While we already have reported to you about the upcoming WagonR before, today we bring you some spy shots of the upcoming electric version WagonR. Maruti Suzuki will be launching its first electric vehicle in the Indian market in 2020.
The current generation WagonR has been on the production cycle for long and the company has planned to replace it for sometime now. This is especially important now as Hyundai has launched a new version of its popular tall boy hatchback, the Santro.
It will be in the Wagon R guise and based on the Japanese model of the WagonR. Suzuki launched the new WagonR in Japan a year back. The company wants to become the leading company in the EV sector as well and has been preparing for the same.
Talking of the the interiors, they are quite same as on the Japanese version model which is made more apparent by the dash mounted standalone touchscreen. The all black interiors with purple inserts look quite basic and functional to say the least. The instrument cluster is unconventionally placed at the centre of the dashboard as in the Toyota Etios. The small gear lever is mounted directly onto the dash near the steering wheel, something which many would find convenient to use.
The AC vents are wide and horizontally positioned to maximize the cooling along with maintaining a proper airflow. The steering wheel is a chunky unit as seen in the pictures and has integrated media/telephony controls as well. However, we expect Maruti Suzuki to make some changes to the car, both on the interior and the exterior before they finally launch the car here. This is because of the demographic change as well as ownership and usage pattern change between the two countries.
The electric Wagon R debuted at the MOVE Summit in New Delhi which took place in September. Currently, the vehicle is going through testing phase and are developed by Suzuki’s HQ in Japan and manufactured at Maruti Suzuki’s local facility in Gurugram, Haryana via CKD route. The Japanese version of the Wagon R sits on Heartect architecture, which is the same one that underpins the upcoming new Ertiga.
For exterior changes, Suzuki’s partnership with Toyota will come handy taking developments forward. The test mules are said to be powered by a 72 volt system with 10 to 25 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The exact range and the price bracket of the upcoming EV is yet know. But, we can expect it to offer around 80 to 90 km on a single charge.The batteries will be produced in collaboration with Toyota’s Denso and Toshiba as a huge investment has been made into the new Suzuki’s battery plant in Gujarat.