Tata Motors, one of the leading homegrown manufacturers, is all set to launch the 2023 versions of the Nexon and the Nexon.ev in India tomorrow. There is no doubt that this popular offering from the house of Tata has been among the best-selling models in its India lineup. For those unaware, the bookings for both products are currently underway for a token amount of Rs 21,000. Speaking of market competitors, the 2023 Nexon will go up against the likes of the Kia Sonet, the Hyundai Venue, the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, the Nissan Magnite, and the Mahindra XUV300, whereas models like the Mahindra XUV400 along with the MG ZS EV will continue to rival the Nexon EV facelift in India. Read on to learn more about the upcoming cars in terms of their appearance, powertrain, features, and more.
New Tata Nexon, Nexon.ev: Mechanical Details
First off, the new Nexon ICE model will retain the engine configurations from the previous version. The 1.5-litre diesel engine, which produces 113bhp and 260Nm of torque, and the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 118bhp and 170Nm of torque, are the two engine options available to prospective buyers. The turbo-petrol engine now offers a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as a backup option in addition to the manual and automated manual transmissions (AMT) that come with both engines. Paddle shifters will also be available on the dual-clutch transmission.
Now coming to the electrified Nexon for 2023, a 30.2kWh battery for the MR (Medium Range) variant and a 40.5kWh battery for the Nexon.ev LR (Long Range) variant will still be offered with the facelifted version. The former produces 127bhp and 215Nm of torque, and the latter delivers 141bhp of power and 215Nm of peak torque. The car is equipped with a new Gen2 permanent magnet synchronous motor, which the company claims is lighter, cleaner, and more effective.
The MR and LR will have a driving range of 325km (MIDC) and 465km (MIDC), respectively, on a single charge. For the first time, the new Nexon.ev will offer vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-vehicle charging capabilities, and both variants will include 7.2kWh rapid charging. This suggests that the car's onboard electric battery might also be able to power other appliances. The firm claims that the electric derivative can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 8.9 seconds and attain a top speed of 150km/h thanks to better aerodynamics.
New Tata Nexon, Nexon.ev: Styling and Variants
The Tata Curvv concept served as the design inspiration for the Nexon and the Nexon EV facelifts. Both vehicles now get new alloy wheels, an expansive grille, a faux-silver skid plate, and more. They also have new split LED headlamps with LED DRLs. The full-width LED light bar that runs across the nose of the Nexon and Nexon EV facelifts, and is reminiscent of the Curvv's design, is one of their distinguishing elements. Interestingly, the Nexon.ev's charging status is also displayed on the LED bar. Except for the freshly created alloy wheels, the side profile of the Nexon and Nexon.ev facelifts is unchanged. The 2023 Tata Nexon and the Nexon.ev's rear profile includes a roof-mounted spoiler, connected LED taillamps, and a body-colour finish bumper.
The updated Nexon EV is offered in seven paint jobs, including Empowered Oxide, Daytona Grey, Pristine White, Intensi-teal, Creative Ocean, Flame Red, and Fearless Purple, and comes in three variants: Creative, Fearless, and Empowered. The Nexon facelift, meanwhile, is available in four different variants: Smart, Pure, Creative, and Fearless. The SUV can be had in Fearless Purple, Daytona Grey, Pristine White, Flame Red, Creative Ocean, and Pure Grey colour options.
New Tata Nexon, Nexon.ev: Interior Updates
The Tata Nexon and the Nexon.ev facelifts include a dashboard that is similar to that of the previous model. The 2023 Tata Nexon has a rotary drive selector on the centre console and is finished in carbon fibre and soft-touch materials. The list of amenities includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster with a navigation display that is customisable, a two-spoke illuminated steering wheel, and touch-based HVAC control with toggle switches.
Apart from connected car tech, ventilated front seats, a single-pane sunroof, a 360-degree camera, a JBL sound system, Type-C fast charging ports, a wireless charger, and OTA updates, the 2023 versions of the high-spec Nexon and Nexon.ev also get a number of other upgrades. Furthermore, both cars will come with a new Arcade.ev app suite where users can access content from Amazon Prime Video, Disney+Hotstar, and other streaming apps.
New Tata Nexon, Nexon.ev: Safety Suite
The Nexon and Nexon.ev in their new avatars have six airbags as standard equipment, hill descent and ascent control, blind spot monitors, ISOFIX anchors, panic brake alert, emergency and breakdown call assist, front parking sensors, and all-wheel disc brakes. Additionally, according to the manufacturer, the body structure has been strengthened for better side pole protection.
New Tata Nexon, Nexon.ev: Expected Price
In comparison to its current pricing range of Rs 14.49 lakh to Rs 19.54 lakh (ex-showroom), the Nexon EV facelift will be more expensive. While the Tata Nexon facelift's new costs are anticipated to fall between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 16 lakh. Its predecessor, in contrast, was priced between Rs 7.80 and Rs 14.50 lakh (ex-showroom).