The all-electric Tata Nexon is India’s first homegrown SUV to be powered by a battery pack and a motor. Based on the facelifted version of the Nexon, it is being offered in three trim levels – XM, XZ Plus and XZ Plus Luxe. The last among those gaining leatherette seats and a sunroof. The Nexon EV will retail through a store-in-store concept at Croma outlets and will be available at 60 outlets across 22 cities. Test drives can be booked online and there will be a free home charging device installed at customer’ location. More than 300 Tata Power fast-charging stations will be available across select cities by March 2020, the number going up to 650 by 2021. Owners of the Nexon EV will be able to charge at preferential rates here and on-demand mobile charging will be available in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad.
Like all latest electric vehicles, the Tata Nexon EV employs an FWD setup and its 30.2 kWh battery pack is liquid-cooled, dust and waterproof, and meets IP67 standards. Its permanent-magnet AC motor develops 129 PS and 245 Nm of instant torque from a standstill, enabling the Nexon EV to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 9.9 seconds. The battery pack is placed underneath the vehicle body, giving the SUV a centre of gravity more akin to that of a sedan or a hatchback, also ensuring 50:50 weight distribution. The Nexon EV offers two drive modes – DRIVE & SPORT. It also features regenerative braking to charge the battery while coasting (stays always ON), Hill Ascent & Descent Assist and Smart Regen with Creep feature to tackle congested city traffic with ease.
The Nexon EV can wade through 300mm of water and has been tested in harsh weather conditions across India. The EV’s batteries promise a range of more than 300 kms on a single charge with zero emissions. When plugged into a Fast DC Charger, the batteries can replenish 80% of their capacity within 60 minutes. In addition, the Nexon EV can be charged from any 15 amp plug point and then the batteries take 8 hours to go from 20% to 100%. A connected vehicle, the Nexon EV offers 35 Mobile App based connected features, ranging from remote commands, vehicle tracking, driving behaviour analytics, navigation and remote diagnostics.
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The ZConnect App enables owners to locate the nearby charging points, TML service stations, set-up speed alerts, track vehicle location and many more features. On the inside, the layout is similar to the existing ICE-powered Nexon, and there’s a 7 inch Harman infotainment system which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a new steering wheel which looks great and a semi-digital instrument console. The base version has to do without the touchscreen and gets steel wheels instead of alloys. The Nexon EV will offer a standard warranty of 8 years or 1,60,000 kms (whichever is earlier) on its battery & motor and 3 years/ 1.25 lakh kilometres on the vehicle.
It will be offered in three colours – Signature Teal Blue, Moonlit Silver and Glacier White. Dual-tone paint options are available on the mid and top-spec trim. The car can also be owned without any down payment and will be available through subscription plans ranging from 4 years to 12 months. Outright, it can be bought at attractive interest rates for a loan tenure of up to 8 years and there are lease plans for corporate employees too.