Tata Motors is making a concerted effort to expand its presence in the electric four-wheeler market through its electric vehicles division. The company has been actively testing the upcoming Punch EV, a micro-SUV with electric power, and a new test mule of this vehicle was recently spotted undergoing testing. This latest test mule has unveiled additional details about the upcoming Punch EV.
New updates of the Punch EV
The latest spy shots of the Punch EV test mule were obtained from Motoroctane. According to reports, this new test mule was seen undergoing testing on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. In terms of exterior design, there were no significant changes observed compared to the previous test mules. The most notable alteration on the exterior was the introduction of a new set of alloy wheels, which are likely the production-spec wheels. Previously, the alloy wheels resembled those on the outgoing Tiago and ICE Punch models.
In addition to the updated alloy wheels, the test mule featured a new infotainment screen. This new unit is a floating 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It remains to be seen whether this 10.25-inch display will be similar to the one in the Creative variant of the Nexon facelift or if it will have thinner bezels akin to the Fearless variant.
Aside from these updates, the Punch EV test mule didn’t reveal many details. It’s worth noting that the company has added a fake exhaust tip to the vehicle to maintain discretion. With the increasing frequency of these test mule sightings, it is expected that the launch of this highly anticipated EV SUV is drawing closer. Most likely, it will be introduced before the end of the year during the upcoming festive season.
Design and powertrain
In terms of design updates, the Punch EV will feature EV badges and blue accents to signal its electrified nature. It will also receive a front-end design refresh, drawing inspiration from the recently launched Tata Nexon EV facelift. Apart from these changes, its exterior appearance will closely resemble that of the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) Punch model.
Regarding the powertrain, specific details about the Punch EV’s electric propulsion system remain undisclosed. However, it is highly likely that the Punch EV will adopt Tata’s Ziptron technology, which is also utilized in the Tata Tiago EV and Nexon EV.
Tata Motors currently offers the Tiago EV, a popular electric hatchback available with multiple battery pack options, each offering varying ranges. The Tiago EV is equipped with a 24 kWh battery pack, providing an MIDC-certified range of 315 km. Additionally, there is a smaller 19.2 kWh battery pack variant, offering an MIDC-certified range of 250 km. These range figures are expected to be retained for the Tata Punch EV.