Tata Nexon SUV EV First Test:
Can It Be Your Next Daily Ride? Can the Tata Nexon Electric be your next daily driver? Read our review of India’s first all-electric sub-four-meter SUV to find out!
Tata Motors is expanding its portfolio of electric vehicles and will shortly launch a fully electric derivative of Nexon in India. This will essentially be India’s first electric SUV with a length of less than four meters. We recently had the opportunity to test this vehicle in the city of Pune, and in this test we will give you our first impressions of what a game changer could be for the local automaker.
The Tata Nexon SUV EV is based on the Nexon facelift and therefore contains all design changes that the combustion derivative of this SUV has received with its mid-life update. The front panel of this SUV has been completely redesigned. The headlights now look sharper and continue to house projector units. The redesigned LED daytime running bar now also serves as a turn signal. Both the grille and the bumper get a new look that is much sharper in comparison.
From the side, the Nexon EV holds the swollen wheel arches, among which there are 16-inch light alloy wheels with a diamond cut. The A, B and C pillars have been darkened and this gives the Nexon EV in combination with the contrasting roof a very funky look. On the back, the scale of the design updates has been reduced by one level. The only new parts you see here are the redesigned taillights and the new bumper.
Overall, the Nexon EV looks very appealing, especially in the Teal Blue exterior color. Aesthetically speaking, it is a further development of the standard Nexon before the facelift and will certainly be an eye-catcher on the street.
The cabin layout of the Tata Nexon EV is identical to the standard Nexon. Yes, there are some unique design elements such as the blue highlights around the instrument cluster, the ventilation slots and the center tunnel. The door trim also has a new design. The seats are wrapped in synthetic leather, while the steering wheel is wrapped in leather. There is a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that offers better usability compared to the older device. It supports smartphone connectivity via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Tata Motors also introduced ZConnect, its connected car technology, on the Nexon EV. It offers 35 functions for networked vehicles such as security warnings, remote control commands, location-based services and much more.
The Nexon EV has been expanded with numerous new functions. The list includes an electric sunroof, automatic headlights and rain wipers as well as an electrically operated tailgate. However, these are only available in the XZ + Lux variant of the top specification. Overall, the cabin feels better built and assembled than the first generation Nexon.
Now we come to the most important part of how the Tata Nexon EV drives. First, let’s talk about what drives the electric SUV. Underneath is a 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery that drives the 3-phase electric motor. The electric motor in question produces 129 hp with a maximum torque of 245 Nm. The engine transfers the power to the front wheels using a single-stage automatic transmission.
There are two driving modes, namely sport and drive. According to Tata, there is a 60 percent difference in performance and torque in both modes. Under normal conditions, i.e. H. City trips, the driving mode is sufficient. You will not feel that an additional increase in performance is required. The sport mode, on the other hand, is a pleasure. The power development offered therein is quite intense and actually addictive. In sports mode, Tata claims that the Nexon EV can reach 0-100 km / h in just 9.9 seconds.
The battery of the Tata Nexon EV is located under the vehicle floor. This has helped to reduce the ground clearance by 40 mm and thus lower the center of gravity. As a result, the driving dynamics of the Nexon EV in a straight line and in wide bends are slightly better than with the standard Nexon. That means you feel the weight of the car, especially when braking.
The chassis of the Tata Nexon EV has also been redesigned to take the additional weight into account. Although still a bit stiffer, it absorbs shocks fairly well and offers decent stability at higher speeds. Tata has also improved the cabin insulation of the Nexon EV over the standard Nexon. This becomes apparent from the moment you start driving this E-SUV. Road noise is well limited, even at three-digit speeds. However, the huge rear-view mirrors produce slight wind noises.
Brakes of the electric Tata Nexon provide good feedback. If you drive at slow speed, you don’t need to use it much, as regenerative braking is enough to get the car on a creeping track. However, the system does not stop the car. The Nexon EV has a hill descent and hill support control. The former keeps the speed of the E-SUV limited to 16 to 18 km / h while driving downhill. The latter not only prevents the vehicle from moving backwards on an incline, it also crawls upwards without any gas actuation.
What about charging? Well, Tata Motors offers a two-stage charging system for the Nexon EV. A standard 15 amp charger is offered to charge this car from 20 to 100 percent in 8 hours. In addition, Tata Motors will install a 50 kWh charger at selected locations across the country that charges the Nexon EV batteries from 0 to 80 percent in 60 minutes.
When it comes to safety, the Tata Nexon SUV EV comes with double airbags and ABS with EBD. A curve stability control is also offered. The pre-facelift Tata Nexon received a commendable 5 stars in the Global NCAP crash tests. Although the Nexon EV has not been tested for accidents, you should expect similar performance.
The price of the Tata Nexon SUV EV is expected to be between 15 lakh and 17 lakh rupees. Yes, this price range is higher than that of the standard Nexon, but part of the extra money you pay is saved on your fuel bills over time. The Tata Nexon EV has the potential to become your next daily driver. It has all the functions and comfort you can expect from a vehicle in its class. It drives well, is powerful enough and at the same time offers impressive safety. The final piece of the puzzle will be a decent support charging infrastructure that is lacking in India at the time.
Extracted from the original source of article research and credit to : Financial express