Tata Motors is working on a long-range version of the Nexon EV, which has been spotted testing on our roads recently. The long-range Tata Nexon EV is expected to hit the market in April, according to sources. The revised Nexon EV will have a larger battery and a few minor mechanical improvements, but we don’t expect any significant visual changes.
- Tata Nexon EV to get a larger 40kWh battery pack
- Expected to get a more powerful 6.6kW AC charger
- Price announcement by April this year
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Long-range Tata Nexon EV: what’s new?
This next version of the Nexon EV will have a larger 40kWh battery pack, as we exclusively reported in December of last year. This is 30% larger than the existing Nexon EV’s battery pack, which is 30.2kWh. The Nexon EV currently has an ARAI-certified range of 312 kilometres, indicating that the larger battery pack might give a range of over 400 kilometres on the official test cycle.
A more powerful charger could be another noticeable addition for the long-range Nexon EV. The long-range Nexon EV will be offered with a more powerful 6.6kW AC charger, according to leaked information on social media. The Nexon EV is now available with a 3.3kW AC charger that takes about 10 hours to fully charge the battery. Of course, a larger battery will take longer to charge. Tata may provide a 6.6kW AC charger as an option to tackle this, while the current 3.3kW AC charger is expected to be retained.
The Nexon EV’s floor pan will have to be modified to accommodate the larger battery pack, and the boot area is expected to be sacrificed. Given that EVs are becoming more common, and EV buyers will want more from their vehicles than just being a city runabout, it’s a fair trade-off for better range.
The revised Nexon EV is believed to include disc brakes on all four corners, as the SUV will become heavier as a result of the larger battery pack, necessitating more stopping power. Other updates could include new, selectable regen modes that alters the intensity of regenerative braking, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and a new design for the alloy wheels. We, however, do not expect any other significant cosmetic exterior or interior update.
Long-range Tata Nexon EV to be sold alongside current model
The Nexon EV long-range variant is estimated to cost between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 4 lakh more than the existing model. Tata Motors will, however, continue to offer the existing model alongside the long-range variant in order to retain multiple price points and meet the needs of diverse buyers.
The current Nexon EV’s main selling point is undoubtedly its well-balanced price-to-range ratio, which has struck a sweet spot among early electric vehicle users. It’s far less expensive than other electric SUVs on the market and meets all of the requirements for a city runabout. Meanwhile, the long-range version will be more expensive, but it will have a broader appeal and usability, attracting a new set of buyers. (Simonsezit)
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Long-range Tata Nexon EV: expected price and rivals
The Nexon EV is likely to cost between Rs 17 lakh and Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom). This means it will continue to be cheaper than competitors like the Hyundai Kona Electric and MG ZS EV, which are imported as CKD (fully knocked down) kits.
The MG ZS EV, on the other hand, is set for an update this month, which will have a larger battery. As a result, it should be able to put some distance between itself and the improved Nexon EV once more. While Hyundai will debut the Kona Electric facelift in India later this year, it is unclear whether it will include a larger battery.
If not, the Kona Electric and updated Nexon EV will have very comparable specs, but the Nexon EV would have an edge in its pricing.
Do you think the long-range Nexon EV will be suitable for outstation highway drives? Let us know in the comments below.
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