Tata has sold more than 40,000 cars in the month of April, a record for the company. It is at this crucial juncture that the company has finally launched the Nexon EV Max. The Indian carmaker has been steadily growing in the market and the new-born interest of people in the safe and secure cars is contributing a lot to this shift. With the introduction of the Nexon EV Max, the company has made it possible for people who prefer reliable electric vehicles to buy from the Tata Motors.
With the launch of Nexon EV Max, Tata literally competes and eats into the market of the Sino-British carmaker MG & the Korean Hyundai. As of now, people who are keen on buying an affordable EV chooses Tata and those who look for more opulence and higher range, either go for the MG ZS EV or the Hyundai Kona Electric. Nexon outdoes the competitors on all fronts and still fares cheaper than both the competitors.
Engine & Transmission of New Tata Nexon EV Max 2022
The new Tata Nexon EV Max comes with a new 40.5 kWh batter pack instead of the old 30.2kWh pack. Similarly the maximum power output of the motors stands at 141 bhp which is substantially higher than the previous best of 127 bhp in the Nexon EV. Although the maximum torque still stays almost the same at 250Nm, the range of the car has substantially increased to the 437km per charge, thanks to the larger battery.
This range is even longer than the Hyundai Kona Electric. However, the starting price of the Hyundai Kona electric comes at a substantially higher cost of ₹24 Lakhs. Of course, the Korean electric vehicle is also slightly larger than the Nexon.
What is interesting with the new launch is that the Nexon EV Max can do the famous 0 to 100kmph in just 9 seconds. Now that is something amazing!
Tata provides two charging options with the Nexon EV Max. A standard 3.3kWh and 7.2kWh AC fast charger. The Nexon EV Max’s battery pack can be charged 0 to 80% in just an hour using the 50 kW DC fast charger. The AC fast charger takes 5-6 hours for a full charge. However, the slow regular charger takes 15-16 hours for a full charge.
Tata Nexon EV Max Dimensions & Exterior
The dimensions of the new variant has not changed in anyways. In fact, an amazing thing with the Nexon EV Max is, the company has maintained the same 350 Litre boot space, in spite of accommodating the larger 40 kWh battery pack inside the car. Nexon EV Max marks the beginning of the Tata’s high voltage state-of-the-art Ziptron technology. It is also equipped with the IP67 rated battery and motor pack along with a warranty of 8 years or 160,000 km.
New Nexon EV Max comes in three exterior colours – Intensi-Teal that is unique to this model, Daytona Grey and Pristine White. Tata didn’t experiment with many colours and has retained only the best performing colours of the Nexon. The dual tone body colour is also available with a black top.
Interiors & Features of Nexon EV Max
The interiors have not changed much from the previous version. The new longer EV comes with a two tone granite black and Makarana beige theme that makes interior much lighter. Other than that, the new compact SUV also shares the umbrella holder, jewellery holder, and a 7” TFT digital instrument cluster. The glove compartment is illuminated in the new one though.
Other features include the introduction of the remote climate control. So, you no longer have to be in the first row to control the climate inside the car. Similarly, you also get a remote trunk opener in this model. Interestingly, the rear seats are now a 60:40 split seats instead of the bench seats in the previous version.
The list of new safety features in the car include continuous tyre pressure monitor, traction control system, Electronic Stability Program, Hydraulic Brake fading compensation, brake disc wiping, electronic parking brake, auto vehicle hold, auto defog inside the cabin, panic notification, remote immobilisation, geo-fencing and time fencing, vehicle health alerts and many new advanced tracking and monitoring systems.
One disappointing feature is that the entry level XZ Plus comes with only 2 airbags and not 6. Although this done to cut on the higher costs, it is to be noted that the cars manufactured after September are mandated to have 6 airbags.
Nexon EV Max on Road Price & Competitors in India
The Tata Nexon EV Max is still priced only a tab higher than the previous model. The Nexon EV Max XZ Plus comes at an on-road price of 18.66 Lakhs and XZ Plus Lux Fast Charger comes with an on-road price tag of just ₹20.22 Lakh. This is well below the price tag of competitors such as MG ZS EV that has an on-road price of ₹23 Lakhs for the entry level model and a whopping ₹27 Lakhs for the top end model. Similarly, the Kona Electric from Hyundai is also priced around ₹25 Lakhs.
So in short, the new Nexon EV Max outdoes the competitors on both the range and also the price. However, the general brand affinity of MG is higher as the brand mainly makes only SUVs.
What do you think? Will the new Nexon EV Max 2022 continue to enjoy the huge support from the Indian car buyers or will it lose out in front of the MG & Hyundai competitors?