IAB Report – Production Tata Nexon crossover will “preserve” design of concept

Posted on: Mar 11, 2014 - 3:07pm IST

Tata Motors debuted the Tata Nexon crossover concept at the 2014 Auto Expo. The concept gives an early preview as to what a Ford EcoSport challenger from Tata would look like. Based on the Vista’s X1 platform, the concept measured under 4 meters in length (a crucial specification in order to get excise benefits).

Tata Nexon Concept profile at Geneva
The Nexon will enter production in 23 months.

The Nexon had its second public outing at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show last week. Indian Autos Blog spoke to Pratap Bose, Tata’s head of design, to understand a bit more about the Nexon, especially since the production version is due in less than 24 months.

Bose describes the Nexon concept as having a “strong” yet “non aggressive” design. “We won’t be aggressive but we will still stand out. We wanted to have a dynamic silhouette in the 4 meter segment and a long cabin with a strong but not aggressive design”, he said.

Tata Nexon Concept front three quarters at Geneva
Nexon is described as having a strong yet non-aggressive design.

While the concept received overwhelming response from the media and public, it remains to be seen if Tata can transform this design into the production car. So will they?

I think we have realized the power of this design, the kind of response this has got. When we reach those points between engineering, cost and design, we will take the decision which protects the impact of the design. Obviously there are legislations and safety, but the company will preserve most of what you see here and we’re taking some decisions to that effect.

The concept Nexon was powered by a three-cylinder 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Outputting 110 PS and 170 Nm of torque, the Nexon used an electric 4WD system.

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6 thoughts on “IAB Report – Production Tata Nexon crossover will “preserve” design of concept

  1. limba lollen says:

    Nexons body panel design seems quite futuristic but headlight design and configuration can be defined better by whom,who have seen it practically. I mean to say that by cautiously front design must be made which defines 50% attraction through that, so sometimes over dose design become fatal for its success.nexons eyebrow like design is someting which could be explained if see it practically.and two years launch period would be too late while other sibling cars R making horrible waiting period. We wish come early make a pie, be Indian priced n go glory for the nation…

  2. sandy says:

    Hmmm… That’s interesting. I’m also restless to know more about Bolt n Zest since these product carries lots of improvement over current.

    1. Bhargava says:

      I feel the same way, Mr. Sandy. I want to experience to the peppiness of Revotron powered Bolt – and the ride quality as well as the AMT on the Zest.

      I am also enthusiastic about the Speed-Sensitive EPS on both the cars. The current generation of Tata Motors cars (except for the Nano Twist) have hydraulic Power steering.

  3. Mithun says:

    When you take off all the bling, the production car will look like a beefed up hatchback. The design is not SUVish. TATA cannot afford to bring a sober looking vehicle like ARIA. Indians don`t understand lines and silhouette, they need vehicles like XUV 500..bold and butch. Hope TATA listens!

    1. Ramesh says:

      Totally agree with you. Tata doesnt understand that Indians want something that has the ‘SUV’ look. Tata made the same mistake with Aria and now seem to repeat it with Nexon. Mahindra understands the Indian mindset much better.

    2. Bhargava says:

      Dear Mr. Mithun,

      I completely agree with you on this – “Indians don`t understand lines and silhouette, they need vehicles like XUV 500..bold and butch”

      However the Ford EcoSport neither looks like an SUV nor has the mechanical capabilities of an SUV. Except for the side-body design profile, the front and rear of the Ford EcoSport looks so much sober compared to Tata Nexon.

      And I don’t think the best selling vehicles in India (except for the XUV 500 and the Honda City 2014) are great/good on the design front. Dzire has poor design and yet manages to sell good volumes because of the popularity.

      I do respect the views of Mr. Bose, but Nexon is a mixture of Futuristic design with an aggressive tinge.

      On the design front, Nexon has surpassed the Ford EcoSport.


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