Tata Nexon Facelift Review & First Drive

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Tata Nexon Overview

2020 Tata Nexon facelift has been spotted testing in India. Although heavily camouflaged, based on the exposed areas, the updated Tata Nexon appears to have gone through a considerable makeover with new, sharper styling cues, and a revised front section. The facelifted Tata Nexon subcompact SUV is expected to be introduced sometime next year, possibly after the launch of the fully-electric Nexon EV, which is slated to be launched in early 2020.

Visually, the facelifted Tata Nexon appears to have been inspired by the Harrier, especially the front styling, based on the sleeker grille, however, here the headlamps are positioned in their conventional spot and get new sharper LED daytime running lights. That said, the bigger change here is the new front bumper which now gets a new airdam with mesh grille, and a set of new foglamps in new black housing and C-shaped design elements.

The profile of the test mule is quite similar to the existing Tata Nexon, featuring the same 5-spoke alloy wheels and sloping roofline. Similarly, the rear section of the car also remains identical to the pre-facelift Nexon featuring the same taillamps, albeit with a revised cluster, and possibly a new rear bumper as well. We do not get to see the cabin in these images, however, the car is likely to come with a new interior with several new and updated features.

Powertrain wise the 2020 Tata Nexon Facelift will come with a BS6 compliant petrol engine. It’s likely to be based on the existing 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged motor, which currently makes 108 bhp and 170 Nm of peak torque, and the power figures are also expected to remain similar.Check for Tata Nexon price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Tata Nexon Look

Striking! Especially in these bright shades or red or blue – that is the first thing that comes to mind when you first set your eyes on the new Nexon. There are still hints (strong and subtle) of Tata Motors design language that carries over from other cars like the Tiago and the Bolt. The headlights for example still swoop in a very distinctively Tata way and they come with LED daytime running lights and projectors. The grille, painted in gloss black, harks back to the likes of the Safari Storme with its bold and in-your-face design. Thankfully, Tata has done the smart thing and not given the Nexon a lot of that tacky chrome apart from a slim accent piece underneath the grille. Instead, what you do get, especially on the XZ+ variant, are satin while plastic inserts that are tactfully placed around the car.

The side profile is what will really set the Nexon apart – in an almost signature way. The satin white inserts continue to form a very strong shoulder line and the roofline swoops down in almost a coupe SUV type of way! Tata has also uniquely given the roof a dark metallic grey colour option instead of just the standard black or white that other manufacturers have opted for. The wheel arches are typically muscular and the 16-inch wheels are finished in a diamond cut and black two tone design. The design of the wheels though could have certainly been nicer and more modern.

Around the rear Nexon has a very distinct rake, which makes it appear to be taller than it is. The satin white styling continues around the back too with what Tata calls the X-factor design element. Just as with the front face, there is no ungainly chrome here either but instead a bold gloss black accent piece. The rear tail lamps are set high and get a distinct LED lighting pattern for the parking lights but the brake lights, indicators and reverse light still uses traditional bulbs. The rear bumper has a very cool 3D pattern that replicates the front grille and in general, has a great sense of robustness to it.

Tata Nexon Comfort

Move to the interior and the new look with the bold dashboard and the freestanding front screen is refreshing. The 6.5-inch screen itself is high definition and very crisp with a brand new user interface. The infotainment unit also gets android auto and apple car play, something that is expected of a car in this price range. You also get the brilliant 8 speakers Harman audio setup, which deserves a special mention. The dashboard itself is two-tone with a black upper half and beige lower half with a large central plastic slab in the middle. This slab is painted in an almost liquid metal shade that also carries on to the steering wheel and the door panels tying up the design well. The central console that surrounds the audio and the climate control knobs are all finished in gloss black.To know more details on Tata Nexon  check Pdagreen

The instrument gauge is crisp and easy to read and so are the buttons. Ergonomically too, with the new central hand rest, the Nexon is a comfortable place to be in. You also get a lot of storage space in the central console, which has a retractable slide type cover for the storage space, but there are no cupholders! Shocking! There is however a small storage slot for wet umbrellas inside the door panels with a water channel to drain out any water that might seep into the doors. The door cards also have adequate storage for a large bottle of water. The glovebox is cooled and also gets a tray to store your iPad on. The tray is removable and can also double up as a small table to eat food on – but we wouldn’t recommend eating inside the car anyways.

The Nexon comes with height adjustment for both the steering wheel and the driver’s seat and the front seats in general are really well bolstered too. Sadly though, there is no leather interior option, even on the top of the line variant. The rear bench seat is also slightly sculpted out and almost feels like two built in bucket seats. You get a pair of individually adjustable rear AC vents and a flip down central console too along with a get a high mounted 12-volt charging port to add to the convenience in the rear seat. Getting in and out of the rear though is slightly trickier because of the sloping roofline but surprisingly; there is still a considerable amount of headroom and legroom.

Tata Nexon Gearbox

The Nexon isn’t just a brand new body and a brand new interior. The equally big news are the brand new engines. So lets start with the popular diesel. The Tata Nexon diesel is a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged unit that makes a respectable 108 bhp and an even more respectable 260 Nm of peak torque! And all the power on paper translates well to power on the tarmac. The engine pulls well in almost all gears and there is very minimal turbo lag. The 260 Nm of torque is very apparent and even in fourth gear at just 1500 rpm, you have enough poke to get moving rapidly. The diesel engine is also much more refined in terms of noise levels but there is that tad bit of vibration that does filter through, especially in full throttle conditions.

But, overall, a big leap ahead in terms of refinement. Its not just the diesel engine that is new, but also the petrol. Essentially, the Nexon gets the same 3-cylinder 1.2-litre engine that you get in the Tigor and the Tiago but with an added turbocharger. Power is boosted from 84 to 108 bhp while torque is up from 114 to 170 Nm. And boy does it get a move on! Get it in the power range and let the turbo spool up and the Nexon rapidly gets to triple digit speeds (and higher) without breaking a sweat. That said, the turbo does get along its share of turbo lag and under 1500 rpm there is just no usable power which might be a bit of a problem while driving in an urban environment.

The gearboxes for both cars are also brand new. Tata has dropped the older 5-speeds and opted for a new 6-speed instead and it is considerably better than the older one. Shift action is crisp and the slight vagueness of the older gearboxes have almost vanished. The clutch is light too but what the Nexon really needs is an AMT or conventional automatic gearbox. Although not available immediately, we expect Tata to bring in an auto option maybe sometime next year.

Tata Nexon Riding

The performance of Tata Nexon petrol is a bit sluggish for the highways, but it performs decently on the narrow and thick city roads. The power delivery is linear and the gearshits are smooth. As for the diesel, it is way better than its petrol counterpart as it performs pretty good with super power and torque delivery. The refined NVH levels further accentuate the driving pleasure.

Tata Nexon 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 Price in Hyderabad

Tata Nexon On Road Price is 7,63,798/- and Ex-showroom Price is 6,48,093/- in Hyderabad. Tata Nexon comes in 5 colours, namely Vermont Red,Moroccan Blue,Glasgow Grey,Calgary White,Seattle Silver. Tata Nexon comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 108 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 170 Nm@1750-4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Nexon comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Tata Nexon Bottomline

The Nexon subcompact SUV is a make it or break it product for Tata Motors. Going up against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza that sells well over 10,000 units a month and the Ford Ecosport, both blockbusters in their own right is not an easy task. That said, Tata Motors has certainly gone above and beyond to make sure it leaves an impression the first time you see it, the first time you get in it and the first time you drive it. Yes, there are still a few rough edges in terms of the quality on the interior trim, but overall, the Nexon might be the new gold standard for this extremely popular subcompact segment.

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!