The Tata Nexon EV is powered by Tata’s Ziptron powertrain with 129 bhp and has a claimed range of about 300 km. The Nexon EV also previews the standard Nexon facelift.
Like a lot of manufacturers, Tata Motors too have quite a busy year ahead in 2020. They have quite a few new models and facelifts lined up for launch through the course of the year. Tata Motors will be launching the Altroz hatchback on January 22 in India and that will be followed by the launch of the Nexon EV on January 28. The Tata Nexon EV also previews the facelift for the regular Nexon that too is scheduled for a launch in the coming weeks.
Tata is offering the Nexon EV in three variants – XM, XZ and XZ+ Luxury. These are just like variants of the regular Nexon. The base Nexon EV XM will come with features like automatic climate control, two drive modes for the motor (Drive and Sport), keyless entry and push-button start. The XZ+ trim adds dual-tone colour options, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a rear camera, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The top-spec XZ+ LUX variant will come with a sunroof, leatherette seats, and automatic wipers and headlights.
The Nexon EV gets a 30.2 kWh lithium-ion IP67 rated battery pack with liquid cooling. The electric motor is able to punch out 95 kW (129 BHP) and 245 Nm of peak torque, with a single-speed transmission. You can also select between two driving modes – Drive and Sport. In the sport mode, you get a power boost of up to 60%. Tata Motors is yet to reveal the official range, but they say that it will be above 300 kms. Also remains unknown if their claimed mileage is from real-world testing or ARAI-claimed. In case if its ARAI-claimed, expect it to be down by 20-30% in real-world driving conditions.
Tata Motors will be providing standard AC chargers for home or offices, with the Nexon EV. The charger will come completely free of cost and will fully charge the Nexon EV in 8-9 hours. The nexon EV also comes with fast charging capabilities and using a DC fast charger, you can charge the batteries from 0 to 80% in just about an hour. This will be done at public charging stations. The Nexon EV also features energy regeneration function to replenish the battery when the SUV is coasting. Tata is also offering an 8-year/1,60,000km warranty on the Nexon EV’s battery and motor as standard.
Tata Motors has confirmed that it will be priced between Rs 15-17 Lakhs. As of now, it will face no competition in its price range. Hyundai Kona EV and MG ZS EV are two other electric SUVs, but they will demand over 20 Lakhs. Mahindra is developing the electric XUV300, which should be unveiled next year. Other cars that you can expect to see from Tata Motors at the 2020 Auto Expo include the production-spec H2X SUV, the Gravitas and the Altroz EV. Other than that, the Tata will also introduce the facelifts for the Tiago and Tigor, and the BS6 Harrier automatic with a sunroof this year.