Read all about the upcoming 2020 Tata Nexon facelift, including model details, speculations, and rumours.
Tata Nexon has been one of the most popular Tata passenger vehicles, owing to its brilliant design and plenty of space inside. Back in 2018, when the Nexon was first crash tested by Global NCAP, it created headlines by obtaining a 5-star safety rating, the highest score. It was the first car by an Indian manufacturer to do that, followed later by Mahindra Alturas G4. Now, with the spy pictures of the upcoming Nexon facelift making rounds on the internet, we can safely assume that Tata would want to work its magic once again. There have been a lot of speculation about what the new model would be like. Let’s go through all the available details one by one.
The first and the most significant change is in the front. The headlamp design seems to have dramatically changed over the current one. The Bonnet line also is more pronounced now, much simpler and old-school. The headlamps will also be more aggressive, abd unlike the outgoing model, the indicators won't curve upwards for a bulbous look. The detailing in them is gorgeous though.
The face is now flatter than before. The front grill is redesigned and might lose the honeycomb pattern in favour of large horizontal slats. The front bumper is also redesigned now, with a bigger air dam than before. The foglamps units look the same though, housed in similar rectangular indents. Personal opinion: the design looks closer to the Tata Hexa than the Harrier, but more premium.
Tata Nexon EV was also spied a while back
From the side, we can confirm once again that the face is flatter than before. Other than that, the side profile seems unchanged. The detailing on the doors, the lines running through the sides, even the cladding on the door panels looks the same. Not only that, but the A, B, and C pillars also remain unchanged, as do the roof-rail and ORVMs.
Tata Nexon Facelift Interiors spied
The interiors might also remain largely unchanged, as seen in another spy pic. The picture shows the interiors to be the same as before, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Barring the hard plastics, the interiors in the Nexon are fairly nice. The only change seems to be the addition of cruise control, as apparent from the steering wheel mounted controls. We expect no significant changes to happen on the inside of the cabin.
Engine and Transmission
As for the engine, there is no confirmation of any kind. Currently, the Nexon sports two engine options. First is a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder turbo-petrol that produces 110 PS and 170 Nm, and a 1.5-liter turbo-diesel engine that makes 110PS and 260Nm. Note that these engines are only BSIV compliant, and Tata might not use these engines in the upcoming facelift version.
It is possible that these engines might be upgraded to BSVI, but the cost involved and the mechanical viability of such an endeavour could prove problematic. Turning BSIV engine BSVI compliant would take more than just slapping a bigger catalytic converter. It would be better to have new BSVI engines altogether. The transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT gearbox, which should be carried over.
That said, the Nexon will also see the introduction of an electric variant very soon. A Nexon EV prototype was spied earlier, which indicates that the launch is imminent. While the specifications are a complete mystery at this point, the powertrain would feature Tata's Ziptron technology. What else could be on the cards? Maybe a mild-hybrid variant? Wouldn’t that be something!
Speculative Rendering of the 2020 Tata Nexon
The upcoming Tata Nexon could be launched early next year, before April 2020. The current Nexon retails for Rs. 6.58 Lakh for the base variant, and Rs. 11 Lakh for the top variant. Prices shouldn’t see a significant jump for the petrol and diesel variants. The electric variant could be priced at around the 15 Lakh mark.