Nexon, the first 5-star made in India rated by Global NCAP is known for its build quality, among other things. Nexon offers a variety of safety features and even with the basic variant, Tata offers features like ABS and EBD, ESP, dual airbags, electronic traction control, and more. While most of us don’t use safety features and are unfamiliar with the uses, here is a video that explains how ESP can be useful on slippery surfaces.
Video made by Sassy Hills shows Tata Nexon going down a slippery slope. That’s when the traction control system cuts in and ensures that there is enough grip available for the tires. The video shows the Tata Nexon approaching the incline with momentum and coming up the road quite easily and smoothly.
To demonstrate the use of traction control, then it approaches the same slope but stops at the beginning of the slope. After losing momentum, the climb begins and the video shows the left front wheel turning without any traction. However, the right side tire did no such thing. The video shows that the system was working on the left wheel so that the wheel has enough traction. This is how ESP works by detecting loss of traction in the wheels and then interrupting to make sure the wheel doesn’t spin aimlessly.
The Tata ESP system cannot be turned off on the Nexon. In many other vehicles, there is a way to turn it off when the driver feels like driving enthusiastically and doing a few wheel turns. Nonetheless, the traction control system is quite an important feature, especially if you stay in the area where it rains heavily. Even on loose gravel and sand, traction control can come into play and help the vehicle stay in control.
The Nexon is one of the popular choices in the compact SUV segment under 4m. It competes with brands such as Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport and the like. It is powered by gasoline and diesel engine options. The petrol variants get the 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 110 hp and a maximum torque of 170 Nm. The diesel variants get the 1.5-liter engine that generates the same 110 hp, but the torque is much higher, reaching a maximum of 260 Nm. Both engine options offer manual and AMT automatic transmission. In fact, the Nexon is the only vehicle in the segment to offer AMT with both segment engine options.
Earlier this year, Tata released a revamped variant of the Nexon with some visual changes and an updated gasoline engine that now offers more power. Tata also offers an electric version of the Nexon and it is the best-selling electric vehicle in India today. Next year, Tata plans to launch the new production vehicle based on the HBX concept, the Tata Gravitas, and the turbocharged variant of the gasoline Altroz with DCT automatic transmission.