Tata’s most popular subcompact crossover Nexon, which received a facelift in January has been given a new variant, the XZ+S, which is positioned between the XZ+ and the top end XZ+ (O). The 2020 facelift for the Nexon was a much needed update, and this facelift has made the Nexon better to look at, and feature rich as well.
The XZ+S variant has a host of features such as, an electric sunroof with tilt function, automatic headlamps, cruise control, press start button, automatic climate control, rear ac vents, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (T.P.M.S) and many more.
However, while comparing this variant to the range topping XZ+ (O), the XZ+S misses out on the IRA app and its absence deprives the car of features such as vehicle diagnostics, remote vehicle control and vehicle live location. A few other features it misses out on as well are Geo-Fence, Valet Mode and Trip Analytics. One could say that dropping features like this is wrong, but the price point at which the XZ+ S has been offered, I say it has plenty of features to its name.
The XZ+S variant will be offered in both, petrol and diesel powertrains, with the petrol model starting from 10.10 lakhs, the dual tone XZ+S for 10.30 lakhs, the AMT available for 10.70 lakhs and the top end XZ+S petrol can be purchased for 10.90 lakhs. On the diesel side, prices begin from 11.60 lakhs, the dual tone for 11.80 lakhs, the diesel AMT at 12.20 and the top end diesel XZ+S is priced at 12.40 lakhs (all prices are ex-showroom).
The diesel has been priced at a premium of rupees one lakh, but the presence of a BS6 diesel model always come across as a delight for customers. The turbocharged 1.2 litre petrol model produces 118 ps, and the 1.5 litre diesel is good for a 108 ps. Both these powertrains can be coupled with a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed AMT.
Talking about safety, the Nexon has its 5 star NCAP rating which proves that it is safe as houses. Beyond the safety due to its structural integrity, the Nexon XZ+S is fitted with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake Force), traction control, brake assist, hill hold assist, reverse camera, ISOFIX anchorage for child seat, crash locking tongue, front fog lamps and front seat belt pre-tensioners. Such a massive list of safety options in a car at this price point shows how serious Tata is about safety.
This variant ticks all the boxes for me as it does well in all department such as the exteriors, interiors, features, safety and mechanics. I believe it is quite value for money in comparison to the cars available in its segment, and cars such as the Venue, Brezza and Xuv 300 will surely feel the heat. However, there is one concern, the timing of the launch could be a problem, as Covid 19 has forced people to stay indoors, because of which services such as test-drives, or visiting the dealerships would be impossible. Tata requires the cars in its range to do well, so as to recover from the drop in sales that they have suffered due to the Coronavirus.