With almost all carmakers in India either already having an electric option in their lineup or announcing one, Maruti Suzuki sure doesn’t want to be left behind. While ideally it should lead from the front, the Maruti Suzuki Futuro-E concept to be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020 will be it’s first concrete step towards electrification in India.
The Maruti Suzuki Futuro-E concept is a coupe-SUV, the body type that has intrigued the Indian car buyer in the recent times. While it has been proven in the luxury segments, Suzuki thinks it will also be received well in the budget segment, where the Japanese carmaker has more than 50 per cent market share.
So, Maruti Suzuki aims to kill two birds in one shot – showcasing a coupe-SUV and an electric vehicle in the same concept. In terms of positioning, the Futuro-E would certainly be around something like the MG eZS electric SUV which will come to a showroom near you in two days and with an electric powertrain, it will try and give the Koreans,Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos, some competition.
Suzuki’s foray into the premium segments has been a sordid affair more often than not and the Futuro-E based product would certainly want to change that. It might also reveal a new platform for the premium segment, something that can spawn a premium sedan to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic. At the moment, we think that the concept makes a great case for itself and should also have futuristic interior. Maruti Suzuki off late has been lauded for its quality both inside and out. The Maruti Suzuki Futuro-E concept should take this a notch higher and then project the manufacturer into the premium space. While it’s too early to talk about the powertrain, expect a 200km range offering at least and with a 140km top speed. There should be regenerative braking as well as fast charging option provided. Something that will charge the vehicle in less than two hours. Or perhaps a regular charger that takes less than seven hours for full juice.
Stay tuned to Auto Alive for more details on the Maruti Suzuki Futuro-E as we bring it to you from the Auto Expo 2020 in February.