2020 Tata Nexon facelift: improvement in perceived quality, overall fit and finish


The 2020 Tata Nexon facelift is much extra thorough and complete than most. Not solely has the entrance finish been closely revised to offer it a very new look, however the improve to BS6 has been accompanied by an influence bump for the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine. So simply what’s the up to date Nexon like?

The bonnet is now flatter and taller whereas the grille, headlamps and entrance bumper are new. Tata has completed away with the ‘ceramic’ highlights on the nostril although they nonetheless characteristic on the aspect and around the again. The C-pillars have been blacked out and the Union Jack-like tail-lights are an fascinating design element. Also, in an effort to make it look wider, the rear bumper will get fake vents on the backside.

The cabin is extra acquainted. The design of the sprint, with the free-standing touchscreen, is carried over, and with the neatly executed chrome-lined vents, it really works properly too. The sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel is new, and the instrument cluster is now a digital LCD panel.

While the construct of the dashboard feels robust, the small buttons perform properly and perceived high quality is a step up, consideration to element could possibly be higher. Open the sliding, shuttered stowage space and the insides are nonetheless unclad and stuffed with joints and sharp edges, however the umbrella holders in the doorways are a pleasant contact.

2020 Tata Nexon turbo-petrol specs

  • Engine 1199cc, three cyl, turbo-petrol
  • Max Power 120hp at 5500rpm
  • Max Torque 170Nm at 1750-4000rpm
  • Gearbox 6-speed guide
  • Tank dimension 44 litres
  • Length 3993mm
  • Width 1811mm
  • Height 1606mm
  • Wheelbase 2498mm
  • Ground Clearance 209mm
  • Boot Capacity 350 litres

Up entrance, the seats are large, positioned at peak and there’s a honest quantity of area in the footwell. The seats are additionally properly completed, and what makes the cabin really feel ethereal is the inclusion of the brand new sunroof. Legroom is ample and headroom is sweet for six-footers, regardless of the slight drop in the roof lining.

Moving to the gear, new options on the Nexon contains new LED DRLs, ESP, traction management, roll-over mitigation and brake help as normal, auto wipers, auto headlights and a tyre stress monitoring system.

The new Nexon additionally will get Tata’s IRA connected-car tech and included in the software program suite is the ‘what3words’ navigational help. Both the instrument panel and the touchscreen might have been brighter; attempt to reverse on a vibrant day and it’s tough to see obstacles on the display.

Tata’s 1.2 turbo-petrol could also be a three-cylinder engine, however the one time you may actually inform is while you fireplace it up. Tap the accelerator and it instantly settles down, with refinement ranges enhancing as you press on. The new consumption and exhaust manifolds imply it’s not fairly as throaty anymore, but it surely has a pleasant sufficient snarl at excessive revs.

The throttle response at low speeds, although, feels snatchy and there are distinct flat spots in the facility supply. The engine has clearly been calibrated with gas effectivity as a precedence, judging by the abrupt ‘tip-in’ and ‘tip-out’ for the fuelling. The 6-speed guide gearbox is gentle, nonetheless the throws are lengthy, the gear lever is a bit too tall, and the clutch is snappy. All these components make the Nexon not as metropolis pleasant as its rivals.

There can also be some quantity of turbo lag. The SUV solely actually begins to maneuver as soon as it has handed 1,800-2,000rpm and it’s in the mid-range the place this engine does its greatest work. Get previous 2,500rpm and there’s a good sustained shove; preserve your foot in and this carries on properly previous 5,500rpm.

Against the clock, the Nexon did a 0-100kph dash in 13sec, although this was because of the traction management, which couldn’t be switched off and stored reducing in, stopping a fast launch. Get previous the preliminary launch and the up to date Nexon has a little bit of an edge over the sooner 110hp model; particularly from 50kph onwards.

The three drive modes are additionally properly outlined. Eco is definitely fairly useable and not terminally irritating, and Sport does provide you with an additional kick.

While the overall efficiency is greater than acceptable, Tata’s BS6 petrol engine nonetheless lacks the sophistication and functionality of the brand new breed of turbo-petrols.

Coming to the journey, the Nexon excels over damaged roads. Stability is nice, and you may carry a good quantity of velocity over unhealthy patches and gravel roads. There is a touch of stiffness over common roads, however the Nexon rounds off most bumps properly.

There is a lot to love concerning the new Nexon — it feels robust, with an improvement in perceived high quality and the overall fit and finish. Also, with Nexon costs starting from ₹6.95 lakh to ₹11.20 lakh for the petrol model, it’s nonetheless terrific worth for cash.

If you simply love the design and are searching for a tricky, but comfy compact SUV that received’t break the financial institution, the brand new 2020 Tata Nexon ought to be excessive up in your shortlist.

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