September 20, 2023
Tata Motors has unveiled the highly anticipated facelift of Nexon.ev in India, marking a milestone in the country’s electric vehicle (EV) market. With introductory prices starting from Rs 14.74 lakh for the entry-level MR variant and going up to Rs 19.94 lakh for the top-spec LR variant (ex-showroom, India), the Nexon.ev aims to redefine the EV segment. This update also marks the adoption of Tata’s new EV nomenclature, changing the name from Nexon EV to Nexon.ev.
The Nexon.ev is more than just a cosmetic facelift; it boasts mechanical updates that enhance both performance and range, making it a compelling option in the electric vehicle landscape. Notable features of the Nexon.ev include:
Two Battery Sizes (MR and LR): The Nexon.ev retains two battery sizes, offering versatility to consumers. The MR variant comes with a 30kWh battery, while the LR variant boasts a larger 40.5kWh battery.
Extended Range: The Nexon.ev boasts an impressive ARAI-rated range of up to 465km, a substantial improvement from the previous model, offering greater convenience for daily use and long journeys.
Exterior Design: Inspired by the Curvv concept, the Nexon.ev features a more aerodynamic design. The LED lighting elements have been upgraded to be more energy-efficient, resulting in improved overall range. Notable design changes include a single-tone, body-colored upper nose, a full-width LED Daytime Running Lamp signature with charging status indication, and a unique lower bumper design.
Interior and Features: Inside, the Nexon.ev shares its dashboard design with the facelifted ICE Nexon. It features a modern and refined interior with various textures and materials. The top-spec variant boasts a class-leading 12.3-inch touchscreen, a two-spoke illuminated steering wheel, a customizable 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster with navigation display, and touch-based HVAC controls with toggle switches. Additional features include a 360-degree camera, connected car technology, a wireless charger, ventilated front seats, air purifier, fast charging type-C ports, a single-pane sunroof, JBL-branded sound system, voice commands, OTA updates, and an Arcade.ev app suite.
Safety: Safety remains a priority, with standard features such as six airbags, ABS, ESC, front parking sensors, blind view monitor, ISOFIX anchors, hill descent and ascent control, all-wheel disc brakes, panic brake alert, and emergency and breakdown call assist.
Powertrain and Battery: The Nexon.ev is available in two variants, MR and LR, both equipped with fast-charging capabilities. The MR variant is powered by a 30kWh battery, while the LR variant features a larger 40.5kWh battery. The MR offers a range of 325km, while the LR variant extends that to an impressive 465km. Both variants can be charged from 10 to 100 percent in 4.3 hours for the MR and 6 hours for the LR. Additionally, the Nexon.ev now supports V2V (vehicle to vehicle) and V2L (vehicle to load) charging, allowing users to charge other electrical appliances or even another EV.
Performance: The Nexon.ev maintains its power outputs with the MR producing 129hp and 215Nm of torque, while the LR variant generates 145hp and 215Nm of torque. The MR variant offers a 0-100kph sprint time of 8.9 seconds, with a top speed of 150kph. It features three drive modes – Eco, City, and Sport – and offers four-level brake regeneration control via paddle shifters.
Variants: Tata Motors has categorized the MR and LR variants into three core trims: Creative, Fearless, and Empowered, each offering unique exterior colors and interior upholstery. These trims can be further customized with optional packages marked with a ‘+’. The MR variant is available across all three trims, while the LR variant is offered in the Fearless and Empowered trims.
The Tata Nexon.ev enters the market as a compelling option for those seeking an electric SUV with enhanced features, improved range, and a commitment to sustainability. With its competitive pricing and advanced technology, it is poised to make a significant impact on India’s EV landscape.
Tata currently has about 68.8% market share of electric cars sold in India, and are continuing to launch newer and better products accelerating the adoption of EVs in India.