We know that India’s largest automobile manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki India Limited is working on an electric vehicle for quite some time. Earlier, the vehicle was spied with a camouflage and the pictures were not clear. However, this time the pictures are quite clear.
Earlier, the manufacturer was testing the WagonR Electric that is sold in the Japanese market. It was tested in all kinds of weather conditions. The manufacturer must have taken the observations and they will apply it to the new electric vehicle
The new EV is based on the WagonR with its tall boy design and other design elements. Even some of the body panels looks the same as the WagonR. However, there are updated headlamps and tail lamps so that it is easier to identify the vehicle. Also, this is the first time that we can see the Suzuki logo clearly.
At the front, there are split tail lamps. The upper strip contains a turn indicator and has been blacked out. The main headlamp is placed in the bumper. Because it is an electric vehicle, there is no grille in the front. There is a slim air dam placed between the fog lamps. This air dam should help in cooling down the electric motors.
From the side profile, we can see it uses the same door and door handle design that we have seen on WagonR. It also has a tall boy design. So, there should be ample of headroom on offer. The blacked-out alloy wheels are derived from the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the turn indicators are mounted on the outside rearview mirrors.
At the rear, there are vertical tail lamps that have been blacked-out. The rear bumper is also redesigned and has a black strip that runs across the width of the vehicle. There are also two vertical reflector strips placed right below the tail lamps.
As of now, no specs regarding the battery or driving range is revealed. However, we expect it to have a driving range of atleast 200 km and the manufacturer should also offer some kind of fast charging options. It could be based on Maruti Suzuki’s Heartect platfrom that also underpins the petrol powered WagonR and other vehicles such as Swift, Baleno, Dzire etc.
Also, we do still do not have clear pictures of the interior. But from earlier pictures we do know that the WagonR would come with a multi-function steering wheel. It would also have automatic climate control because if the battery gets too low then the ECU would turn off the air conditioning automatically.
In the earlier pictures, the hatchback was missing an infotainment system. So, it is possible that Maruti Suzuki is working on their 7-inch SmartPlay infotainment system that could also show details regarding the battery. If not, they would offer the regular SmarPlay system that we have seen in other vehicles. It comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and is fairly easy to use. The instrument cluster would be an analogue unit and there would be a small display that should show the battery range and battery left.