Mumbai: Tata Motors has finally launched the Nexon AMT at a starting price of Rs 9.41 lakh for the XZA+ petrol variant and Rs 10.30 lakh for the XZA+ diesel variant (ex-showroom, Delhi). The XZ+ dual-tone variant (manual transmission), on which the XZA+ is based, costs Rs 9.02 lakh for the petrol version and Rs 9.89 lakh for the diesel. Along with the launch of the AMT variants, Tata has also launched an online customization platform for the Nexon called Imaginator. A new orange shade with a contrasting silver roof has also been added to the existing list of five color options.
Powering the Tata Nexon AMT, or in the company’s words, Hyperdrive S-SG (self-shift gears), are the same 1.2-litre revotron petrol and 1.3-litre revotorq diesel engines as its respective manual variants. While the petrol mill pumps out 110PS/170Nm, the diesel engine generates the same power, but a higher, 260Nm of torque. Both the engines can be had with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) option. The three drive modes - Eco, City, and Sport - are available with both the gearboxes.
The compact crossover’s AMT gets intelligent transmission controller, which features anti-stall, kick-down and fast-off functions, optimizing the vehicle’s performance while overtaking or at the time of sudden acceleration.
Features available in the Tata Nexon AMT include a 6.5-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system which supports Android Auto, 8-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, projector headlamps, 16-inch machine-cut alloys and voice warnings (for parking brake release alert, door-open warning, seatbelt reminder, low fuel warning and others). Moreover, dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), reverse parking assist and ISOFIX child seat mounts are offered as standard in the Nexon XZA+.
The Nexon competes with the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Mahindra TUV300 and the Honda WRV. Among its rivals, only the Ecosport and the TUV300 are offered with automatic options. While the Ford SUV gets a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic with its 1.5-litre petrol engine, the Mahindra gets a 5-speed AMT with its 1.5-litre diesel. The EcoSport Trend Plus AT and Titanium Plus AT cost Rs 9.76 lakh and Rs 11.36 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively. Offered in three variants, the Mahindra TUV300 costs Rs 10.16 lakh for the T8, Rs 10.76 lakh for the T10 and Rs 10.91 lakh for the T10 dual-tone variant.