Maruti Suzuki is working on an electric vehicle for quite a few years now. It is likely to be based on the WagonR as we can see from the design of the vehicle. As of now, there is no information about the launch of the new WagonR EV. However, we do have some new spy shots of the electric vehicle in which it is not camouflaged so we can clearly see what the WagonR EV looks like.
It still retains the tall boy design that we have seen on the WagonR for years now. This ensures that there is enough headroom for the occupants. Up-front the turn indicators are placed above and the main headlamp unit sits in the bumper. It is using a projector set up and it is also equipped with fog lamps. There is no visible grille because there is no internal combustion engine that needs air. It seems like there is an air dam between the fog lamps that cools down the electric motors.
The side profile is identical to the WagonR. The alloy wheels are derived from the Ignis. So, we can expect the tyre sizes should also be the same as Ignis and the alloys could measure 15-inches in size. There are also some pronounced wheel arches.
Then we come to the rear where we can see vertical tail lamps that are now blacked out. There is a rear wiper with a washer and a high mounted stop lamp. There is also a chrome strip above the number plate which has been covered because the name of the vehicle is expected to be written there just like we saw on WagonR Stingray. The rear bumper is also redesigned, it gets vertical reflector strips and a horizontal black stripe.
The interior will also be very similar to the one found on the WagonR. It will get the same three-spoke steering wheel with phone controls and audio controls for the infotainment system. There will be automatic climate control also and a cubby space that can be used to store wallets and mobile phones. It uses an AMT gear lever. The instrument cluster is still an analogue unit with a small display that should display the battery level and range.
Maruti focusing on alternative fuels
The largest automobile manufacturer is already focusing more on CNG powered vehicles and mild-hybrid technology. They have shelved the plan of bringing back the 1.5-litre diesel engine. Maruti Suzuki already offers factory-fitted CNG vehicles and some of their vehicles come with SHVS mild-hybrid technology. The Swift, Vitara Brezza and Dzire will soon be getting CNG powertrain and their upcoming vehicles will get mild-hybrid technology. Their new focus could be electric vehicles as Tata Motors has already proven that electric vehicles can work in India. The Nexon EV is the best selling electric vehicle in India and they recently also launched Tigor EV which is now the most affordable electric vehicle in our country.