Maruti Suzuki is working on a new affordable electric vehicle whose prototypes has been spotted quite a few times on our Indian roads. Previously, there were rumours that the vehicle might be rebadged as Toyota when it goes on sale. However, in the latest spy shots, we can see the Maruti Suzuki logo clearly. So, the new electric vehicle should come as a Maruti Suzuki vehicle when it is launched in our country.
The overall design and the proportions of the electric vehicle are very similar to WagonR. So, the new EV might be based on the WagonR. It still has an overall squarish look with a tall boy design to ensure there is ample space for the occupants. The front fascia has been completely redesigned to look modern and so that can be differentiated from the regular WagonR.
It now comes with a split headlamp setup. In the pictures, we can clearly see that the upper black strip houses the turn indicators while the lower unit has the main headlamp unit. Both the turn indicators are joined with a black strip that houses the Maruti Suzuki logo. If you look close enough you would be able to see a blue surround around the logo which signifies that this is an electric vehicle. The headlamp unit is expected to be a projector setup. It is still not known if Maruti Suzuki will be using halogens or LEDs for the lights.
There is no traditional front grille because being there is no engine under the bonnet that needs cooling. However, there is a slim air dam in the lower half of the bumper is there to cool down the electric components. The air dam also houses fog lamps to increase visibility. The side profile is quite similar to the WagonR. The alloy wheels are derived from the Ignis and are blacked out which go with the white colour of the hatchback.
At the rear, the up-right tailgate is just like we have seen on the WagonR. There are blacked-out tail lamps that are placed vertically. The bumper is new with a black insert and there are also two vertical reflectors placed in the bumper. It also comes with a rear wiper, two rear parking sensors and a high-mounted stop lamp.
The interior of the EV is also expected to boast some minor changes. For instance, it will come with automatic climate control, a different gear shifter and a slightly different instrument console. The instrument cluster will be adapted for an electric vehicle so it will show the battery and driving range.
The dashboard still has vertical air conditioning vents and a similar steering wheel that we have seen on the WagonR. Maruti Suzuki is expected to offer the EV with the SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The important elements like pricing and driving range will decide whether the WagonR EV is successful in India or not. Tata has the Nexon EV but its sales numbers are nowhere close to the regular Nexon. People will take time to adapt to electric vehicles because of range anxiety. Also, one of the biggest hurdles is the missing charging infrastructure in India.