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Tata Motors Reveals Its New Nexon SUV Concept!

The developing nation of India promises huge potentials in every industry related field, and the automobile industry is no far behind! The country’s appetite for crossover SUVs has grown many folds during the last few years, with numerous major car makers like BMW, Audi, Renault, Ford, etc. introducing their respective models in the market and earning out huge profits. However, the nation’s very own leading automaker, Tata Motors has now decided to enter the sector as well! The largely successful company revealed its new Nexon Crossover SUV Concept at the 2014 Auto Expo that was organised in the country’s capital city. The company, working on its oath to present the country with two new vehicles every year, had also unveiled two more concepts at the event – the Tata Bolt and the Tata Zest.

The Tata Nexon Concept has been precisely aimed to compete against the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster SUVs, which have currently occupied large proportions of the SUV market of the country. Also, India’s other major automobile company, Maruti, has planned to launch a SUV in the crossover segment as well. The Nexon SUV will be known by the name Maruti XA Alpha.

The Nexon SUV concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo was quite fancy and impressive! The company revealed the vehicle with scissor doors as well as floating seats. The exterior was painted a bright blue, and the interiors featured a neon blue touch throughout’ imparting a futuristic touch to the Nexon SUV. However, the production model of the SUV will be very much different from the one mentioned above. Unfortunately, the amazing floating seats will not be present in the production model, nor will be the scissor doors. The company also stated that the exteriors of the cars are also largely tentative. However, there might be no or very slight changes to the dimensions of the vehicle, which means that the car would stay a crossover only. The vehicle is currently 4 metres long, 1.6 metres tall and 1.73 metres wide. The body is built on the X1 platform, with a wheel base of 2.54 metres.

Under the hood, the Nexon SUV features a 3 cylinder 1200cc engine powered by petrol. The engine will be fed a turbocharged fuel mixture, enabling it to churn out a total of 110 PS of maximum power and 170 Nm of torque. The Nexon SUV will offer a 5 speed automatic transmission system and the vehicle will deliver an impressive fuel economy of over 17.5 kilometres per litre! The company showcased the Nexon SUV with a 17 inch wheel set. However, it is being said that the vehicle will come with a 16 inch wheel set after production.

As far as customization options are considered, the company said that the Nexon SUV will feature a very wide array of customizable features, the most notable one being the option of including an electric four wheel drive system. So far, the concept promises a lot! After the Mahindra XUV 500 has been exported to various foreign markets, let’s see how this Indian SUV fares!

Honda’s New Vision XS – 1 SUV Replaces Vezel!

The 2014 Auto Expo held in India a few weeks earlier saw a very large number of new cars and vehicles line up for display. Many companies of all statures brought their vehicles to the event and flaunted them to the Indian markets. Most of them, of course, had the Indian market on their minds while they were planning to bring their models here. One of these well planned models at the 2014 Auto Expo was the Honda Vision XS – 1 Crossover SUV concept. The SUV has been well planned for the Indian markets and roads, and also features some of the most modern accessories and features of the SUV World.

One thing to note about the Honda Vision XS – 1 concept is that although it is quite small and compact, it features a capacity to carry seven passengers at one time. Yes, it features a third row of seats as well! The concept SUV is very literally a living proof of Ford’s capabilities to fit in all that a local market requires in an appropriate amount of compact space. However, contrary to what one may assume, the interior space of the vehicle appears to be quite spacious and comfortable!

The Honda Vision XS – 1 is quite largely compared to one of the company’s previous compact suv concepts, the Honda Vezel. The Vezel concept SUV was not received very well by SUV lovers as critics. However, the Honda Vision XS – 1 concept is clearly a much more emphatic version of the Vezel concept SUV. As far as the looks of the Honda Vision XS – 1 are considered, it can be said to be a much sportier version of the previous Vezel SUV concept. It will be quite worthy of mentioning that the Honda Vezel concept was unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, and might soon be seen riding the streets of the United States of America.

The technical specifications and features of the car are pretty much unknown to the outside world as the company decided to keep these details to themselves for a while. But as far as the build of the vehicle is considered, one can expect an in line 4 cylinder engines, with a displacement of around 1400cc. The engine would most probably produce a power of around 140 Horse Power and a torque of over 120 Nm. Acceleration statstics of the vehicle are expected to show that it will be capable of going form rest to a speed of 62 miles per hour (100 kilometres per hour) in 10.5 seconds, which is fairly good for a SUV like this one. The top speed is expected to be 120 miles per hour (193 kilometres per hour).

One of the unique things about the car is its doors. The SUV features sliding doors, which are seen only in vans so far. Also, Honda stated quite clearly that the  Honda Vision XS – 1 will feature the new “Exciting H Design!!!” that the company recently introduced. The three exclamation marks in the name stand for ‘High Tech’, ‘High Tension’ and ‘High Touch’.

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