At Auto Expo held in January 2023, Tata had showcased the Sierra EV that looks modern and kind-of futuristic, it’s almost production-ready SUV that’ll take on the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, and other rivals in this segment.
Tata Sierra EV – What you need to know
Tata Motors had showcased the near-production ready Sierra EV at Auto Expo 2023, and the highlight of the EV would probably be side profile that has a big, single-pane wrap-around window over the B and C pillar giving Sierra a unique design and identity that stands out real good. But the best part about the wrap-around window is that it’s not fixed, so why does it look like it’s one single fixed window.
Well, according to Tata Design Head, Martin Uhlarik, who designed the Sierra explains, “We had to keep the signature of the wrap-over glass, but at the same time we’re not designing a retro car.” So, to achieve the one single-pane fixed wrap-around window, Tata uses visual tricks, the wrap-around glass is replaced by the rounded black plastic to make it look like it’s one single-piece. The rear window is flush mounted with the behind one giving an impression of one single window.
Moreover, the C-pillar is actually hidden behind the glass that is finished in black and the D-pillar is slightly blacked for the impression of floating roof. At the rear, the Sierra gets a wide-clamshell tailgate that makes it look like the SUV is taller and wider. A thin LED light bar that is slightly curved or wraps a little around the D-pillar as it’s one single LED unit. At the front, one might expect it to look like the 1990s Sierra, but it doesn’t look anything like the original Sierra. The new Sierra EV combines the LED DRLs and connecting LED light bar into one single unit for a curvy, headlamps is positioned below the light bar, and fog lamps is placed above the bumpers. The Sierra EV is built on the Tata’s Gen 2 architecture which is a modified ALFA platform.
From the inside, the best seats in the EV are the rear seats as the legroom and kneeroom is just insane compared to other SUVs. The rear seats are pushed back to increase the comfort space for the passengers although this would affect the boot space but I guess the lounge experience will be worth it, and probably the boot space wouldn’t matter. The Sierra has a sofa-like rear seats that is very comfy, and reclined, and has under thigh support in case you want to make the rear seat your bed with the seats split in 50:50 ratio.
The windows at the rear are very big but it doesn’t have that continuous view like the 1990’s Sierra, but it has panoramic sunroof on top to make up for it. It has mini-vases at the pillars which Tata says will be carried over the production version similar to the Volkswagen Beetle. It is likely that the lounge experience Sierra variant won’t be the only one and that the normal 5-seater will be another variant Tata will offer.
The dashboard has a sharper 12-inch infotainment system attached with the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster for one seamless look, and it has a new four-spoke steering wheel with illuminated logo which is likely that Tata will replace it with the touch display on the steering wheel seen on the Nexon facelift spy shots that is due for launch in August. Rest the physical is eliminated and instead it has touch-sensitive controls for the climate control and for the other functions of the infotainment system. It has Steptronic Gear lever for drive shifts.