Tata Nexon compact SUV
Tata Nexon compact SUV to be launched by May 2017. Pictured:Tata Nexon compact SUVIBTimes India/Ken Sunny

It looks like the auto lovers in India are getting a clear idea of the launch of the Nexon compact SUV from the house of Tata Motors, with the emerging reports indicating that the compact SUV would be launched in India in early 2017.

A report of Indian Car News claims that the Nexon compact SUV is slated for a launch by May 2017. Tata Nexon was earlier rumoured to be launched in the country by the end of 2016. The Nexon, the model, which is currently in its testing phase in the country, had made its appearance at the Auto Expo 2016 in February in its production guise. Tata, which recently launched the Tiago in India, has two more models — the Hexa and the Kite 5 compact sedan — lined up for this year.

The Nexon, which will compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki's new compact SUV Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport, is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 6.5 to 10 lakh in India. The Nexon is expected to pack features such as keyless entry, push start/top button, reverse-parking camera and a 6.5-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

Under the hood, the Nexon is expected to include a 1.2-litre turbo-charged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Previous reports had said that the Nexon compact SUV is likely to get six-speed AMT box.

Built on the heavily modified Tata X1 platform of the Indica, the Nexon SUV features the next generation Impact design philosophy of Tata. The front fascia of the Nexon flaunts the chrome Humanity Line on the upper grill featuring stylish projector headlamps with daytime running lamps (DRLs). The Nexon also gets LED tail-lamps with chrome accents, arising beltline and a floating roof uplifts the rear of the car. The SUV rides on 16 inch alloy wheels.

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