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The Tata Nexon EV is one of 13 different models offered by the Tata company. The price of this SUV is very affordable, and there are six distinct models to choose from. The Tata Nexon EV’s transmission options are restricted to automatic exclusively. The Nexon EV has a maximum power output of 129 PS.
Mahindra Thar and MG Hector are two of the company’s primary competitors.
Naturally, our review will cover all of the new features of the Tata Nexon EV.
After all, it previews all of the new stylistic highlights and features that the Tata Nexon will receive as part of the conventional facelift. Yes, it provides a quiet driving experience, rapid torque, and everything else you’ve come to expect from electric vehicles. But why should you choose the Nexon EV over a diesel or gasoline vehicle, and what is the absolute minimum range you can anticipate in the real world?
E-Motor, Transmission, and Performance
The automatic transmission and FWD (front-wheel drive) arrangement support the Nexon EV’s performance.
The Tigor EV is a good starting point for Tata’s mainstream electric car lineup, but it’s not enough to make EVs appealing. With the Nexon EV, this is not the case. It has a respectable 129PS/245Nm available and is based on a distinct EV design. You’re in the ecozone of the graph even at 80-100kmph, and it feels as calm at 100kmph as it does at 30kmph.
The electric motor of the Tata Nexon EV produces 127 horsepower and 245 Nm. This motor is connected to a single-speed automatic transmission and sends power to the front wheels. There are two drive modes: D (drive) and S (steer) (sport).
If you’re unfamiliar with electric vehicles, the Nexon EV’s silence will astound you. When you switch to S mode, you’ll see how eager the Nexon EV is to drive forward. As is the case with electric vehicles, peak torque is available right away, as is the throttle response, which is razor-sharp. Tata boasts that the car can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in less than 9.9 seconds, which isn’t unexpected.
The “D” mode is ideal for leisurely city driving and occasional interstate drives, but the “S” mode is what gets the blood pumping. While this setting is the most enjoyable, the driving range is reduced by at least 25%-30%.
In all modes, the highest speed is electrically limited to 120 kmph. When you take your foot off the accelerator, the brake-regeneration energy kicks in. In reality, re-generation can assist in extending the driving range by a few kilometers. Furthermore, the battery pack’s IP67 rating assures that it is both water and dust proof. Despite the fact that the ARAI-approved driving range is 317km, we anticipate the real-world range will be between 250 and 260 kilometers. The driving range is also affected by the driving conditions.
Battery Capacity, Range, and Charge
The Tata Nexon EV is powered by a 30.2 kWh battery pack.
The Tata Nexon EV is a package that is well-thought-out. While the promised range of 312 kilometers may be difficult to achieve, with a little patience, you should be able to obtain 200-250 kilometers on a single charge.
As for charging options, you have two options:
- Option 1: DC rapid charging, which takes an hour to charge a battery from 0% to 80% capacity. Our test revealed that lowering the battery to zero is a difficult operation, so if you have some charge left over, you should be looking at a duration of 30–40 minutes.
- Option 2: AC charging at home (3.3kW charger), which takes 8 hours to charge from 20% to 100%.
The Interior and Exterior Design of The Tata Nexon EV
The exterior of the Nexon EV
The Tata Nexon EV is a five-door vehicle with front vented disc brakes, an independent McPherson strut with coil spring suspension and rear drum brakes, as well as a twist beam with dual path strut suspension and R16 wheels.
At first glance, the Tata Nexon EV appears to be identical to its ICE counterparts. Surprisingly, the EV version of the Nexon was released first, followed by the ICE variants.
Let’s start with what sets the EV apart from the standard Nexon. To begin with, the electric SUV has a tinge of electric blue highlighted in various areas. The EV badge on the grille, the blue U-shaped chrome strip, the C-shaped fog light surround, and finally the bi-arrow design. Moving to the side, the blue strip replaces the ceramic-like accent, which we think looks fantastic. A similar design may also be seen at the back and around the reflector surround.
Even if the visual changes are slight, Tata has managed to give the Nexon a completely new soul for 2020. The Nexon, on the other hand, is a more mature and attractive SUV.
In fact, we’d argue it’s the best-looking sub-4-meter SUV on the market right now! It looks like a tiny Range Rover Evoque thanks to the lower hood and crisper design of the halogen projector headlights.
This Tata Nexon EV makeover looks trendy and takes a fresh approach to establish itself in the market. The headlights have been replaced, and the Y-shaped daytime running lights now double as turn indicators. The hat is now higher and flatter than it was previously. This was done in order to comply with pedestrian safety regulations.
The front air dam’s bi-arrow shape is more appealing than the ICE version. Perhaps it’s because of the electric blue color it’s painted in. Except for the EV badging on the front fender and the newly designed 16-inch diamond-cut dual-tone alloy wheels, the side profile is unchanged from the previous generation. The back also gets the same Y-shaped LED pattern as the front, as well as the blue strip that runs the length of the boot.
Can you tell the Tata Nexon EV from the regular Nexon, though? No, not in terms of design. To make the EV stand out, blue highlights are added to the fog lamps, front grilles, shoulder line, and even the rear. Apart from the ‘EV‘ badges all throughout, there’s also a Ziptron emblem at the back to identify the electric vehicle technology that drives this SUV.
The interior of the Nexon EV
Tata has made a few modest adjustments within the cabin to give it a fresh look. The plastic panel on the dashboard has been painted black. It does make the interior seem nicer than before, especially when contrasted with the Nexon EV’s blue accents. The materials used also feel a little nicer to the touch, but the trim quality on the XUV300 and Venue is still significantly superior.
The Tata Nexon EV features a 350-liter boot space as well as a fuel tank. 205 mm ground clearance, 1606 mm height, 1400 kg kerb weight, 3994 mm length, 56 m turning radius, 2498 mm wheelbase, 1811 mm width. The EV is a five-seater car with rake adjustable steering, analogue and digital instrument console, multifunction display, multifunction steering wheel, power steering, all-row power windows, rear amrest, and start/stop button.
The entire design appears to be luxury, and Tata has stepped up its game to meet its competitors’ style quotient. The dual-tone black and grey color scheme gives the cabin a lightness, and the chrome blue accents in different locations give the impression that you’re driving an electric vehicle. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available as connectivity options on the floating touchscreen infotainment system. The driving range, power usage, charge level, and other information are all shown on the touchscreen.
The majority of the interior hasn’t changed, so you’ll still receive amenities like auto air conditioning, rear air vents, push-button start, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The inclusion of features such as auto headlights, auto wipers, and white leatherette upholstery is what’s new. The Nexon EV does, after all, have a sunroof.
The flat-bottom steering wheel was taken straight from an Altroz. The door pads of the top-spec XZ+ Lux model are covered in off-white leatherette. Cleaning the off-white door pads will undoubtedly be a challenge in the long run. The piano black detailing on several portions of the inside adds to the Nexon EV’s luxury feel.
An electric sunroof, cruise control, push-button start/stop, power-folding ORVMs, rain-sensing wipers, rear AC vents, automated projector headlights, keyless entry, a colourful multi-information display, and more are included in the Nexon EV’s top-spec edition.
The Tata Nexon EV’s interior quality is superior, and it provides the value you pay for. The seats are spacious and comfy, with enough legroom and under-thigh support. Overall, the dual-tone treatment gives the cabin a luxurious sense, and the motorized sunroof adds to the airiness.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Tata Altroz EV now has a combined steering wheel and instrument cluster.
As a result, the driver information system now has a 7-inch display.
The Tata Nexon EV is also equipped with linked vehicle technology. You can now monitor your car’s health data, adjust the air conditioner, manage the door locks, set up a geo-fence, and even track and immobilize your Nexon remotely using the ZConnect app.
Aside from the technology, the Tata Nexon EV provides a similar experience. It’s still a really comfortable cabin for four adults, with large, well-cushioned chairs that appeal to your lazy side. No, the battery pack hasn’t raised the cabin’s entry point, so getting in and out is still simple. Yes, even the 350-liter cargo area is unchanged, so there’s no compromise in terms of practicality or utility when compared to the Nexon you’re used to.
Driving & Safety
From a safety standpoint, the Tata Nexon EV comes standard with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX. Hill-hold and hill-descent assist are also included, as well as cornering fog lights, rear parking sensors, and a backup camera.
While the conventional Nexon earns a 5-star safety rating from Global NCAP, the Nexon EV receives some structural reinforcements up front and will pass its own crash test. Tata expects a 5-star rating here as well.
Besides ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and Central Locking, EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), this SUV is equipped with Hill Assist, ISOFIX (Child-Seat Mount), and 2 airbags. From a comfort standpoint, all rows have adjustable headrests, glove box cooling, smart key keyless entry, and a front 12V power outlet.
In the Global NCAP crash testing, the Tata Nexon became the first Indian SUV to receive a 5-star rating. With this in mind, it’s clear that the electric version, which has many features in common with its ICE siblings, provides a high level of protection. The electric form of this B-SUV, on the other hand, has yet to make it to G-test NCAP’s beds. This essentially implies that the Tata Nexon EV is the safest electric car available in its price range.
The Tata Nexon EV is all we dreamed of in a vehicle. Smooth? Sure, Silent? Of course, its usefulness is what truly shines out. The speed obtained is directly proportional to the amount of throttle used. Above all, even for someone who has never driven an electric car before, the torque delivery is quite quick and easy to handle. When you combine that with a single-speed automatic transmission, you’ve got yourself a hassle-free driving experience. Surprisingly, the gear selector is a dial, identical to the one used in the petrol and diesel Nexon to adjust the driving modes.
Despite the fact that the Tata Nexon EV is based on the normal Nexon, the SUV‘s characteristics have been altered due to the large battery pack beneath the cabin floor. Due to the added weight of 100 kg, the riding quality is slightly improved. The springs are firmer than before, and potholes and rough spots in the road are readily overcome without causing passengers any pain. The ride quality, on the other hand, is a little stiff at low speeds. Body roll is nicely controlled at high cornering speeds.
Cruising or overtaking is quite simple, whether in the city or on the highway. Simply put, as long as you’re in the regular D (drive) mode, the behavior is intuitive. When it comes to sports, it could be a real pain. The throttle response is more sensitive here, and you may find yourself braking more quickly as the car accelerates more quickly. Even on the highway, this mode isn’t necessary; it’s simply something you may activate for a more interesting ride.
The steering wheel is accurate, with a nice amount of heaviness in the “S” mode. What’s more, the steering wheel seems light at low speeds, but as the speed grows, the firmness of the steering gives the driver confidence.
The EV’s brakes are powerful enough to bring the beast down from high speeds. The front brakes are discs, while the rear brakes are drums.
We utilized the D mode for our 0-100 kmph testing! Tata claims a time of 9.9 seconds from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour. We were able to get a time of 9.52 seconds with our VBOX attached. That’s with two passengers on board and some luggage. While we can’t call this our final tested 0-100kmph time, it offers us plenty of cause to be positive. However, there is a snag. The highest speed is limited to 120 kmph to protect the battery’s life and range. So, while it can easily hit 120 km/h, it can’t go any faster. However, you may drive at 120kmph all day because the Nexon EV is unaffected at that pace.
Tata Nexon EV Prices
The Tata Nexon EV has a starting price of 19037 USD and may go up to 22514 USD.
The Tata Nexon EV is available in five variations, with the XM being the base model and the highest variant, the Tata Nexon EV XZ Plus Lux Dark Edition, costing $2,512 USD.
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|Nexon EV XZ Plus LUX
|Nexon EV XZ Plus
|Nexon EV XZ Plus Lux Dark Edition
|Nexon EV XZ Plus Dark Edition
|Nexon EV XM
- You Can Also Read Our Tata Altroz EV Review.