EV variant catapults Tata Nexon ahead of Hyundai Creta as India’s largest selling SUV in fiscal 2022


Electric vehicles may still be a drop in the ocean for passenger vehicles in India but for Tata Nexon, it made a big difference in fiscal 2022. Sales of the electric version of the SUV grew over three fold during the year at 14,248 units against 4,219 units a year ago and it helped the brand pip Hyundai Creta to become the largest selling SUV in the country.

The Nexon recorded overall sales of 124,130 units recording a 95 percent surge in sales and was a little over 6000 units ahead of the Hyundai Creta which sold 118,092 units. Without the electric version, Nexon would have been some distance behind the Korean brand. It is the first time that a Tata brand has emerged as the best selling SUV in the country. The tally in fiscal 2022 was also the highest for a Tata brand in 15 years, since the Indica logged 135,642 units in fiscal 2008.

“As the consumer trend is transitioning towards SUVs, we are noticing that our portfolio is growing much stronger and Tata Nexon, since its launch, has been pivotal in accelerating our growth in the SUV segment. Today’s millennial buyers bring in a higher level of consciousness around safety as well as the environment,” said Shailesh Chandra, managing director, Passenger Vehicles and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility. “Tata Nexon, as a brand, has resonated well with these buyers. With the 5-star Global NCAP ratings, it has created benchmarks in the segment. With the Nexon EV, we have diversified our offering and have been successful in creating a niche in the segment.”

The Nexon EV was launched in early 2020 and has a 30.2 KWh lithium ion battery pack with an ARAI certified range of 312 kilometers. Its electric motor produces 229 PS power and 245 NM of torque and it is priced between INR 14.79-17.40 lakh (excluding state subsidies).

On Wednesday, the company will launch a long range version of the car–Nexon EV Max, with a bigger 40 KWh battery pack promising more power than the existing Nexon EV and higher range of upto 400 kilometers. It is likely to cost INR 3-4 lakh more.

With the Nexon and Tigor EVs,

has taken the early lead in India’s electric passenger vehicle market. It has plans to launch 10 new electric vehicles by 2025 and recently showcased two concept models–Curvv and Avinya, giving a glimpse of the platforms that will underpin its EVs of the future. The model based on the Avinya concept will enter production in 2025 and will have a range of over 500 kilometers.

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