The compact SUV segment in India is quickly becoming one of the most hotly contested segment. After enjoying a monopoly in this segment for a few years, the Ford EcoSport has come under fire from both the Mahindra TUV300 and the recently launched Maruti Vitara Brezza. And it’s only going to get more competitive with the arrival of new products such as the Tata Nexon early next year. The latter was on display at the Auto Expo recently in an almost production-ready guise. It managed to raise more than a few eyebrows thanks to the striking exterior design. Although the launch is still some time away from us, based on our expectations and details that have been revealed by Tata, here’s a look at how the upcoming compact SUV from Tata compares with current rivals in our Tata Nexon vs Vitara Brezza vs EcoSport spec sheet comparison.
Tata Nexon vs Vitara Brezza vs EcoSport – Price Comparison
|Tata Nexon*||Maruti Vitara Brezza^||Ford EcoSport|
|INR 7 – 10 lacs||INR 6.99 – 9.58 lacs||INR 7.29 – 9.75 lacs|
*estimated, ^ex-showroom, New Delhi
Ford gave the EcoSport a massive price cut following the launch of the Vitara Brezza, which means the price gap, especially between the top level trims of the EcoSport and Brezza, is not much anymore. Also, bear in mind, the prices of the Vitara Brezza are introductory and will go up in the coming months. We’re expecting the Tata Nexon to undercut the petrol variants of the EcoSport albeit by a small margin. The diesel variants of the Nexon are expected to launch at starting price of INR 7 lacs. This will put it at par with the Brezza and the EcoSport.
Tata Nexon vs Vitara Brezza vs EcoSport – Features
As is the case with most new Tata products, the Nexon will come loaded with equipment including. The final list of features will only be revealed close to the launch. The Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport come similarly equipped with features like pilot lamps, automatic climate control, auto headlamps, dual front airbags and ABS, etc. Top spec Titanium+ trim of the Ford EcoSport is offered with 6 airbags. Additionally, the Brezza is offered with dual tone paint options, multiple backlight options for the instrument console and a touchscreen infotainment system. Even the Nexon, based on the what was showcased at the Auto Expo will come with a dual tone paint scheme, projector headlamps, touchscreen infotainment system and more.
Tata Nexon vs Vitara Brezza vs EcoSport Comparison of Specifications
|Tata Nexon||Maruti Vitara Brezza||Ford EcoSport|
|Type||1.5 L Diesel||1.3 L Diesel||1.5 L Diesel|
|Power||110 bhp||89 bhp||99 bhp|
|Torque||230 Nm||200 Nm||205 Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT; 5-Speed AMT (Optional)||5-speed Manual||5-speed Manual|
|Mileage||-NA-||24.3 kpl||22.7 kpl|
The Brezza shares its engine with the S-Cross/Ciaz, which makes it the least powerful of the lot. No petrol on offer yet. In addition to the new 1.5 L diesel, Tata will also offer the Nexon with a 1.2 L turbocharged petrol engine that is expected to churn out close to a 100 bhp of max. power. Ford offers the EcoSport with one diesel engine, as mentioned above, and two petrol engine options including a 1.5 L TDCi and a 1.0 L EcoBoost. The latter even comes with an optional 6-speed dual clutch automatic. We expect Tata to offer the Nexon with an optional AMT gearbox when launched.
Tata Nexon vs Vitara Brezza vs EcoSport Design Comparison
Design will be the Nexon’s biggest selling point and it’s not hard to see why. The designers have not deviated much from the concept that was showcased a few years back as you get the same coupe-like silhouette and cab-forward design. In stark contrast to Nexon, the Vitara Brezza gets a very simple, two-box shape that isn’t as eye-catching as the Nexon or even the EcoSport. That said, it still looks elegant and is sure to please everyone. The EcoSport might have been around for a long time now, but it still remains on the better looking small SUVs out there.
The interiors of the Nexon are unlike anything we have seen from Tata yet. The dashboard comes finished in a dual tone colour scheme with a floating touchscreen placed above the centre console. The steering wheel is the only familiar element here. Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza features an all-black dashboard complete with a touchscreen infotainment system and multiple colour options for the instrument console, and dual tone paint schemes. The interiors of the EcoSport follow the same aggressive design theme as the exteriors with the highlights being the striking centre console and hooded dials.
Tata Nexon vs Vitara Brezza vs EcoSport Comparison Verdict
Design – It all comes down to personal taste really. Maruti could’ve added a little more flair to the Vitara Brezza’s design like Ford did to the EcoSport’s. From the looks of it, the Tata Nexon will be the most stylish SUV amongst the three.
Features – Both the Vitara Brezza and the EcoSport are very well equipped in terms of features. And we expect the Nexon to be equally well equipped, if not better.
Specifications – The Maruti Vitara Brezza gets only a diesel engine. The Nexon is expected to get an all new petrol engine along with a new 1.5 L diesel. Ford offers the choice of three engines with the EcoSport.
Price – As always, the price will play a major role in deciding the result of the Tata Nexon vs Vitara Brezza vs EcoSport comparison. As with most Tata products, the Tata Nexon is expected to be a good value-for-money product. The Ford EcoSport is only marginally more expensive than the Maruti Vitara Brezza.
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