2022 Tata Nexon EV Max review – Larger battery, more range & new kit | First Drive | Autocar India
This is the tata nexon ev max Music. Now the max suffix is for one thing and one thing: only the extra range and the bigger battery this right here might look like the standard ev, but underneath it packs in a lot of new, improved and updated tech, one look wont be enough to tell it Apart from the standard nexon ev, since there is absolutely no badge stating that this is a max, if you are an x1 expert, though you will notice the change in the paint shade, which is called intensity at the front, it still gets halogen headlamps with led drls. There has been no change to the dimensions, so the length, wheelbase and width remain the same. However, the ground clearance is now 190 mm, which is 15 mm less than on the standard car. Over to the side, you will notice a slightly different design for the 16 inch alloy wheels. And if you look closer, you will also notice rear disc brakes on the evmax. The rear has no change compared to the standard car and it is the interior that sees the more noticeable updates now, unlike the exterior, the interior of the nexon evmax sees a fair amount of changes, and most of them are concentrated here on the center console. The first one, the big one that jumps at you is this drive selector, that is now digital. It is backlit as well so reading it in the day is very, very easy.
If you look closely, it also has the try arrow design. That is the theme on the nexon ev and it is set in a way where it feels like a nice knurl finish. So it really adds that overall premium factor, then you have an electronic parking brake now, theres also auto hold function. You have your regen switch right here, very conveniently placed to adjust your regen levels. There is eco mode and sport mode switches right here, so a lot has been crammed. On your left hand, there is also a wireless charger automatic rear view mirror and on the lux trims, you also get front, ventilated seats that work superbly. The other update includes an air purifier, along with some tech features like the updated z, connect, app that now gets 48 features and safety has been upped as well with a tpms and esp other changes include slight graphic changes for the tft display inside, which shows you, Your region level, the drive mode youre in and overall it is a lot more easier to read and very, very convenient to use as well so no big changes. But yes, it has upped the premium quotient of the next one by using bridge and these very important additional features as well. Sadly, the max doesnt mean any gain in the rear seat space, but there have been minor divisions now in the back seat. There is no change to the dimensions, so the wheel base and length are still the same theres, nothing max about it.
You still get the same amount of room as before. However, what has changed is the floorboard. It is now 10 mm higher, and that means you have to sit slightly knees up. The raised floor is a result of the large battery, so taller adults will have to squeeze their knees a bit more back here now. Headroom, for me, is not an issue leg room is not an issue either. You also get a nice center armrest with two cup holders, ac vents at the back, no usb port, sadly – and that is a bit of a miss but overall its not too bad, and the one big, very positive factor is that the boot space has not been Compromised you see with a gain in battery size. You would expect some of it to go back in the boot space, but it is still 350 liters, so thats a nice touch as well. However, while these updates are significant and quite important, the big one is the battery pack, which is now 40.5 kilowatt hour 10 kilowatt hour more than the standard car, and what that means is power is up as well Music. The next one evmax makes 143 horsepower with 250 nm and that allows it to go from zero to 100 in 9.3 seconds Music. However, all of the 143 horsepower is available only in sport mode and if you are in city mode or eco mode, power is restricted to 97 horsepower and 170 nm.
That said, it still feels significantly more responsive compared to the standard car. The top speed 2 has increased to 137 kph, but, more importantly, thanks to the larger battery pack tata claims a range of 437, which is 125 kilometer more than the standard car now. That, of course, is the claim number by data. Real world numbers will not be that high, but you can still juice out a lot from this battery. In fact, in our real world range test that involved a mix of city and highway driving, the nexon evmax averaged 263 kilometers at 6.5 kilometers per kilowatt hour, which compared to the standard version, is a gain of 55 kilometers. And what also plays an important role in the max other region levels? You now have four modes: zero, one two and three, three being the strongest and zero used for coasting and what that does is alter the resistance and juice up the battery. A lot more prominently. The change of region levels also alter the overall range of the car. So if you are in sport mode with the lowest region, you have the least range, and if you are in eco with the highest region, you have the maximum range on offer. Now whats also worth the mention on the nexon. Evmax is the curb weight it has added on 100 kgs, 70 of which have come from the battery track and 30 of which have come from the extra bit of equipment now because of that gain of 100 kgs.
The suspension has had to go through a bit of a retune as a result, it is now slightly more firm than before. You have a fair amount of body movement, especially on broken patches. You definitely feel the thuds come into the cabin on a flat road while cruising, though the stability is excellent and handling as a result is good too. What also helps is the steering. Now it is hefty. It has a good amount of weight to it, and that is slightly cumbersome in the city, because you know maneuvering in tight spaces. Parking three point turns: u turns are a bit of a problem because it has gained a fair amount of weight, but that translates very well on corners and on twisties whats, also upgraded for the nexon evmax are the brakes. You now have disc brakes at the rear. This is the only nexon that gets discs at the rear and they do show in braking the brake. Feel and pedal effort are very, very natural. It doesnt feel like an ev or a hybrid. You know it doesnt have that wooden feel to it. The reason for that is the updated braking tata has done away with a vacuum. Booster and in place is sort of a pressure pump that offers a better blend of friction and region, and that is something thats really impressive, because when youre coming to a halt or if you encounter emergency, you want to brake hard. It is very, very natural.
You dont get a knee jerk reaction; it does not feel inconsistent or lackluster in any way, and it definitely does not feel wooden. It is a lot more sure footed, and that is something that is very impressive. On the nexon, eva max tata has also introduced a 7.2 kilowatt fast charge, option which costs 50 000 rupees more, and that plays a huge role in the recharging times a full charge of zero. Two hundred percent takes six point: five hours on the seven point: two kilowatt ac wall box charger on a 15 ampere plug the next one, ev max will take 15 hours from 10 to 100 and dc charging from zero to eighty percent. At 50. Kilowatt takes 56 minutes. However, if you dont buy the 7.2 kilowatt charger, you can always choose to opt for one later and get access to the fast charging. That said, if you buy the standard, nexon ev, it will not support the bigger charger. The next one evmax is priced from 17.74 lakh rupees to 19.24 lakh rupees, which is a good 2 lakh rupees more than the standard ev. However, for that relatively marginal extra, you get a larger battery, more range usable features and fast charging options.