Team AutoColumn is back again with one hot scoop from Tata Motors, this time it is 2016 Tata Osprey. Our scoopmeister spied the upcoming compact SUV from Tata Motors, which was showcased as Nexon in 2014 AutoExpo. Just like the names of the bird that came from Falcon, Pelican, Kite, Tata Motors codenamed this project as Osprey. This project is also known as X104 or Nexon. This is the first compact SUV from Tata Motors to enter in sub 4 meter category market. The car was doing testing rounds around Tata Motors factory and we caught first images of the vehicle which shows interiors, exterior and space in the vehicle.
The vehicle is under 4 meters and with dimensions it looks as wide as Renault Duster. The overall stance of the vehicle looks really tall and sturdy from the spy pics. Tata Motors has already confirmed that the Nexon will not look much different than the concept vehicle showcased and this image also shows many similar features of the Nexon as it was in the showcased concept model. The front grille is smiling type just like Tata Zica and wheel arches are bulged to give a big SUV feeling. The bonnet will be similar to Zica design language which also matches with Tata Motors new design philosophy.
The rear boot lid has chunky impression just above the bumper line, this will improve its SUV stance from the rear end. The boot lid will open upside unlike Ford EcoSport. The width of the vehicle looks very similar to Renault Duster and this will surely will have an impact on cabin space. All cars from Tata Motors has always one thing in common and its the segment leading in-cabin space. We are also sure that this compact SUV will also have best in class space as the rear seat image also looks equipped with ample legroom.
The dashboard of the Osprey looks very similar to recently launched Zica and also the steering is same. Tata Motors will have a common platform for this car and Zica and Sway siblings. The interiors of the vehicle will share lots of parts with Zica and Sway.
The rear door doesn’t include the third quarter glass and in that case it is sure that the rear glass travel is compromised to some limit just like Tata Zica,Ford Figo, Aspire. The door panel and dash looks very identical to Tata Zica. Front seats also looked like very similar to Tata Zica but rear seats will have more space and will be a bit wider compared to Tata Zica.
On the engine and transmission side, expect the same power-plant from Zica will come with this vehicle that includes 1.2 liter non turbo variant of the revvotron petrol engine and the 1 liter 3 cylinder diesel engine. The diesel engine is same as the company’s very own CR4 engine, but with one less cylinder and more punch. There will be high chances that this compact vehicle will come with AMT option as well.
In terms of pricing, Tata Motors is expected to position this vehicle in range of 7lakh to 10 lakh from base petrol variant to top end diesel variant. Stay tuned for more updates on this hot upcoming compact SUV from Tata Motors.