Birth of a Beast
The Tata Nexon made its debut at the Auto Expo in 2014 but it was just a prototype and the final model was ready for sales by 2016 and with its launch, it almost conquered the Sub Compact SUV Segment in the Indian Automobile Market.
Tata Nexon is currently available in two fuel options:
- 1.2 L Revotron three-cylinder turbo 12-valve that delivers 109 hp; 110 PS and 170 Nm of maximum torque combined with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission
- 1.5 L Revortq four-cylinder common-rail 16-valve that delivers 109 hp; 110 PS and 260 Nm of maximum torque, also paired with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Tata Nexon is available in seven variants – XE, XM, XMA, XT, XZ, XZ+, and XZA+. The automatic versions have 3 different driving settings. In 2018, Tata added a sunroof option.
Tata Motors launched the facelifted Nexon with feature additions and Bharat Stage 6 (BS-VI)compliant engines in January 2020 and showcased to the general public in the Auto Expo 2020. The Nexon received major changes on the exterior, now based on the Impact 2.0 design language.
The same engine was carried forward but with just a bit more refinement and NVH Levels.
In 2018, the Nexon was subjected to crash tests by the Global NCAP obtaining the result of 5 stars. It is the first Indian-made car to achieve this rating.
The Nexon EV
The electric version of the Nexon was revealed on 19 December 2019. The Nexon EV uses components from Tata Motors’ electric vehicle technology brand Ziptron. The electric motor produces 127 hp; 129 PS and 245 nm of torque and 0 – 100 under 9.9 seconds. It has a 30.2 kWh battery with an ARAI rated range of up to 312 km.
The battery can be fully charged in under 8 hours using a complimentary AC charger. It can also be charged using a 15-ampere power cable that can be used at any place with the necessary power socket. DC 25 kW fast charging can be used to charge the battery from 0 to 80% in 1 hour.
Tata started a subscription plan for the Nexon EV in August 2020. It was reported that Nexon EV was the best-selling electric vehicle in India in 2020.
The Nexon Hybrid
Recently, we have confirmed the leaks of the Nexon Hybrid version being tested on the Indian Roads and we can expect the launch of Nexon Hybrid in 2022.
Need of Hybrid
You see Indians are not satisfied with fully electric cars due to range anxiety and almost no confidence in their reliability. Therefore we need another option as for a long time no we cannot just stop driving fossil powered cars. With the launch of Tata Nexon Hybrid, the customers having a middle ground between Fossils and EVs will have a safe and reliable option to the lookout.
Why Nexon Hybrid?
Now you see we are not new to the Hybrid technology as Toyota has been offering it for long but it is not considered as an affordable option to buy therefore consumers lookout for a much cheaper and yet safer option also.
Nexon has always been the experiment rat for Tata Motors as even before they launched EV, Nexon was the first car to be fitted and tested with an EV option making it a safe and economical option to buying and even the consumers loved it too. This looks like the safest car for Tata to perform some more experiments on! In India, sub-compact SUVs are selling like hotcakes and there aren’t many hybrid options. With the hybrid variant, the Nexon will be available in a magnitude of options- petrol, diesel, hybrid and EV! This will help Tata cater to a much larger audience.
Developing a fully hybrid car will eventually cause the shoot up of prices which in turn is not good for Tata Motors, as the main reason why Indians prefer Nexon is because of its Price and Safety. So we might get to see a mild hybrid Nexon which will be priced under 20 lakhs.
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