All-New Tata Nexon EV In Nepal.
2021 Tata Nexon EV Overview
Bookings for Tata’s much-awaited SUV Nexon will be open soon for Nepali customers.
Sipradi Trading, the official distributor of Tata Motors, is set to open bookings from next week.
The company plans to open its first electric SUV for delivery in July.
However, all the three variants being sold in India are said to be coming to Nepal.
The Nexus EV is available in three variants in India: XM, XZ Plus, and XZ Plus Luxury.
Although the company did not provide any information, its value can be estimated between Rs 30 lakhs, Rs 38 Lakhs, and Rs 44 Lakhs respectively.
The Nexon makeover first appeared on the EV, followed by the ICE models. The SUV’s quirky front-end appearance has been replaced by a more mature design.
While its profile is still distinctive, a lot is going on to keep it looking contemporary.
The multi-colored tri-arrow design features spread throughout the front air dam have been modified to a bi-arrow design, meaning just two of the three spokes are now blue.
The bonnet has been restyled to be higher and flatter than previously. This not only gives the Nexon personality but also ensures that it meets pedestrian safety standards.
With Y-shaped DRLs that double as turn indicators, the headlights are now more refined.
Its new 16-inch wheels are not only more stylish, but they are also around a kilogram lighter.
A light blue-colored strip has replaced the ceramic-like window accent. The taillamps, like the headlamps, have Y-shaped LED elements joined by a light blue band that runs the length of the boot.
The EV, like the normal Nexon, is built on the older X1 platform but with specific structural changes to fit the 30.2kWh battery pack beneath the cabin floor and the permanent magnet synchronous motor under the hood.
The ICE version shares all of the suspension components, including the springs, dampers, and even the brakes.
The Nexon is built on a platform that has received a solid five-star rating in Global NCAP crash tests, and the firm is sure that the EV will pass all tests even if it hasn’t been crashed tested yet.
What’s more, the battery pack has received an AIS 48 rating, which includes nail penetration up to the cell level, a crash test, a fire test, and more.
It also meets IP67 requirements, which means it can withstand being submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes without sustaining any damage.
In addition, Tata offers an eight-year or 1,60,000-kilometer warranty on the battery pack and engine, in addition to the usual three-year or 1,25,000-kilometer warranty.
Tata has attempted to improve the cabin’s perceived quality.
In keeping with the EV’s motif, the seats and the part surrounding the elbow rest on the door pad now have off-white leatherette upholstery with blue stitching and the tri-arrow (now bi-arrow) pattern, as well as blue accent highlights throughout the cabin.
While the elegant roof liner, free-standing touchscreen, colored MID, textured plastics, and well-executed piano black trim add to the appeal, the addition of a sunroof adds even more.
Unfortunately, because it is built on an outdated platform, the Nexon EV cannot collect and show a variety of usage-related data such as discharge rates, regeneration status, and so on.
It also doesn’t have a traditional gear lever, and the rotary drive selector isn’t very responsive.
Furthermore, determining the selected drive state without consulting the MID screen is difficult.
Seat comfort is similar to that of a regular automobile. Despite the battery being located beneath the cabin floor, rear passengers do not sit knees up.
The bench is fantastic, and the leatherette covering has further added to its comfort.
As a result, the cabin experience remains enjoyable, with soft colors and a large glass area contributing to the sensation of space available.
Its boot space is acceptable at 350 liters. You can even fold the seats totally flat by moving the rear bench squab forward to transport even more cargo.
Sunroof, 16-inch diamond-cut alloys, automatic projector headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, leatherette seats, a cooled glovebox, keyless entry, push-button start, power-adjusted and folding mirrors, a color-screen instrument cluster, an eight-speaker Harman sound system, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are all included in the top-of-the-line XZ.
With the ‘Tata ZConnect’ smartphone application, Tata has also provided SIM-based connected-car functions, which allow owners to monitor the status of their vehicle, lock and unlock it, set a geo-fence, and track it.
The Nexon EV does not have the rear AC blower controls available on the earlier ICE version, but the SUV has rear AC vents.
Important safety features like ESP and traction control, accessible on the ICE version, are also missing from this EV.
Hill-start assists, generally linked with ESP on other cars, aren’t available on the Nexon EV. Still, the good news is that it scarcely rolls back on inclines when the motor takes over and helps it move forward.
Nexon’s 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system by Harman has a simple user interface. Still, the light display, especially in direct sunlight, leaves a lot to be desired.
Although touch sensitivity appears to have improved, it still lacks the slickness of competitor systems.
Even at more significant volumes, the sound quality from the eight speakers is exceptional, with outstanding clarity.
An onboard SIM card aids communication with the ZConnect program, which can manage, find, and even track the vehicle remotely, as well as scan it for health monitoring.
Battery, Range & Performance
The Nexon EV’s permanent magnet synchronous motor produces 129 horsepower and 245Nm of torque and is powered by a 30.2kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery.
A single-speed automatic transmission drives the front wheels. Tata has given the Nexon EV two drive modes: ‘D’ and ‘S,’ which stands for Sport Mode.
In ‘S’ mode, it accelerates to 120 kph in the same amount of time it takes to reach 100 kph in ‘D’ mode.
The motor is only running at 60% of its full potential in ‘D,’ delivering roughly 150Nm of torque.
Power flows in a beautiful linear fashion, and on-tap reactions are instantaneous.
The Nexon EV smoothly scoots ahead with a simple flex of your right foot to take advantage of traffic gaps or execute rapid overtakes.
Like the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric, the intensity of regeneration (or energy recovery while decelerating) isn’t changeable.
Tata has lowered the power of resurrection, precisely like the responsiveness. What’s good about it is that it behaves in a really natural manner and is extremely easy to get used to.
The speed drop when you let go of the accelerator isn’t unduly harsh; instead, it’s analogous to the behavior of an ICE automobile with engine braking.
When you turn the drive selector knob clockwise to enable ‘Sport’ mode, the Nexon EV seems like it has been set free from its chains with the flick of a dial.
This automobile has a tremendous amount of pulling power. The front wheels battle for grip under total capacity, and as there is no traction control or ESP, firm hands are required to keep the car on the track.
In Sport mode, the Nexon EV accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 9.30 seconds and reaches its top speed of 120 kilometers per hour in 16.12 seconds.
In this setting, the regeneration function is substantially weaker, resulting in a more significant decrease in driving range.
While the SUV’s dynamics have been entirely re-engineered to fit many structural changes and account for the hefty battery pack beneath the cabin floor, it is based on the regular Nexon.
While the Nexon EV weighs in at 1,400kg, the good news is that it has a lot to offer in terms of handling.
Ata engineers created a 50:50 weight distribution, which gives the driver an intense sensation of balance.
Because of the battery placement, it has a low center of gravity. The strengthened suspension and wide 215mm tyres are credited with little body roll and excellent grip levels.
While the suspension has been maintained, the ride quality has not been compromised significantly.
Sure, it’s a little stiffer than the ICE Nexon, especially at low speeds. Still, this EV nevertheless flattens the road and absorbs the shocks from the sharper potholes admirably.
Even at highway speeds, the EV feels rooted and stable.
The Nexon EV’s brakes are powerful, and they operate flawlessly under panic braking as well.
However, due to the added weight, the EV came to a complete stop in 27.34 meters in a panic braking test from 80 kph, nearly 2 meters longer than the ICE version.
The ARAI-certified range of the Tata Nexon EV is 312 kilometers on a single charge, based on set parameters in urban driving circumstances.
It covered 208 kilometers in a combined city-highway driving cycle.
On city roads, a higher degree of regeneration resulted in a 216km urban range, however on more accessible streets, with the motor continually operating.
Less regeneration, the highway range is 201km on a full charge.
To be noted, there is no regeneration between 100 and 95 percent charge levels. Thus the drop in capacity will be the fastest here, and once the charge falls below 15%, the motor’s torque drops.
The air-conditioning stops working to maximize coverage. Users should keep an eye on the MID, which displays a graphical representation of the driving pattern depending on acceleration and deceleration, to swiftly adjust to an EV-friendly driving style.
The goal is to develop a smooth graph, which will gradually urge you to drive more cautiously and extend your range. In addition, every Nexon EV comes with a 3.3kWh portable charger from Tata.
This charger may be used with any 15 amp AC charging socket and will charge the battery from 20% to 100% in about nine hours, at a rate of around 10% per hour.
Its battery may be recharged up to 80% in approximately an hour using one of the few DC fast chargers available.
The last 10% of any lithium-ion battery, regardless of whether you’re using an AC or DC charger, is the slowest to recharge in an attempt to prolong the battery’s life.
Tata Motors claims that the Nexon EV is also excellent in terms of safety.
Tata claims that the Nexon, powered by petroleum products, is India’s 5-star rated four-meter SUV and has the same safety features.