The upcoming Tata Curvv EV will likely launch in India early next year, followed by petrol- and diesel-powered versions later
Tata Motors recently unveiled a midsize SUV concept, named ‘Curvv’. Tata Curvv is a midsize coupe-style SUV, which is expected to be launched next year. Considering Tata’s previous concept cars, we expect the final production version of Curvv to be not too different from the concept version, at least in terms of exterior design.
Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles, has stated that the ‘Generation 2’ architecture [which will underpin Tata Curvv] has been altered to better accommodate an all-electric powertrain. We expect this forthcoming coupe SUV to have a significantly larger battery pack, which should mean that its driving range will be much better than Nexon EV.
The electric motor propelling Tata Curvv will have a higher power rating as well, in comparison to Nexon EV. It should be noted that the latter is scheduled for an update later this month. As per speculations, a larger 40 kWh battery option (long-range version) will be added to it, along with a few additional features, while the existing 30.2 kWh battery option will remain on sale.
Tata Curvv will get two IC engine options as well, expected to be a 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.5-litre petrol engine. The petrol mill will be a four-cylinder version of the brand’s three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, which is available on Nexon and Altroz. This new powerplant is expected to generate around 160 PS of peak power.
The diesel engine of Curvv will likely be an updated version of the carmaker’s existing 1.5L oil-burner, which also does duty on Altroz and Nexon. Tata Motors will offer both manual and automatic gearbox options here. However, it should be noted that the EV version will go on sale first, and the IC engine version will launch later.
Tata Motors is currently leading the electric passenger car market in India, and with Curvv, we expect the carmaker to boost its EV sales number significantly. We expect Curvv EV to be a rival to Hyundai Kona Electric and MG ZS EV, while its IC-engine version would be a competitor to Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, Kia Seltos, etc.