The Nexon is being stretched to become a mid-size SUV with a Coupe body style. Will be available with both electric and internal combustion engines.
Tata Motors is planning a new model offensive led by electric vehicles to continue its rapid sales growth and consolidate its first mover advantage in India’s nascent EV market. TPEML, a newly formed subsidiary with Rs 7,500 crore in funding, will lead the charge. Within the next five years, Tata Motors’ new EV division hopes to have a portfolio of ten electric vehicles.
Tata Motors is developing a larger, all-electric coupe version of the Nexon as a key model in its EV portfolio to capitalise on the Nexon EV’s meteoric success. There will also be a version with an IC engine.
- Nexon Coupe stretched to a mid-size SUV with 4.3m length
- All electric version likely to use upgraded version of Nexon EV motor and battery
- IC engine variants also being developed
What is the Tata Nexon EV Coupe?
The Nexon Coupe is a stretched version of the current Nexon with a new coupe body style, designed to accommodate both petrol and diesel engine options. It was first conceived as a mid-size SUV in 2018 to compete with the Hyundai Creta. Given Tata Motors’ poor financial performance before the pandemic, the project was shelved to save money. Tata Motors, however, has decided to resurrect the project, with plans to launch an electric version of the Nexon Coupe with an IC engine derivative to follow.
The Coupe will be built on the same platform (X1) as the current Nexon, with many similarities between the two body styles. The A-pillar, windscreen, and front doors will all remain unchanged, with the body changing only aft of the B-pillar. The tapering roof meets an all-new rear end with a large overhang, and the rear doors are longer. The rear extension is expected to provide significantly more rear seat legroom and boot space. According to sources, the wheelbase has been lengthened by 50mm due to a change in wheel geometry, while the overall length is around 4.3 metres, putting the Nexon Coupe squarely in the middle of the mid-size SUV segment in terms of size. Apart from its sportier body style, the Nexon Coupe is expected to have a completely redesigned nose to set it apart from its sub-4 metre sibling.
Expected powertrains for the Tata Nexon EV Coupe
According to company sources, the Nexon Coupe will be the first pure electric vehicle to be released. There are no details on the powertrain, but it’s safe to assume it’ll use the same electric drive as the current Nexon EV, but with a larger 40kWh battery pack like the long-range Nexon EV, which is expected this quarter. Tata Motors is also likely to have upgraded the standard Nexon EV’s electric motor with more power and torque than the current 129hp and 245Nm output by the time the Nexon Coupe is released, which won’t be until 2023.
The Nexon EV Coupe will benefit from the same tax benefits as the standard Nexon EV, despite its larger dimensions, because all EVs pay a flat 5% GST regardless of their dimensions. The IC engine variants, on the other hand, will not benefit from the 1.2 turbo-petrol that allows the Nexon to fit into the lower sub-4 metre tax bracket.
As a result, using the 1.2 turbo-petrol engine in the Nexon Coupe version makes no sense for two reasons: first, there is no tax benefit because the Coupe is longer than 4 metres, and second, the 120hp 1.2 turbo-petrol engine would be too underpowered for this larger and heavier variant. As a result, the Nexon Coupe is expected to be equipped with a larger 1.5 turbo-petrol engine capable of producing 160 horsepower. This engine, which is a four-cylinder version of the modular 1.2 three-cylinder unit, was originally intended for the Harrier and Safari before being put on hold due to difficult market conditions and the fact that developing it for just one or two low-volume models was not feasible. However, now that the Nexon Coupe has been approved for a market launch, plans to build this larger petrol engine have been revived as well.
Tata Motors isn’t giving up on diesel engines anytime soon, and the Nexon Coupe will be powered by the company’s tried-and-true 110hp 1.5 diesel engine. However, in order to meet the BS6 Stage 2 deadline of 2023, this motor will be upgraded not only to meet the stricter emission standards, but also to provide a little more power. As a result, it’s likely that the Nexon Coupe will have a newer and upgraded 1.5 diesel by the time it hits showrooms.
Timetable for the launch of the Tata Nexon EV Coupe
The Nexon Coupe was supposed to be unveiled as a concept at the 2022 Auto Expo, which is set to take place in February. However, now that the Auto Expo has been cancelled, it is unclear whether Tata will still unveil the new SUV in the same month. The Nexon Coupe will not be available in showrooms until 2023, according to the manufacturer.