Released back in 2017, the Tata Nexon has been one of the most pivotal Indian automakers’ models. It not only brought focus towards the brand, but it also made people take an interest in safer cars for India. You see, the Nexon was the first Indian car to score a perfect 5-star safety rating at Global NCAP. Combine its perfect safety rating with the host of other features it offered along with a unique design, sales of the Nexon took off. By November 2020, Tata Motors had achieved a production milestone of 1.5 lakh units for the Nexon. Moreover, the all-electric Nexon EV introduction in January 2020 opened even more doors for the Indian automaker.
Tata Motors recently accomplished yet another achievement. January 2021 saw the highest ever monthly sales of the Nexon since its launch in the country. Tata sold over 8,200 units (8,225, to be exact) of the Nexon, eclipsing the previous record of 6,888 units. The figure catapulted the Tata Nexon to the number six spot on India’s top-selling SUVs in January 2021. For reference, Tata managed to sell only over 3,300 units of the Nexon in January 2020. This means the year-on-year (YoY) growth in the Tata Nexon sales last month stood at an incredible 143.2 percent! As of now, there are at least half a dozen individual variants of the Nexon on sale in India.
The Tata Nexon’s ex-showroom prices start from Rs 7.10 Lakh for the entry-level XE petrol (manual). The most expensive version of the standard Nexon is the XZA+ (O), with a diesel engine and a dual-tone exterior. It retails for Rs 12.80 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and comes with an automated manual transmission (AMT). On the other hand, the ex-showroom price of the all-electric Nexon begins at Rs 13.99 Lakh. The Nexon EV is not only priced lower than its rivals. It has sold nearly 3,000 units since its debut. In short, Tata Motors has quite the winner in the Nexon. While the Tata Nexon may be priced aggressively, it doesn’t feel like a stripped-out prison cell on the inside.
Equipment on offer includes an electric sunroof, automatic windshield wipers, electrically-operated & folding wing mirrors, and cruise control. Of course, that is not all. You also get automatic climate control, a digital instrument cluster, and an 8-speaker audio system by Harman.
To keep you further entertained, the Nexon also features a 7-inch touch-infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay & Tata’s Intelligent Real-time Assist connected car tech. The Intelligent Real-time Assist or iRA in the Nexon includes functions like Live Diagnostic Report, Find my Car, Remote vehicle control, and Intrusion Alert, among others. Unlike some other cars, the Tata Nexon’s safety record has not been tarnished by any kind of cost-cutting measures.
Even the base variant of the Nexon is full of standard safety kit. It gets the usual stuff such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and parking sensors. Furthermore, there is also Hill Hold Control, Roll Over Mitigation, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System, and ISOFIX anchor points. This means that even if you buy the entry-level Nexon XE, your safety isn’t compromised.
Some really omnipresent automakers should genuinely take a leaf out of Tata’s notebook and stop playing chicken with customers’ lives. Anyway, back to the Nexon. It is powered by one of two BS6-compliant internal combustion engines – a 1.5-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder and a 1.2-liter turbo-petrol three-cylinder.
In the turbo-diesel case, you get 108hp and 260Nm of torque, while the petrol three-pot makes 117hp and 170Nm. Tata offers both engines with the option of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed AMT gearbox. Neither of the engines in the Nexon is particularly exciting, but both get the job done. However, between the two, the diesel does feel more commanding in the way it delivers its 260Nm of torque to the front wheels. Meanwhile, the AMT gearbox relieves you from having to use the unpredictable clutch of the manual Nexon. Overall, the record sales of the Tata Nexon aren’t all that astonishing. It continues to be a pretty good and safe car, albeit not a very interesting one to drive.