The Defy EV, the first SUV from Bengaluru-based automotive startup Pravaig, has been unveiled. Pravaig has also disclosed the Defy EV SUV’s price, which is Rs 39.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The company Pravaig was established in 2011 in Jaipur and started producing specialized off-road buggies with the support of the French Eren group, a firm involved in the renewable energy sector. Its corporate headquarters and engineering center are currently located in Bengaluru.
Defy EV Exterior:
The Pravaig Defy features crossover-inspired cues and angular styling that gives it a butch appearance. The brand refers to the design theme as “brutal sophistication,” but there are styling elements on the SUV that resemble those on Range Rover SUVs. A wide LED light bar runs across the front styling, which has sharp cuts.
When viewed from the sides, the SUV’s top half is painted in contrast black, and the glasshouse appears large but has angular windows and a sloping roof that give it a sporty appearance. A prominent character line at the rear extends from the rear fender across the width and merges neatly with the tailgate as well as the horizontal LED light bar.
According to Pravaig, the SUV has a “notably dynamic” shape and a drag coefficient of 0.33. The brand also stated that the Defy SUV borrows styling cues from the Extinction MK1, an EV sports car demonstrator that we previously drove. The SUV will come standard with a panoramic fixed roof.
The Defy EV SUV is outfitted with 18-inch alloy wheels and 255/65R18 tires. It also comes with optional “aero covers,” which, according to the brand, add up to 10km or more range per charge, particularly on highways and high-speed routes.
Defy EV Interior:
According to Pravaig, the five-seat interior of the Defy SUV, including the seat upholstery and carpets, is made from sustainable fabrics (recycled materials like PET). Inside, the brand claims to have used only vegan leather. The seats have six-way power adjustment and ventilation, and they can self-adjust to the cabin temperature.
On the dashboard, a large 15.6-inch touchscreen display takes center stage. The infotainment system is highly customizable, allows users to browse the internet, and serves as a navigation screen via 5G connectivity. According to the brand, the infotainment system will also include onboard gaming with a variety of options, and more games can be added via OTA updates.
For the Defy SUV, Pravaig also provides a unique four-seat interior that can be customized with two separate rear captain seats, a 240V outlet, a wireless charger, and two separate 15.6-inch screens.
Additional features include front and back passenger climate control zones, as well as interior pre-conditioning via a connected car app. The Defy EV SUV will also come standard with mood lighting. Additionally, two high-power USB-C ports that can also charge laptops will be included, along with multiple wireless chargers. The SUV will have a special key card and be lockable or unlockable via connected car technology.
Range, battery, and charging for the Defy EV:
The Pravaig Defy SUV is equipped with two electric motors that together produce 620Nm and 407 horsepower. The Defy is comparable to SUVs like the Mercedes EQC, Audi e-Tron, and Jaguar iPace at this power output. Additionally, the SUV has three levels of regeneration that allow one-pedal driving. The SUV has disc brakes on all four wheels with ABS and ESP.
According to Pravaig, the Defy SUV can be charged using a fast charger or even a home charging setup. The SUV will have an optional home charger that has a charging capacity of up to 7.2kW and can extend the range by up to 300 kilometers in about eight hours. A 150kW DC charging setup is also manageable by the electric SUV. The company is currently working on partnerships with numerous Indian charging infrastructure providers.
The Defy SUV, according to Pravaig, includes a 5-module Li-ion battery with 5,000 Hardcase shells. With a 90.9 kWh battery, Pravaig claims the Defy will have a real-world range of more than 500km.