Tata Motors upgraded the petrol powered variants of Tiago and Tigor with new design in January, while the electric variant of the Tigor is set to receive same design updates in the coming months
A fully camouflaged example of the 2020 Tata Tigor EV facelift has been spotted testing in public recently. While there are no obvious visual clues to indicate the nature of powertrain under the hood, according to the eyewitness, the prototype emitted no engine sound, indicating its an EV.
Changes to the Tata Tigor EV facelift will be largely cosmetic. Just like its IC-engined sibling, the sub-4m electric notchback will adopt a revised front end with projector headlamps, LED DRLs, sleeker grille with new pattern and a reprofiled rear bumper with a black diffuser and chrome strip. There will also be new alloy wheels.
Changes on the inside will include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, fully digital instrument console and updated touchscreen infotainment system from Harman. We expect EV specific trims and accents on the dashboard.
Though Tata Tigor EV was made available to private car buyers from October 2019, majority of the business comes from fleet operators who are happy with the vehicle’s existing powertrain. Sourced from Electrodrive Powertrain Solutions Pvt. Ltd., the Tigor EV’s Electra system consists of a 3-phase AC induction motor which is rated at 30 kW (40.2 hp).
After complaints about low range, Tata Motors upgraded the EV’s battery pack to a 21.5 kWh lithium-ion unit which is good enough for a range of 213 km on a full charge as per ARAI tests. The battery takes around 11.5 hours to achieve full charge though a conventional AC power socket. A 15 kW DC fast charger can help the unit achieve 80% of charge in just 2 hours.
The existing Tata Tigor EV is priced at INR 13.09 lakh for private buyers who are not entitled for government subsidy. The commercial operators can purchase the car at INR 9.44 lakh (inclusive of subsidy). Both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. We expect 2020 Tata Tigor EV to receive a nominal price hike. Direct rival to the Tata Tigor EV is the Mahindra eVerito. Both planning to increase market share in the fleet operator market.