Production version of the Tata Nexon compact crossover (codenamed X104) has stared its intense testing regime as evident by the regular stream of spyshots that are flowing in. Previewed by the design study at 2014 Auto Expo, the Tata sub-4 metre SUV is based on the Zest/Bolt platform and will be vying to undercut the Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV300.
The pre-production prototype is devoid of several finalized components such as headlamps, taillights, foglights etc., but its close relationship with the concept is plainly apparent. The weird hump at the posterior part of the roof (if you remember, even the Zica test mules sported that hump) is probably there as a decoy to disguise the original design.
Interior too is expected to derive its design cues from the concept. It’s safe to assume that the top-end version of the Nexon will come equipped with a comprehensive touchscreen infotainment system, dual front airbags, reverse parking sensors, automatic climate control, power windows and electrically adjustable ORVMs.
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The Nexon is most likely to borrow its powertrain lineup from the Zest (90 PS 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol with 5-MT and 90 PS 1.3-litre turbo diesel with 5-MT/AMT). However, we would love to be surprised by a new homegrown 1.5-litre four-cylinder RevoTorq diesel engine.