Tata Motors has been aggressively expanding its electrified product portfolio and the company is expected to launch more electrified models – either new or based on existing products. One of these EVs could be the Tata Punch EV, which is undergoing field testing for the first time. The electric derivative of the tiny SUV recently showed up on the flatbed in a fully camouflaged avatar.
Compared to the petrol-powered model, the camouflaged Tata Punch EV reveals little about any of the cosmetic changes we can expect from the electrified version. That said, Tata is expected to add lots of blue trim and aero wheels, as seen on the Tiago and Tigor EV, which will signal its electric character. A charging port will replace the gas cap, although it’s in the same place.
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There are, however, significant differences. The Punch EV test mule has rear disc brakes, while the petrol Punch has drum brakes. The images also give us glimpses of a cabin equipped with a rotary dial and an electronic parking brake. We’d also like to see features like auto-hold, wireless charging, and more on electric models.
The dashboard layout remains the same, including the older Harman 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The unit has aged even on the regular Punch, and we expect to see newer and larger units that debuted on the Harrier and Safari recently and will eventually trickle down to newer Tata cars. The model will also come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a premium interior.
There is no word on the powertrain of the Tata Punch EV, but the model may share the same powertrain as the Tiago EV. Tata can only offer the high-power version with the PMS motor putting out 74 bhp and 114 Nm of peak torque. The model will also come with at least two driving modes — City and Sport. The automaker can also go ahead with the 24 kWh battery pack, which can go around 300 kilometers (allegedly) on a single charge. The Tiago EV claims a range of 315 km (MIDC cycle) using the same battery.
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The Tata Punch EV will enter a segment where the Citroen E-C3 is already sold.The latter is priced between ¥1.15 million and ¥1.243 million (ex-showroom, India), which Tata hopes to match or undercut. That should make for an interesting comparison of the two, both of which offer the benefits of SUV styling with the convenience of an EV. There is no official launch schedule for the Tata Punch EV yet, but the automaker could launch the model by the end of this year or sometime next year. Tata also has a production version of the Harrier EV as well as the Curvv EV.
First published date: May 13, 2023 at 15:37 PM CST