A prototype test vehicle of the Tata Nexon EV was spied during testing. It is expected to debut at Auto Expo 2020.
Tata Nexon is one of the finest offerings by an Indian manufacturer. It looks pretty, has good build quality, is very spacious, and most importantly, gets a 5-star crash safety rating by Global NCAP. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it just did! An electric test vehicle of the Nexon was just spotted testing, and it we expect it to debut at the 2020 Auto Expo!
As seen in the spy pictures, the Nexon EV will feature updated styling. The front fascia shows the most significant change to the styling. The headlamp design is updated and feels more aggressive, as opposed to the cute design of the current model. While some people expected the new design to be in line with the Tata Harrier, i.e., feature a small LED strip in place of headlights while the main headlamp unit is fitted lower, this is not the case.
The silhouette seems unchanged, with the same rounded roof design as before. Even the design details on the doors and side panels remain unchanged. The alloy wheels are diamond cut, and feature the same design as the current model. Overall, the design is neat and well put together.
With the Govt. of India’s focus on reducing emissions and adoption of electric vehicles in the country, the introduction of an electric compact SUV seems like a good opportunity. While Tata motors already has the Tigor EV, it is only available for fleet operations. Hyundai had previously launched the Kona EV, but it is a CBU import and only available in select cities across the country. Its high price also ensures that it will remain a niche product. Tata Nexon EV could potentially pave the way for mainstream electric vehicles.
The specifications of the car are a mystery at this point. Tata Nexon is currently priced between ₹6.58 Lakh to ₹11 Lakh (ex-showroom), and could be priced at around ₹15 Lakh for the electric variant. While that is a significant price hike, at this price, the Nexon EV would undercut its rivals by a fair margin, like the Hyundai Kona and the upcoming MG eZS compact electric SUV.