Some vloggers adopt a modern technique of using an electronic device to test the thickness of the sheetmetal of various cars.
In this video, the sheetmetal thickness of the new Tata Nexon and Maruti Brezza is tested. Tata Motors has introduced the new Nexon recently. It was a thorough update incorporating changes to the exterior, as well as the interior. It was already among the top-selling compact SUVs in the country for a long time now. On the other hand, Brezza is a prominent product in this category from the largest carmaker in the country. That makes this comparison quite interesting indeed. Here are the details.
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Tata Nexon vs Maruti Brezza Sheetmetal Thickness
This video comes from Motor Torsion on YouTube. The vlogger has the device with which he tests the sheetmetal thickness of each and every component. These include bonnet, side body, fenders, roof, side pillars, underbody, tailgate, etc. For Nexon, the outer sheet thickness ranges between 1.3 to 1.4 mm for the bonnet. The fenders measured around 2.3 mm, the roof was 1.3 mm, the front bumper was 9.2 mm, the internal structure was between 1.7 to 2.3 mm, the underbody frame was 3.6 mm and the base was around 5.1 mm thick.
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The YouTuber then performs the same test for the Brezza. Here, the story is slightly different. The outer sheet was around 0.7 to 1.2 mm, the fenders were 0.7 mm, the roof was 0.8 mm, the bumper was 8.2 mm, the internal structure was 1.6 mm, the underbody frame was 2.5 mm and the base was 2.8 mm thick. All these figures are marginally lower than the Nexon compact SUV. That is the reason why the weight of the Nexon is also more than Brezza.
|Parameter||Tata Nexon||Maruti Brezza|
|Outer Sheet||1.3-1.4 mm||0.7-1.2 mm|
|Fenders||2.3 mm||0.7 mm|
|Roof||1.3 mm||0.8 mm|
|Bumper||9.2 mm||8.2 mm|
|Internal Structure||1.7-2.3 mm||1.6 mm|
|Underbody Frame||3.6 mm||2.5 mm|
|Base||5.1 mm||2.8 mm|
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What We Think
Although these tests are becoming more common these days, we must understand that these are not substitutes for crash tests. In fact, even the vlogger issues this disclaimer. The process and functionality of the official crash tests are completely different. It takes into account the technical structural strength and how the vehicle will perform in unfortunate incidents. Additionally, it tests the passive and active safety features of cars. Hence, we must take such videos with a pinch of salt and not jump to conclusions.
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