Tata Nexon has been a strong performer in its sub-compact SUV segment – Was given a mid-life facelift earlier this year
A couple of days ago Tata Motors had teased an image of its sub-4 metre compact SUV Nexon but provided no details about it. Many thought it could be the much awaited DCT variant of Nexon. Today, they have ended the suspense. It is not the DCT variant. But, a new XM S trim. Yes, yet another trim. With today’s launch, total number of Nexon variants on offer increase to 36.
Details of the new variant
The new XM(S) variant is just an extension of the XM variant with a sunroof. It is priced at Rs 8.36 lakhs for petrol manual, Rs 8.96 lakh for petrol AMT, Rs 9.7 lakh for diesel manual and Rs 10.3 lakh for diesel AMT. It is about Rs 60k more expensive than the corresponding XM variant. For reference – The XM variant is currently retailed at Rs 7.84 lakh for the petrol variant and Rs 9.20 lakh for the diesel variant. (All prices are ex-showroom).
At Rs 8.36 lakh (ex-showroom), the petrol XM (S) variant of Nexon will become the most affordable compact SUV to offer a factory-fitted electric sunroof in its segment. Earlier this position was held by Honda WR-V which offers a sunroof at Rs 9.70 lakh in the VX variant while Hyundai Venue offers in the SX trim at Rs 9.78 lakh. (Both prices are ex-showroom).
Tata Nexon – All 36 Variants Prices Sep 2020
It is not the first time that Tata Motors has added a new variant to Nexon. In April this year, the homegrown manufacturer added the XZ+(S) variant to Nexon’s line-up. This bridged the gap between the XZ+ and the XZ+(O) variants and provided consumers with a sunroof which is absent in the former. The XZ+(S) trim gets almost all features of XZ+(O) except connected car features offered through the iRA connectivity technology.
Powertrain and Transmission Options
Currently, Tata Motors offers Nexon with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed AMT. Powertrain options include a 1.2-litre Revotron turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel engine. The petrol unit churns out 120 PS of power and 170 Nm of peak torque, whereas the diesel mill generates 110 PS of power and 260 Nm of peak torque.
For now, there is no DCT Nexon on offer. But there are unverified reports which claim that Nexon DCT is in the making, and will be launched to rival the likes of Venue and Sonet – both of which come with 7 Speed DCT in the segment.