At this year’s Auto Expo, Tata Motors will showcase three new electric vehicles, including the Punch EV, Curvv and Avinya concepts. The company will also unveil its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technology at mega-auto events. An official launch schedule for the Tata Punch EV has not been revealed yet, but reports suggest it could go into production around June 2023. The final production version of the electric mini SUV will go on sale during the 2023 festival season.
Tata Punch electric SUV features:
The electric mini-SUV will be designed on the new Sigma platform, which is essentially a heavily modified version of the Alfa architecture. It will be optimized for electrification. The new Sigma platform (aka Gen 2) can accommodate large battery packs and miss transmission tunnels. Compared to ICE-to-EV converted vehicles (e.g. Nexon, Tiago and Tigor), the Gen 2 architecture is expected to be lighter, wider and more efficient.
Tata Punch electric SUV Powertrain and battery
Powertrain details for the upcoming Tata Punch EV are yet to be known. However, it is expected to come with Tata’s Ziptroen technology, which includes a permanent magnet synchronous motor and battery pack. Like the Nexon, the electric mini SUV can come with multiple battery pack options. Rumor has it that Punch Electric could get 26kWh (borrowed from Thiago EV) and 30.2kWh (sourced from Nexon EV) battery packs.
Slight changes in appearance differentiate it from ICE-powered punches. This model may feature a closed grille, tuned front and rear bumpers, redesigned wheels and color accents. The interior will also receive some EV-related changes.
As far as pricing goes, the new Tata Punch EV costs around Rs 1 lakh – Rs 1.50 lakh more than its ICE-powered counterpart. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks.