Tata Nexon EV paved the way for electric vehicles in India, setting a precedent with its affordable pricing. This success has spurred other automakers like Mahindra, Hyundai, and Kia to enter the EV market in India. With an eye on the sub-20 lakh segment, several exciting electric SUVs are set to make their debut in the coming years. Let’s take a closer look at these upcoming models:
Maruti, India’s largest manufacturer, has revealed its first electric SUV, the eVX, which is set to launch by 2025. Positioned as a C-SUV, the eVX boasts a distinctive coupe-like design with bold features. It will offer a twin-screen setup for the touchscreen system and digital instrument cluster, along with advanced features such as 360-degree cameras and ADAS. The eVX will be available in two variants with 60kWh and 48kWh battery packs, offering impressive real-life ranges of 450-500km and 400km respectively.
Honda Elevate EV
Honda is set to electrify its popular SUV, the Elevate, by 2026. While details about the battery specifications are scarce, the EV version will retain the spacious interior of the ICE model with added blue accents. The exterior design might feature subtle changes, including a closed-up grille and unique alloy wheels. The Elevate EV is expected to offer a competitive range of around 450km.
Hyundai Creta EV
Building upon the success of the ICE Creta, Hyundai is gearing up to launch the Creta EV. Spotted testing in Chennai, the EV version is likely to incorporate design cues from the upcoming Creta facelift. It will feature a closed-up grille, redesigned bumpers, new alloy wheels, and updated headlamps & tail lamps. The Creta EV is expected to share advanced features with the facelift version, including a fully digital instrument cluster, 360-degree parking camera, front parking sensors, HUD, and ADAS. Power is anticipated to come from a 55kWh-60kWh battery pack, providing a range of 450-500km.
Kia is set to introduce a new SUV, codenamed AY, positioned between the Sonet and Seltos. This SUV will be available in both ICE and EV versions. While specific details are limited, the AY is expected to offer excellent headroom and legroom, making it a practical choice. The EV variant might come with off-road capabilities and a range suitable for city driving. The AY is anticipated to launch around 2025, with prices ranging from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 24 lakh (on-road, Mumbai).
Tata Punch EV
Tata Motors, a leader in the EV segment, is ready to electrify the Punch model. The Punch EV will retain the core design of the ICE Punch but with distinct features such as connected DRLs, all LED headlamps, and an electronic parking brake. It will boast advanced technology including a 10.25-inch touchscreen system, connected car features, 360-degree camera, and more. Powering the Punch EV will be a 26-30kWh LFP battery pack, providing a range of 330-350km. The Punch EV is expected to hit the roads by the end of this year or early next year, priced between Rs 13.5 lakh to Rs 17 lakh (on-road, Mumbai).
Tata is set to make a splash in the C-SUV segment with the Curvv, available in both ICE and EV versions. The Curvv, based on Tata’s X1 platform, promises a coupe-like SUV design with bold features and ample space. It will come loaded with features like touch-sensitive HVAC controls, illuminated steering wheel, dual-tone dashboard, and a digital instrument cluster. While exact power figures are undisclosed, the Curvv EV is expected to offer a range of 450km to 500km. The Curvv EV is slated for launch in 2024, with some variants priced under Rs 20 lakh (on-road, Mumbai).
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