Tata Motors has finally launched the long-awaited Nexon EV Max today. And just like the name suggests, the SUV comes with a bigger battery, better charger and more power. The ‘Max’ will be available in two trims – XZ+ and the XZ+ Lux, starting at Rs 17.74 lakh (ex-showroom).

Commenting on the launch, Vivek Srivatsa, Head, Marketing, Sales and Service Strategy, Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd. said, “This SUV offers more range, more power, and faster charging while improving the overall driving efficiency, providing an uncompromised EV ownership experience.”

The main highlight of the Nexon EV Max comes in the form of its bigger 40.5kWh battery pack, which translates into a claimed range of 437km. Along with it, you get the standard 3.3kW home charger. However, if you’re willing to shell out an extra Rs 50,000, you can opt for a bigger 7.2kW AC kit. 

Power is also up now from 129PS to 143PS, along with torque which has seen an increase of 5Nm at 250Nm. This does translate into a new improved top speed of 140kmph. To safeguard it for the future, Tata Motors will also offer an 8-year/1.6 lakh km warranty on both the electric motor and the battery. 

Apart from the mechanical changes, the Nexon MAX now comes with new convenience features as well. This includes electronic stability control, adjustable regenerative braking, hill descent control, electronic parking brake with auto-hold and more. 

Additionally, you also get cruise control, auto-dimming IRVm, ventilated front seats, a tyre pressure monitoring system and even an air purifier. All of this is in addition to the Nexon’s already impressive equipment list consisting of a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control and a sunroof.

Design wise there’s little to talk about here. The Max comes with a bunch of new paint schemes, along with 5-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels. With Tata upping its EV game with the Max, the Hyundai Kona Electric and the MG ZS EV now have a lot to fear. How will the two brands fare against Tata in the long-term will be interesting to see.

( Image credits: Tata Motors )