We know that Tata Motors is working on a long-range version of the Nexon EV. According to Autocar India, Tata Motors will launch the new version on April 20th. Several scenes from the experimental mule of the long-range Nexon EV have already been seen.
The domestic manufacturer will upgrade the battery pack from 30.2 kWh to 40 kWh. The new battery pack will be 30 percent larger than the current battery pack. ARAI claimed that the range would be increased from 312 km to 400 km. The real-world range can increase from 200 km to 300 km.
Boot space is reduced
The battery pack will be larger and will be stored in boot space. Because of this, the boot space will be reduced which means Tata may have to pull out extra wheels and offer a tire puncture repair kit. It may be that the boot space is held vertically just as they did in Tiger EV. For reference, the boot space of the Nexon EV is 350 liters.
We all know that batteries are very heavy. The petrol Nexon weighs 1.2 tons, the diesel engine weighs 1.3 tons and the Nexon EV adds another 100 kg so it weighs 1.4 tons which is quite heavy for a compact SUV. The extra battery will weigh more than 100 kg, which is why the long-range Nexon EV is expected to weigh less than 1.5 tons.
Tata Motors will offer more features with the long-range Nexon EV. It will come with electronic stability program and rear disc brakes. Both of these features will add to the safety of the SUV. There will also be adjustable regeneration which will help improve driving range. Other changes that could make their way into the long-range Nexon EV include ventilated seats, park mode, cruise control, and more. Cosmetically, the long-range Nexon EV is expected to remain the same. Tata Motors could change the alloy wheel design and give some badges to the long-range Nexon EV. The rest of the compact SUV will be the same as the regular Nexon EV.
The current Nexon EV will be on sale
Once the 40 kWh Nexon EV is turned on, Tata Motors will not stop with the current Nexon EV 30.2 kWh. So, both the variants will be sold side by side. Those who will use the Nexon EV mostly for daily commute and city work can opt for the regular 30.2 kWh version where those who want to travel longer can go for the long range 40 kWh version.
With all these upgrades, the price of the long-range Nexon will be higher than the regular Nexon EV. The 40 kWh Nexon EV is expected to start at around Rs 17 or 18 lakhs where regular Nexon EV starts at Rs. 14.24 lakh and the top-end variant is priced at Rs. 16.85 lakhs. Both are ex-showroom prices.
Due to the extra driving range, the long-range Nexon EV will go against the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric. However, the price of Nexon EV will be lower than them as ZS EV and Kona Electric come to India via CKD route.