Tata Motors has confirmed to us that the Nexon EV will make its world premiere in Mumbai on December 17, 2019. We had reported earlier that the first electric SUV from Tata will most likely be unveiled on December 16, and that the media drives were scheduled to take place after. However, the company has rescheduled its plans and will now unveil the all-electric SUV on December 17, with the other events slated to take place in January 2020.
The company has been dropping multiple teasers and sharing details on the Nexon EV for quite a while now – videos and images of the Nexon EV being driven through various terrains and cross country routes. While some of these teasers feature the pre-facelift Nexon, sources tell us that the model that will hit the showrooms will be based on the facelifted Nexon SUV. The refreshed Nexon has also been spotted multiple times being tested on Indian roads.
The Nexon facelift features a new bonnet and front bumper design, along with reprofiled fog lamp clusters, a slimmer grille that’s more like the Harrier’s and new headlight units with DRLs – these are just some of the visible elements that help to differentiate between the pre-facelift and facelift model. Aesthetics aside, the revisions will make sure that the compact SUV complies with latest pedestrian protection norms that will come into effect in October 2020.
While the Nexon facelift’s silhouette is expected to be more or less identical to that of the current model on sale, new alloy wheel designs and slightly tweaked rear styling can also be expected as part of the facelift.
The Nexon EV will be available in Tata showrooms sometime between January and March and will feature the brand's Ziptron EV technology. It is expected to have a range of around 300km on a single charge and will be priced somewhere between Rs 15-17 lakh. The Nexon EV's Ziptron technology will also feature in the Altroz EV (shown at the 2019 Geneva motor show) and the updated Tigor EV in the future. As for the competition, the Nexon EV’s main rival will be all-electric Mahindra XUV300 that’s expected to arrive by mid-2020.
The Nexon EV will be the second of two new products to be unveiled by Tata Motors this month, with the first one being the much-awaited Altroz hatchback, which will make its India debut on December 3, 2019. The seven-seat version of the Harrier, recently christened the Gravitas, will also be revealed in full sometime next month.