Tata Nexon Revotron

Tata‘s cross­over chal­lenger fi­nally ar­rives

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TTata Mo­tors are go­ing through a bit of a re­nais­sance at the mo­ment. It all be­gan with the Ti­ago, a car that earned plau­dits all around and set the bar for what to ex­pect of Tata cars in the fu­ture. The brand even roped in foot­ball leg­end Lionel Messi as brand am­bas­sador for the Ti­ago, a move that no one saw com­ing. Then came the Hexa and the Tigor soon fol­lowed, and now we have the lat­est prod­uct in this re­freshed line-up, some­thing that slots into that pop­u­lar cross­over seg­ment. And, well, if they are go­ing down the same FC Barcelona foot­baller route for the Nexon as well, then Leo’s team-mate, Ger­ard Pique, might be a more ap­pro­pri­ate pick this time around, be­cause you can draw many par­al­lels be­tween the Barca cen­tre-back and the Nexon in terms of ethos, size, and qual­ity.

Aes­thet­i­cally, you can see that the Nexon is a lit­tle more out-there than the rest of the line-up even though the Tata fam­ily re­sem­blance is quite ev­i­dent as part of their new IM­PACT de­sign phi­los­o­phy. The Nexon is a sub-fourme­tre cross­over, and def­i­nitely looks the part. Es­pe­cially upfront, the size­able grille, and three-slat air dam give the Nexon an ex­cep­tion­ally sporty face. From side-on, its tall stance is ev­i­dent, and that white line run­ning across the shoul­der, sep­a­rat­ing the two tones of the paint job, re­ally stands out. A neat lit­tle touch that sets the Nexon apart from all the other two-tone cars out there. The rear end has a cer­tain amount of visual ap­peal, too, with the white shoul­der-line ex­tend­ing to the back and out­lin­ing the snazzy split­styled tail-lamp de­sign. The ex­te­rior de­sign en­sures that the Nexon stands out among the throng when parked, wait­ing at the lights, or when on the move. The only slight aber­ra­tion ex­te­rior vi­su­als-wise, for me, is that the left-sided wind­screen wiper doesn’t sit flush.

The aes­thetic al­lure car­ries over to the in­te­rior of the car too. The three­tone dash looks cool and that float­ing in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem stands out, quite lit­er­ally. At a cur­sory glance, ev­ery­thing ap­pears posh and pre­mium, but spend a lit­tle time in the cabin, and a few nig­gles be­gin to crop up. The plas­tic qual­ity, for one, feels a lit­tle flimsy, even though it does have style ap­peal. The 6.5” Harman in­fo­tain­ment is rather good, and is mated to an eight-speaker setup from the same brand. It fea­tures An­droid Auto con­nec­tiv­ity, Blue­tooth, USB, Aux In and voice recog­ni­tion, and also dou­bles up as the screen for the re­verse cam. The touch in­ter­face is very easy to use and comes with an op­tion of con­ven­tional but­tons if you’re of the old­school per­sua­sion. The air-con is pretty solid, too, and comes with cli­mate con­trol. There’s a row of but­tons be­low the air-con that ac­com­plish many things, from fog-lamps to the door lock/un­lock switch, and a but­ton to pop the boot. You wouldn’t ex­pect to find the lat­ter two in that par­tic­u­lar po­si­tion, though, so that does take a lit­tle get­ting used to.

In fact, this un­con­ven­tional ap­proach to in­te­rior er­gonomics car­ries on through­out the Nexon’s cabin. You have a lit­tle cub­by­hole un­der the arm­rest, and a slid­ing space just in front of it. How­ever, it opens out­ward rather than in­ward, so you have to curl your fin­gers un­der the armr est to get to the slide, or lift it up for eas­ier ac­cess, which is both­er­some. This se­cond, slid­ing-door cov­ered hatch also houses the cup-hold­ers, although it is a lit­tle nar­row and

deep, which makes it that lit­tle bit more awk­ward to use.

Then there’s the slot with the 12V out­put, Aux In and USB port. Again, it is deep and nar­row, and ev­ery time you try to ac­cess it, the gear lever comes in the way. The glove-box is cooled, il­lu­mi­nated, and spa­cious, and the in­side of the lid has a sep­a­rate wal­let holder and a pair of shal­low slots for ad­di­tional cups, which are use­ful if you have a lot of cups and no pas­sen­ger in the front row. The semi-dig­i­tal info clus­ter is stan­dard is­sue, and does its job with­out a fuss. There’s no red-line, though, which is slightly odd; how­ever, a few bits do light up when you rev the en­gine past 5,000 rpm.

The doors house a bot­tle-holder and also an um­brella-holder, which you don’t see very of­ten in a car in this seg­ment. As with ev­ery­thing else, the de­sign is a lit­tle un­usual and not the most prac­ti­cal. How­ever, I guess you will get used to it over time, so while all this er­gonomic con­fu­sion isn’t ideal, it isn’t a deal-breaker ei­ther. It just feels like the en­gi­neers over at Tata were try­ing too hard to make the most out of the spa­ces on of­fer, which is a wor­thy goal, but one that hasn’t quite worked out. The seats are com­fort­able enough and roomy enough, so no prob­lems there ei­ther. The se­cond row, too, of­fers a de­cent amount of com­fort and space, and the ex­pe­ri­ence is aug­mented by a ded­i­cated a-c hatch with its own tem­per­a­ture con­trol knob. Boot space is an ad­e­quate 350 litres.

The vari­ant we have with us is the top-end op­tional dual-tone petrol XZ+ and it is pow­ered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylin­der tur­bocharged power-plant. This en­gine pro­duces 110 PS at 5,000 rpm and 170 Nm of torque from 1,7504,000 rpm. A six-speed man­ual sends power to the front wheels. The en­gine is more ca­pa­ble than ex­cit­ing, with the Nexon do­ing 0-100 km/h in 13.57 sec­onds. There’s very lit­tle hap­pen­ing be­low the 2,000-rpm mark, at which point the power kicks in. The car did seem to pull to the right un­der hard ac­cel­er­a­tion, though. One com­mend­able at­tribute of the Nexon is that the cabin is well-in­su­lated and en­gine noise isn’t an is­sue even at high speeds. The car also comes with three driv­ing modes based on your needs — Eco, City, and Sport — and a handy dial helps you switch among the three.

The clutch is light, but a lit­tle lack­ing in terms of feel, and the six-speed trans­mis­sion is com­fort­able when mov­ing through the gears. The ride on the Nexon is well-man­aged and soaks up bumps and break­ers of all sizes

with­out any drama. Add to this the 209 mm of ground clear­ance (un­laden) and you have a car that will tackle roads in vary­ing de­grees of re­pair (or dis­re­pair) with­out any bother. When it comes to han­dling, the Nexon is ad­e­quate. Some body-roll is ev­i­dent ow­ing to its size and height, of course, and it isn’t a high-speed cor­ner­carver, but holds its line well enough when tak­ing cor­ners at a steady pace. The steer­ing is light at low speeds, al­low­ing for easy ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity in tight city spa­ces, and pro­vides enough feed­back too. The turn­ing ra­dius that the Nexon of­fers is also good enough to war­rant a men­tion. The brak­ing is im­pres­sive, with the ABS-equipped front-disc-rear-drum setup man­ag­ing a 100-0 km/h time of 2.93 sec­onds. The car doesn’t mis­be­have un­der hard brak­ing ei­ther.

Safety-wise, the Nexon comes with ABS with EBD and dual-front airbags as stan­dard across vari­ants. It also has a fuel-car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of 44 litres, and gave us 9.5 km/l in the city and 15 km/l on the high­way, which is pretty much par for the course. Price-wise, this topof-the-line XZ+ trim will set you back by Rs 8.6 lakh, ex-showroom, which is an in­tro­duc­tory price and, as such, def­i­nitely lower than its im­me­di­ate com­peti­tors.

All things con­sid­ered, the Nexon isn’t what you would call a driver’s car. It is rather fetch­ing to look at, has a great in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, and is com­fort­able and roomy in the back. More func­tional than mer­cu­rial, or the Pique of Tata’s range. So, def­i­nitely an op­tion to con­sider if you’re look­ing for a cross­over and, maybe, plan to hire some­one else to drive you around in it.

The vari­ant we have with us is the top-end op­tional dual-tone petrol XZ+ and it is pow­ered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylin­der tur­bocharged power-plant

( Above right) The 1.2-litre turbo-petrol isn’t the most ex­cit­ing en­gine ( Left) The in­te­rior is snazzy-look­ing, but isn’t er­gonom­i­cally sound

( Left) Nexon is roomy enough at the back ( Above) Harman touch­screen is ex­cel­lent

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