The compact SUV of Tata Nexon has hit the taxi circuit and here is the first photo of such an example from Kerala. This specific copy has recently been spotted by Mr. Bobby Paul outside the international airport of Kochi. This is the very first time that the Nexon in India has been spotted with yellow plates. This specific example is the basic variant of the compact SUV, which is standard in the taxi circuit.
The Nexon is built into the taxi room and that is no surprise, because the vehicle has a spacious rear seat, which gives it a few notches above the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Brezza – the main competitors in the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment.
While we still see taxi variants of the facelifted Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Vitara Brezza, there are a lot of yellow Mahindra TUV300s with yellow signs that do taxis in many parts of India. While the Nexon that hits the taxi circuit, Tata Motors will bring a lot of incremental sales, some existing owners of the compact SUV already complain that the & # 39; image & # 39; of the compact SUV will be disadvantageous if too many Nexons flood the taxi circuit.
Tata Motors has worked hard to make its image of an automaker who builds cars mainly for the taxi circuit, and it will be interesting to see if Tata actually stimulates the sales of the Nexon. Given the fact that sales of personal cars can slow in the coming years, with app-based cab aggregators and self-driving car operators taking over a large part of the market, the taxi segment is something that no automaker can ignore.
The Nexon sold in India is available with two engine options: a 1.2-liter turbo-petrol engine with 108 hp and a 1.5-liter diesel with turbocharger and 108 hp 260 Nm. The best priced compact SUV of India, prices of the Nexon start from Rs. 6,29 lakhs, which can significantly undermine the will of the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Brezza.
Tata currently sells an average of 4,000 units of the Nexon on average each month. Hitting the taxi circuit could easily add a fifth to these numbers. The question remains, Tata will want the Nexon to be seen in the taxi segment.