In its 20th consecutive year of participation, Tata Motors have revealed an electric sedan concept at the Geneva Motor Show 2018. While the highlight of the launch was the EVision concept, Tata also displayed the recently unveiled H5X SUV concept and 45X premium hatchback concept first time on the international level.
The Indian carmaker used the platform to great effect with the global showcase of the sleek EVision Sedan Concept that demonstrates the flexibility of Tata’s a slightly modified version of the modular Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced (OMEGA) platform and also previews an interior concept for Tata electric vehicles of the future. The OMEGA platform has been derived from the sister company Land Rover’s D8 architecture and also underpins the H5X SUV. This scalable platform will underpin more Tata models in the future after the H5X and the E-Vision and the upcoming cars are likely to offer electric avatars as well.
After these concepts were first unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo in Delhi, the electric sedan concept has now become the third model to embellish Tata’s new Impact 2.0 design language after the H5X SUV and the 45X hatchback concepts and preview future models from the Indian car manufacturer in their respective segments. And as what was evident after seeing the H5X and the 45X, the E-Vision looks totally different what you have seen from Tata Motors till now. Unlike the flashy 45X and H5X, the E-Vision looks elegant and mature. Not being all-electric platform, Omega architecture based E-Vision concept sedan could also form the basis of Tata’s first-ever future D-segment sedan that could give a run for the money to the Skoda Octavia, the Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla Altis.
The design elements of the E-Vision sedan include clean surfacing and slim LED headlights along with large wheels and a bold ‘humanity line’ that connects to the headlights and grille. It has that crouched down look with the nose diving in at the front, similar to the Tata’s 45X concept, which in turn pushes the face of the car further down with a relatively elongated bonnet – a design element that is quite familiar and visible on the new Volkswagen Polo and Virtus sedan. The swooped inside grille is flanked by sleek headlamps. The roofline of the concept sedan has is coupe-like and features a thick C-pillar. The new car from Tata gets sleek wraparound LED tail lamps in the rear along with the 'Vision' badge that stretches across the width of the car.
The E-Vision’s elegant exterior design is complemented by its interior, which has a touch of minimalism in it. The multi-layered, similar to the H5X, features a light beige colored theme and wood highlighters. Apart from the regular instrument cluster, there's an additional one on top of the dashboard, which pops out as and when required. Further, the infotainment system also sticks out of the dashboard and there’s an absence of central console that starts from the dashboard of the car and separates the front two seats, which is quite visible in the modern day cars. The absence of central console leaves plenty of room for passengers at the front.
Tata Motors is yet to announce the details of the E-Vision’s electric powertrain save for mentioning that it will possess a sub-7 second 0-100kmph sprint time and a maximum speed of 200kmph. It is expected that the new E-Vision concept will have a range of about 300km to 400km from a battery of an unknown capacity that will power the dual electric motors ascended at either axles. This ability puts it in the league of the likes of the Hyundai Ioniq, Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3 that are capable to cover around 300 kilometers on a full charge. It is likely to believe that the production-spec version of the car could also feature a hybrid powertrain.
The lower-spec variants of the production-spec H5X which is expected to launch in the first half of 2019, will come up with the pricing to go against the Hyundai Creta and the higher-spec trims are expected to rival against the Jeep Compass. The SUV will be offered with five-seat and seven-seat configurations which is also a highlight. THE H5X SUV will be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Multijet turbo-diesel engine (same like its rival, the Compass) in two variants – 140hp on the five-seat model and 170hp on the seven-seat model of the SUV.
Although India is still not an all-electric market, Tata is soon to enter this market with the Tigor EV, which was displayed in February at the Auto Expo 2018. It is expected that more electric and hybrid cars will be added to the Tata’s fleet as the Government of India is expected to implement corporate average fuel efficiency (CAFÉ) norms from 2022, which will require all the automotive manufacturers to have a minimum average fuel efficiency for the entire portfolio; and the presence of hybrid and electric cars will make it easier for them to achieve the provided fuel efficiency targets. It might sound over-ambitious right now, but it won’t be surprising if Tata comes up with a production version of the E-Vision sedan in the upcoming years. The big players of Indian passenger car market Mahindra, Hyundai and several others car manufacturers are setting up to launch long-range and relatively capable electric cars in the market soon.