After committing to make electric vehicles in India along with Toyota’s expertise, Maruti Suzuki showcased a protoype at the MOVE Summit in Delhi. The MOVE summit was organised to bring the government as well as manufacturers together and discuss the future of mobility in India. Maruti says that they will start testing 50 electric vehicle prototypes in India from October 2018. The prototype showcased was that of a Maruti Suzuki Wagon R electric. It is also said that the next-generation Wagon R, on which this prototype is based, will be launched in November 2018.
Details of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R electric
Unfortunately apart from the body of the vehicle as well as design that is apparent from the images, nothing else has been revealed. We believe the carmaker will make use of its new battery plant in Gujarat for use in the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R electric. Strangely enough, the Wagon R EV that was showcased has been in series production since 2017 and is sold in Japan. The stranger part is the presence of grille inspite of the vehicle using electric power. One can also notice the blue tinge in the headlight cluster as well as projector headlights. The wing mirrors are now placed on the door and not on the A-pillar. The B-pillar too is a fat unit and the rear door handles are placed closer to the C-pillar. A look at the rear and it is less stylish than the car it replaces but nearly retains the same silhouette. The clear lens tail lights are located near the start of the bumper.
Expect more headroom, leg room as well as utility features in the cabin of the new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R electric. At present, the company will start evaluating the infrastructure, the range as well as adjustments that need to be made for the launch. It is likely that there will be government subsidies involved as well. Maruti though has clearly said that the Wagon R electric price in India will be around Rs 10 lakh. This is nearly double that of the regular car.
Images by Rajinder Singh Raina