The Tata Nexon sub-4m compact crossover SUV based on the Bolt/Zest platform was unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo. The concept previewed a Ford EcoSport-rivaling product with a modern interpretation of Tata’s trademark design.
Zigwheels reports that the production version based on the Nexon concept has reached the prototype stage and is internally known by its codename Tata Osprey. The name Osprey (a type of Hawk) is inline with the company’s tradition of naming its projects after birds.
Not much is known about the Osprey crossover but it’s speculated to be a 7-seater to take on the Mahindra TUV300. We expect most of the Nexon’s design cues to be retained but if it’s going to be a 7-seater then it would have to breach the crucial sub-4 metre mark (length). We would have a better idea once the prototype start testing no public roads in the few months’ time.
The Osprey is expected to powered by both petrol and diesel engines derived from the Zest sedan – 90 PS 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged Revotron and 90 PS 1.3-litre Quadrajet (Fiat MultiJet). While a 5-speed manual gearbox will be standard across the range, the diesel variant is most likely to receive an AMT like in the Zest.
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The Tata Osprey compact SUV is estimated to be market ready by late 2016 or early 2017 and is likely to be priced between INR 6-10 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Tata Nexon Concept – Photos
Via – Zigwheels.com