfortable levels. The AMT unit is quick to drop down a gear (even two if needed) when you suddenly floor the accelerator and even shifts up when you ease on the throttle for a smoother transition.

Engage the Eco mode and you will see the shifts happening earlier and the transition between gears becoming much smoother as compared to the City mode. The Sport mode is definitely the one which most drivers will prefer when in a hurry as the gearbox holds on to a gear much longer than in other modes. Move the gear lever to the left, to manual mode, and you can take control of the shifts but this doesn’t make gear shifting any quicker. There’s a slight delay in upshifts as well as downshifts when in manual mode and we found it best to leave the mode in Sport for spirited driving.

The three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine develops the same 110hp and 170Nm of torque, but the implementation of the AMT is not as good as in the diesel. The on-off throttle transition is a bit jerky and power delivery isn’t very linear, though some of the flat spots have been ironed out. On part throttle, or when driving with a gentle foot, the gear shifts on the petrol-AMT are quite smooth, which makes it a nice city car. The difference in between the petrol-AMT and the diesel-AMT is quite drastic and you need to be more careful with the throttle input. The progressive shifts are well concealed with part-throttle input, which makes it quite nice to move around in the city. In overall terms, the shifts in the diesel-AMT are smoother and more progressive than in the petrol-AMT, which hesitates when asked to shift quickly.

Differences in between the three drive modes is quite substantial for both petrol and diesel variants, and they suit the different conditions they were designed for. As a result, we were switching between Eco, City and Sport modes constantly. Hill-hold assist is a welcome feature on the AMT variants and it eliminates the use of handbrake on inclines.

Tata Nexon Driving Dynamics

Ride quality has been strength of all Tata vehicles and the Nexon follows the same legacy. The ride quality is very superior. It gets a dual path suspension system which is good when driving at slow speeds. It filters out most undulations and potholes on the road and at the same time provides good high speed stability without much roll.In terms of handling, the Tata Nexon is quite stable and offers good grip on the road. The steering feedback is similar to other Tata vehicles. The steering is light at parking speeds and gets stiffer as speeds rise. However, we found the steering of the petrol version to be a little vague as far as transition of the steering from low speeds to high speeds is concerned. The diesel version had decent steering feedback

Tata Nexon Braking & 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 Pune

Tata Nexon On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 6,63,468 to 10,87,546 for variants Nexon Revotron XE and Nexon Revotorq XZ Plus Dual Tone respectively. Tata Nexon is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Tata Nexon variants price in Pune. Check for Nexon price in Pune at Carzprice.

Tata Nexon Final Word

With a starting price of Rs. 5.85 Lakhs & Rs. 6.85 Lakhs in petrol and diesel, respectively, the Nexon is the most affordable offering in the sub 4-meter SUV segment. It undercuts the rivals like Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport by a huge margin, while offering a lot more bells and whistles than both combined. It is an out and out winner, and both the foes would feel that tremble soon!

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