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Video review: A day with the Tata Nexon EV Max

Tata Motors Gen 2 EV Architecture is at least 2 years away so in the meantime, the Nexon EV Max surely will keep the Tata Motors EV division's success journey strong in the coming months.

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In addition to Aditya's Review & all the Observations made by him in the Opening Post, I too had the opportunity to drive the Tata Nexon EV Max & here's a Video Review I filmed.

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To those who prefer text here are my thoughts for the same after spending about half a day with this car;

Performance

The highlight is the new battery pack which is 30% larger but has 33% higher capacity than the previous pack. Not only that the power has gone up too with the horsepower number crossing 140 & the torque now @ 250 NM. Performance hits you in a typical EV fashion with an instantaneous rush. 0 - 100 km/h comes in under 9 Secs (Factory Quoted) Also the 1 Ratio Gear is lag-free & detects the throttle pedal's pressure and reacts predictably, all in all providing a seamless & smooth driving experience. As we are talking about the performance its important to appreciate that finally, Tata Motors has listened to the feedback & now this variant finally introduces all 4 Disc Brakes, which now brings us to another newly introduced feature we can talk about which is the Customisable Regen capability. The regen capabilities are very impressive and strong. The quoted range is well over 400 kms but I think a real-world range of around 300 km is achievable. The negative is that the top speed is only 140 km/h (Up by 20 km/h v/s the regular Nexon EV) which can get embarrassing however on the flip side this might be the only car where the top speed matches the Horse Power it generates

Centre of gravity

While Driving the Nexon EV Max I found something Positively Interesting. For Example, when you drive a low slung sedan or a sports car there the centre of gravity feels extremely low. If you drive an SUV like the Fortuner the centre of gravity is high. In the Nexon EV Max irrespective of it being designed like a crossover & targeting a Mini SUV look the centre of gravity is very low, that's essentially because the battery pack is in the base of the car. So this low centre of gravity with high ground clearance & an SUV/Crossover body style makes it a unique product offering in this price range.

Ride Quality & Handling

To understand this segment it's important to know the platform, The Nexon EV uses the modified X1 Platform to accommodate the Ziptron EV Architecture hence genetically this platform inherits a good ride & this car takes care of all the bad roads and undulations very well. The suspension is very well tuned to give the Nexon EV Max a smooth ride. Another point is that the IC engined Nexon's had a good ride but it was sort of bumpy, but the EV thanks to the battery pack being in the base gives it sort of stability with that additional weight and eliminates the bumpiness of the regular Nexon. The Tyres are MRF 215/60's but now have the EcoTread pattern to go with the EV theme. Also, the EV Max has lost about 15 mm of Ground Clearance to the larger battery pack (Confirmed by a TATA Product official). Finally, the handling, which was sort of covered in the above Centre of Gravity section, however, another point is that the Nexon EV Max enjoys a 50:50 weight distribution and this boosts driver confidence when one wants to indulge in some sporty driving, also the Steering weighs up decently well in Sports Mode.

Interior / Features

Nexon feels as small as you'd want on the outside in the city and feels as large as you'd require in the interiors. On the exteriors, I could not find any new badge signifying this is the costlier Long-Range EV Max model. However, the Interiors are a different story as most of the visible changes are highlighting features in the Interior. The Jewelled Gear Knob/Selector is surely a distinguishing feature and will attract a lot of attention (Even in the buy decision process). Many new noteworthy features like cooled seats, Auto-Dimming IRVM, Air Purifier, Electric Parking Brake etc. make their way into the cabin. The new Beige interiors look good in real life (The colour is between the regular beige and the ivory seats of the Safari, at least that's what I felt). Some negatives in the cabin are the rear space due to batteries on the floor not only causes the lack of thigh support but also limits the headroom. Finally, the Cluster which is half digital and half analogue (For Speedo) doesn't suit the overall EV Character of the car, I strongly believe this refresh deserved a fully digital cluster.

Final Thoughts

The Economical aspect of owning a well-priced EV is the real attraction here & with Tata Motors' new 7.2 KW Charger option, increasing the Charger network is getting practical too. Also, Tata Motors enjoys almost 90% market share of the Personal EV segment in India by selling over 25,000 EVs So far. Unsurprisingly almost 20,000 of those have been Nexon EV. Let's be honest, the Tata Motors Gen 2 EV Architecture is at least 2 years away (Showcased in the Curvv concept) so in the meantime, the Nexon EV Max surely will keep the Tata Motors EV division's success journey strong in the coming months.

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