Maruti Suzuki is working on a new electric vehicle based on the WagonR. The new vehicle has been spied a couple of times on the Indian roads. However, according to the latest reports, the electric vehicle could be rebadged as a Toyota and it could be called Hyryder as per the latest trademark that the Toyota has filed. The new electric vehicle is expected to launch sometime late this year or early next year. Here, we have the first clear spy shots of the new vehicle.
We can see that the overall tall boy design is very reminiscent of the current WagonR. However, the manufacturer has worked extensively on the exterior to differentiate it from Maruti’s WagonR. However, the cabin layout and design are the same as the WagonR.
At the front, we can see the electric vehicle uses a split headlamp setup. The upper strip has a blacked-out interior and it only boasts a circular orange turn indicator. The upper strip continues to form the logo which has been removed because the vehicle is in a testing phase.
Then there is the main headlamp unit which has a single projector setup. We do not know if it will be a halogen unit or an LED unit as of now. Then there is the fog lamps and an air dam which might be there to cool the internals. Because it is an electric vehicle, it does not need air flow to cool down the engine so there is no traditional grille.
It is the side profile where you would see the WagonR design language instantly. No major changes have been made except for the fact that there is a new set of alloy wheels. The door handles are the same as the WagonR and the hatchback also comes with turn indicators mounted on outside rearview mirrors.
At the rear, there is quite a bit of change. It still uses a vertical tail lamp but the tail lamp itself is an all-new unit. The tail lamp is blacked out and it uses LEDs instead of conventional halogens. There is a rear wiper and washer along with a high-mounted stop lamp. There are two reflectors in the bumpers that have been placed vertically.
There is also some pictures of the cabin of the new electric vehicle. The interior of the EV is also quite similar to the WagonR. It uses the same three-spoke steering wheel. The steering wheel also has controls for the infotainment system and Bluetooth control. However, we can see that there is no infotainment system installed in the dashboard. The manual air conditioning system has been replaced with an automatic climate control system and there is a cubby space just beneath it. There is a gear shifter from the automatic transmission because being an electric vehicle, it does not have conventional transmission.
The rest of the dashboard is the same as the WagonR. So, there are vertically mounted air conditioning vents and the speedometer has also been taken from the previous WagonR. Having said that there is a new multi-information display right below the speedometer.