Tata Motors officially unveiled the Nexon EV facelift for the Indian market on September 7, 2023. Following the exterior, interior, and powertrain details, we now have the pricing details of the updated electric vehicle. Priced between Rs 14.74 lakh and Rs 19.94 lakh (ex-showroom), this is the first mid-life cycle update for the Nexon EV, unlike the ICE version's second facelift. Continuing to maintain a similar design, both EV and ICE versions are now available for purchase across the country. Launched alongside the Nexon EV facelift – now renamed to Nexon.ev, the facelifted ICE model carries a price tag of Rs 8.10 lakh to Rs 13 lakh (ex-showroom). The bookings for the latest Nexon.ev began on September 9 at 8:00 a.m., while bookings for the ICE-powered Nexon facelift had already started on September 4. The updated Tata Nexon.ev is offered in Medium-Range (MR) and Long-Range (LR) versions, corresponding to the Prime and Max variants sold earlier. Similar to the Nexon facelift, the new variants of the all-electric Nexon are spread across 3 core trims – Empowered, Creative, and Fearless.
For those unaware, the most popular electric crossover accounted for more than 50,000 sales since its launch in January 2020. With all the design and feature upgrades the facelift comes with, the new version commands a slight premium over the outgoing version.
Tata Nexon EV Facelift: Design Details
As reported earlier, the Nexon EV facelift adopts the company's brand-new '.ev' branding – TATA.ev is the company's new brand identity for its lineup of electric vehicles in India, underscoring its commitment to accelerate the adoption of clean energy mobility solutions. Therefore, to distinguish it from its ICE counterpart, the electric version of the Nexon facelift now bears the '.ev' moniker as a badge, making it the first car to embody this logo. The pre-facelift Nexon EV had an 'EV' suffix.
Although the Tata Nexon.ev facelift continues to maintain the same silhouette as before, it includes some new design elements. Similar to the Curvv concept vehicle, the Nexon.ev facelift receives a full-width LED strip running across the width of the bonnet and V-shaped LED taillights with a sleek LED strip at the rear. Other design updates include a blanked-off front grille, a split headlamp design, sequential LED DRLs, a grille on the lower bumper with vertical slats, sleek black fog lamp housings, a black panel at the centre, a coupe-style roof, faux-silver skid plate, a charging flap on the rear fender, and new dual-tone 16-inch alloy wheels. A Nexon.ev badge is positioned on the tailgate.
Besides, customers can choose from 7 different exterior colour options, which are Empowered Oxide, Flame Red, Pristine White, Fearless Purple, Creative Ocean, Intensi Teal, and Daytona Grey. Meanwhile, the upper portion of the car's nose gets a single-tone body-coloured finish.
Tata Nexon EV Facelift: Interior
Inside, the Nexon.ev EV facelift offers updates in the form of a new dashboard similar to the recently unveiled ICE counterpart, the largest-in-segment 12.3-inch touchscreen with mobile connectivity, a new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a new two-spoke steering wheel with illuminated logo, a 9-speaker JBL audio system with multiple audio modes, connected car tech, a redesigned rotary dial, touch-based HVAC controls, a wireless charger, cooled front seats, and thinner AC vents. A dual-tone cream and black interior theme gives the cabin a premium appeal. To cater to the diverse customer needs, 4 voice assistants –Hey Tata, Amazon Alexa, Hey Siri, and OK Google – are offered. The upgraded Tata's ZConnect now offers 64+ features, including a remote control car function. For driving aids, there are paddle shifters and smart digital shifters.
For greater comfort, the car gets a cooled glovebox, rear seat armrest, 350-litre boot space, cruise control, and an electric sunroof. A host of safety features includes ESP with iVBAC, ABS, a 360-degree camera, Level 1 ADAS features, six airbags as standard, a blind view monitor, ISOFIX mounts, front parking sensors, all-wheel disc brakes, 3-point seat belts for all, and more.
Tata Nexon EV Facelift: Powertrain, Performance
Mechanically, the facelifted model continues to be offered with two battery sizes - a 30.2kWh for the Nexon.ev MR (Medium Range) and a 40.5kWh for the Nexon.ev LR (Long Range). The former produces 127bhp and 215Nm of peak torque, while the latter generates 141bhp of power and 215Nm. Tata has equipped the car with a new Gen2 permanent magnet synchronous motor, which is said to be lighter, cleaner, and more efficient.
The MR and the LR yield a driving range of 325km (MIDC) and 465km (MIDC) on a single charge, respectively. Both variants support 7.2kWh fast charging, while also offering a vehicle 2 load and vehicle-to-vehicle charging function for the first time. This means that the car can power other devices and another EV with an onboard electric battery. Tata says that the electric derivative can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 8.9 seconds and tops out at 150km/h, thanks to better aerodynamics.
Tata Nexon EV Facelift: Competition Check
The new Nexon.ev facelift costs more than the previous version due to various improvements. The electric vehicle starts at Rs 14.74 lakh and goes up to Rs 19.94 lakh (ex-showroom). Prospective buyers can make their reservations at an initial amount of Rs 21,000. In terms of market rivalry, the Nexon EV facelift continues to rival the likes of the Mahindra XUV400, the MG ZS EV, and other similar models.
Besides, the Indian manufacturer has plans to introduce 3 other electric SUVs, including the Punch EV, the Harrier EV, and the Curvv EV, by the beginning of 2024. According to the company, these new electric vehicles will be introduced for Tata Motors PV division within the next few quarters.