Report – Tata Nexon (mini SUV) to have “coupe like profile” and “strong” road presence

Posted on: Jun 23, 2014 - 1:27pm IST

The Tata Nexon crossover concept shown at the Auto Expo this year is 21 months away from its market launch in India. The concept previewed a sub-4 meter length crossover that would rival the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Mahindra S101.

Tata Nexon Concept profile at Geneva
The Tata Nexon will have strong road presence according to its designer.

According to Pratap Bose, head of design at Tata Motors and the Nexon concept’s creator, the production Nexon will remain true to the concept car. In a recent interview, he says that the Nexon with its “coupe-like profile” will stand out in its segment which otherwise consists of cars with a “boxy” design. Bose states that the crossover will stand out for its “silhouette and stance”.

The Nexon is based on the Vista platform (also underpins the Bolt) and gets several styling details carried over from the Tata MegaPixel concept. The concept car was powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine capable of producing 110 PS and 170 Nm of torque, and a top-speed of 180 km/h. Coupled to a 5-speed automatic transmission, Tata claimed the Nexon would achieve 17.6 km/l.

Tata Nexon Concept interior official image
The Nexon is less than 2 years away from production.

Features such as LED headlights, an electric 4WD system, floating console and double sliding doors were seen on the concept car. To recap, the Nexon concept measured 4 meters in length, 1.73 meters in width, 1.6 meters in height with a wheelbase of 2.54 meters.

You can read about what Bose told about the Nexon, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, here.

Tata Nexon – Image Gallery

[Source – ET Auto]

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6 thoughts on “Report – Tata Nexon (mini SUV) to have “coupe like profile” and “strong” road presence

  1. NiranJ says:

    The Indians were fond of Boxy looking Suv’s,let hope that it wont be a sales dud…

    1. GB says:

      Someone had to replicate the other immensely popular sub4m mpv doing its rounds at the moment. The BMW i3. I was hoping that it would be a Toyota or Honda. But nice to see it spring up from closer at home.

      The similarities however, I reckon will end with the body style alone and not venturing into the series hybrid powertrain or the carbon fibre on Al frame silhouette. 😉

  2. GB says:

    A straightforward sub 4m MPV and not one dressed like a SUV is sincere.

    I however doubt that this car would ever see production light. At least the suicide rear doors w/o the b-post wont. 😉

    With this concept Tata has made it to the long list of manufacturers who showcase the suicide rear doors in their concepts but only to chicken out when it comes to pressing the idea to production.

  3. Mohit Verma says:

    As per the design, I think it should succeed in the market and it also can be the volume seller for TATA

  4. Ramesh says:

    Here is wishing all the best to the Tata SUV. But by not going for a ‘boxy’ design they are going against the general perception of most Indian customers as what is a ‘real’ SUV design. This is a serious risk they are taking. The Aria has already proved that in SUVs which dont have that boxy ‘SUV’ look dont sell in India. I hope the Nexon doesn’t end up looking like another Indica and a sales dud like the Aria. Its easy to see why the Duster, Eco-Sports, XUV500 etc are selling so well. They all ‘look’ like SUVs.

    1. Dr. Nayak says:

      Keep the design ultramodern, but price it in the small car range with lots of options that people can pay for!


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