Tata introduced an update to one of its most popular models, the Tata Nexon last week. What accompanied the ICE version of this sub-compact SUV is the Tata Nexon EV variant which also comes with a host of features and new styling. Even though the Nexon EV now starts at a slightly higher price tag, it justifies it with the upgrades that the Indian carmaker is providing.
Tata Nexon EV facelift price
The new Tata Nexon EV starts at an ex-showroom price of Rs 14.74 Lakh and goes up to Rs 19.94 Lakh. This is pretty much the same bracket as the outgoing Nexon EV.
Tata Nexon EV facelift vs old Tata Nexon EV: battery, range, performance
The Tata Nexon EV Prime and Max have been replaced by Tata Nexon EV Medium Range (MR) and Long Range (LR) options. The MR comes with a 30kWh battery and 325Km range compared to Nexon EV Prime’s 30.2kWh battery and 312Km range. The LR on the other hand features a 40.5kWh battery similar to the last-generation model but upgraded 465Km range compared to 437Km thanks to lesser weight and better efficiency.
The new Gen 2 motor on the Nexon EV actually produces less power at 215Nm compared to 250Nm on the Nexon EV Max but both still go from 0-100Km/h in just under nine seconds. The new Nexon comes with V2V or V2L technology which can charge other EVs or even power up appliances from your Nexon EV’s charging port. The car still fast charges at the same 56-minute figure if a DC charger is used.
Multi-mode Regen can now be adjusted using paddle shifters. The same Eco, City and Sports drive modes are still present and can now be adjusted with a knob. The battery is protected with an IP67 water and dust resistance rating and is still liquid-cooled.
Tata Nexon EV facelift vs old Tata Nexon EV: exteriors, safety
While the new Tata Nexon EV is still a facelift, it does come with new styling that makes it a pretty big upgrade. The Smart Digital DRLs can perform “hello” and “goodbye” sequences and also act as a charging indicator. The R16 alloys look modern with aero-inserts and even the taillights are now end-to-end connected.
The rear wiper is now smartly hidden under the integrated spoiler and covers more area. The new Nexon EV also comes in more colours compared to the outgoing model with bolder options. The boot features the same 350-litre capacity. There is no “EV” badge at the front but the tailgate adopts a big “Nexon.ev” logo.
The new Nexon retains a lot of safety features from its predecessors like ESP with iVBAC, hill hold and ascent control, ISOFIX anchorage, four disc brakes, auto hold, ABS with EBD and BA and electronic parking brake. The major upgrade here is the inclusion of six airbags compared to dual airbags on the previous model. There are now 360-degree cameras, blind spot view monitoring and SOS call button features too. ZConnect app ensures total control over the car, remotely, through your smartphone.
Tata Nexon EV facelift vs old Tata Nexon EV: interiors, features
Starting with the seating, the Nexon EV retains ventilated driver and passenger seats. A rear AC vent, cruise control, auto rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps, cooled glove box, 60:40 rear seat split, rear armrest, and electric sunroof make a comeback to the new model. The steering wheel has been redesigned and lights up as the car starts. The seats and dashboard are dual-toned and adopt colours from the exterior colour you select for the car.
The infotainment system is a brand-new one with a larger 12.3-inch display featuring the usual wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. What’s new is the Arcade.ev app suite with 15+ apps including OTTs like Prime Video and Disney+ Hotsar. The new Nexon EV features an Air Purifier like its previous model. A wireless charger is now present along with 45W USB-C ports on both the front and the back.
The digital cockpit has now been completely redesigned and is a screen which can even display navigation. The JBL branded nine-speaker system comes with various modes. There is not a lot that the Nexon EV misses out on and is a clear upgrade with major new features compared to the Nexon EV Max or Nexon EV Prime. Some features however are limited to the top-end model in LR.