This World EV Day saw big announcements from both the Indian automotive majors. While Mahindra officially unveiled its XUV400 electric SUV for the first time ever, Tata promised to add the Tiago EV to its portfolio soon. The debut of the electric hatchback is set for September 28 and with that, the curiosity among EV enthusiasts in India is in abundance. Luckily, we have a fair idea of what the Tata Tiago EV will have to offer upon its launch. Here, we try to sum up everything about the next electric car by Tata Motors in India.
As the name suggests, Tata Tiago EV will be an electric version of Tata’s popular hatchback named Tiago. This will be the first of its kind electric car from the house of Tata Motors. The company already has an electric sedan and an electric SUV on offer, namely Tata Tigor EV and the Tata Nexon EV Prime (and Max). Once the Tiago EV breaks cover, it will be the most compact and affordable electric vehicle by Tata Motors to date.
The company shed light on the same in its announcement of the Tiago EV on September 9. Calling it “the next phase” of its EV expansion, Tata Motors mentioned that the Tiago EV will attempt to make EV benefits like an easy drive, silent cabin, and low cost of ownership more accessible to vehicle owners in India. Since Tata Tiago has enjoyed a big fanbase in the country for long now, it is not hard to predict that the Tiago EV would garner attention in the market, especially with its added benefits of being electric.
The fact is known to the company as well, as it has not shied away from displaying the Tiago EV time and again, first showcasing it at the Auto Expo 2020. Here is a look at all the details we know of it till now.
Tata Tiago EV Design
In a nutshell, the design of the electric Tiago will remain similar to the most recent petrol and CNG models that retail in India. It will further get some highlights to boast its electric nature. We saw such blue-colored design trims at the model displayed at the Auto Expo. It is likely that Tata Motors will use the same color scheme to promote its upcoming EV, just as it has for the Tigor EV and the Nexon EV till now.
This means we will see a compact car with a short hood, complemented by a grille that finishes off with headlights on both edges. This grille will be closed and will have just a pattern instead in the electric version. Other than that, the foglamps, tail lamps, front and rear bumpers, integrated spoiler, alloy wheels, and side mirror indicators are likely to remain. We should also see the complete list of features that Tiago (petrol) currently offers.
Tata Tiago EV Features
Tata has not made things official as yet, but taking hints from its car that is already on sale, the Tiago EV should have a long list of features both on the exterior and interior. For driving, some notable ones will include ABS with EBD, day and night IRVM, fog lamps, rear defogger, rear wiper with washer, and more. Driving should also be made easy with steering mounted controls, voice command support, height adjustable driver seat, one-touch down driver window, rear park assist with display, speed alert, and multi-drive modes. The car will also likely get two airbags for safety.
For infotainment, there will be a 7-inch touchscreen at the centre with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The Tiago EV will likely get 4 speakers and 4 tweeters for audio, image and video playback support, and a cooled glove box.
Tata Tiago EV Performance
There are no performance numbers from the company as yet, though we know that the Tiago EV is likely to be based on the EV platform that powers the Tigor EV. Based on that, Autocar suggests that Tata Motors may go for one of the two powertrain options for the Tiago EV.
The one we see on the XPres-T version of Tigor EV, which is meant for fleet operators, produces 41hp of power and 105Nm of torque. This electric motor is coupled to a 21.5kWh battery pack that offers 213km of range. It supports DC fast charging up to 15kW, topping its depleted battery in about an hour and 50 minutes.
The other, more powerful option, might be the one we see on the Tigor EV that is retailed to the general public. This one produces 75hp of power and 170Nm of torque. This powertrain also uses a larger 26kWh lithium-ion battery pack, that is capable of offering 306km of range on a single charge. Since it supports upto 25kW DC fast charging, it takes the same time as the XPres-T model to charge from 0 to 100 per cent.
We will have more information on September 28, as Tata takes the wraps off the Tiago EV. Stay tuned to this space to catch all the details about the new electric car by Tata.
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