The Tata Nexon has been a highly popular offering for the automaker, keeping up with the popularity of SUVs globally. The Nexon is also the first SUV from Tata Motors to be offered in both petrol and diesel engine options, and the company now says it has registered a 50:50 sales ratio for either versions. The deregulation of diesel made the fuel more expensive, shifting the passenger vehicle market back to petrol vehicles.
The Nexon and its availability in both petrol and diesel engine options has benefitted the SUV and its popularity. Adding another feather to its cap, the Tata Nexon managed to achieve a 4 star rating in the Global NCAP results, in a big push towards Indian vehicle safety standards.
Globally too, rising pollution levels have been a major reason for automakers to look into other fuel options including electric and hydrogen. Tata Motors too, has been working on electrifying its own range of vehicles. The Tata Tigor EV was the first offering that currently is restricted for delivery only to the EESL. We do expect the Tiago and even the Nexon to be electrified in the future.
For now, the Tata Nexon is raking up the numbers for the automaker with the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engines doing duty under the hood. Both engines are good for 108 bhp, while peak torque varies at 170 Nm for the petrol and 260 Nm for the diesel. Both engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox and AMT unit.