A fully disguised Tata Nexon was spotted testing on Indian roads, implying a big redesign. The Nexon received a mid-life update in 2020, so this will be its second significant update since its 2017 introduction. The disguised test mule shows new front and back fascias and interior improvements.
- Nexon facelift expected to borrow design cues from Curvv SUV
- Interior likely to be updated with new 10.25-inch touchscreen
- Expected to get more powerful 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine
Tata Nexon facelift: exterior and interior updates
The Nexon test mule seen in these photos doesn’t show much, but we can see that both the front and back fascia will be reworked. Taking a cue from the Curvv SUV ideas, the primary headlight cluster now appears to be mounted on the front bumper. The Nexon’s profile hints at a new connected LED light bar right above the grille, similar to the ones seen on the Curvv ideas, and the front bumper has been updated with a new central air intake and grille design.
The back bumper and tailgate both look like they have smoother surfaces than the current model. The taillights will probably have a connected LED light bar and slimmer taillight modules, just like the headlights. It’s expected that new alloy wheel designs will accompany the Nexon’s otherwise unaltered profile.
Unfortunately, this sighting doesn’t provide a good look at the cabin, but we can assume that it will include a new 10.25-inch touchscreen and a revised dashboard design. This new touchscreen, which was previewed by Tata Motors at the Auto Expo 2023, will soon be standard on all of the company’s vehicles. It’s possible that this, along with a new digital instrument cluster, will be included in the Nexon’s updated feature set.
Tata Nexon facelift: powertrain options
Important mechanical upgrades are also anticipated, with the new generation 1.2-liter turbo-petrol engine being the most notable. Tata showed this engine in the Curvv ICE concept at the Auto Expo 2023. It’s an improvement over the existing Nexon’s 1.2-liter turbo-petrol engine, which makes 120 hp and 170 nm of torque, but not a huge one, as this one makes 125 hp and 225 nm. The 1.5-liter diesel engine with 110 horsepower is likely to remain unchanged. It is unclear whether the updated Nexon with the new gasoline engine will retain its manual and AMT transmission options.
Tata Nexon facelift: launch timeline and rivals
The refreshed Nexon isn’t likely to hit shelves until sometime in 2024 at the earliest. The new model will cost more than the existing one, which retails for between 7.80 million and 14.30 million. The Kia Sonet, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, and Maruti Brezza are just some of the vehicles it will go up against once it hits the market.