With Tata discontinuing the Safari Dicor and the Zest Quadrajet 90PS, it seems quite clear that the homegrown carmaker has switched focus to their newer and modern offerings like the Tiago and the Tigor. To strengthen their product line even further, Tata will soon be launching their all-new compact SUV, the Tata Nexon. The crossover gets a contemporary design and will be key to Tata’s makeover. It promises to offer a plethora of features just like the Tiago and Tigor cousins. However, with the Ford EcoSport and the current best-seller in the segment - the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza - rolling out of showrooms like hot cakes, the way to success isn’t as smooth as it appears for the Nexon. Tata recently revealed the spec sheet of the Nexon, so let’s take a look at how it stacks up against its rivals in the sub-4 metre compact SUV segment.
The sub-4 metre compact SUV segment is all about how carmakers make optimum use of the available space. While the margin for experimentation is less, the one who’s able to make full use of it emerge victorious. Among the trio, the Ford EcoSport is the longest at 3999mm, while the Nexon and the Vitara Brezza have the same length (3995mm). However, the EcoSport’s additional 4mm hardly makes a difference inside the cabin.
In terms of width, the Nexon trumps the Vitara Brezza (1790mm) by 21mm. At 1765mm, the Ford EcoSport is the narrowest of the lot. The additional width should give the Nexon’s cabin extra shoulder room which will come in handy when you try to fit five passengers in it. While the Ford EcoSport has the longest wheelbase of the three, legroom for both front and rear passengers is surprisingly lacking. But it is definitely the tallest here and has the best headroom for occupants. Considering the state of our roads, the Tata and the Ford have an impressive 200mm of ground clearance, while the Maruti makes do with 198mm.
Like the Ford EcoSport, the Tata Nexon will be offered with both the diesel and petrol engine options. Surprisingly, at a time when even Mahindra has started to bring its products with petrol engines, Maruti Suzuki has decided to give it a miss in the Vitara Brezza.
The 1.2-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol motor of the Nexon pumps out 110PS of power while the turbocharged 1.0-litre 3-cylinder Ecoboost engine of the EcoSport produces 125PS – a good 15PS more than the Tata. Moreover, the American SUV also offers a 1.5-litre 112PS petrol engine as an option. While the Nexon is linked to a 6-speed manual transmission, the EcoSport’s turbocharged motor is paired to a 5-speed automatic, while the four-cylinder 1.5-litre engine can be had with a 6-speed dual clutch automatic.
With respect to diesel engines, the Nexon and the EcoSport are equipped with 1.5-litre motors while the Vitara Brezza gets a smaller 1.3-litre engine. The Nexon beats the other two by being the most powerful at 110PS. The compact SUV makes an impressive 260Nm of torque too – a good 55Nm more than its closest rival, the EcoSport. If these figures weren’t enough, the Nexon even triumphs in the transmission department by offering a 6-speed manual transmission while the other two offer a 5-speed one.
Above all, the Tata crossover will be offered with multi-drive modes – Eco, City and Sport.
With the launch expected during the festive season, the Nexon is likely to be a game changer for Tata Motors, especially considering how well recent Tata products have performed in the past one year. The Tata Nexon price is expected to fall in the range of Rs 6 - 9 lakh.
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