Maruti 800 Imagined As An EV

by Mohit Bhardwaj | 10/04/2020
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Ever imagined the Maruti 800 as an EV of future? Here's how it might look like.

In the last few years, some of the iconic brand names like the Santro, Bajaj Chetak, and Jawa have made their way back to the market. By the end of this year, Gypsy will also be making its way back to the market. However, the most iconic name in the Indian car culture is Maruti 800. It is the car that gave the Indians a taste of car ownership at an affordable price tag. It was the cheapest car offering until the launch of Tata Nano. Recently, a digital designer named Rajshekhar Dass tried his hands to come up with his imagination of how would a Maruti 800 EV look like.

Maruti 800 Imagined As An EV

Maruti 800 EV retains the original silhouette of the car.

According to the designer, he has collected all of his memories associated with the Maruti 800, which he spotted for the first time at an island in Turkey. Maruti pulled the plug on the 800 in 2014 after spending almost 3 decades on the production line. In this period, Maruti sold more than 25 lakh units of the 800. This justifies the love that 800 will get if it is brought back to the Indian automotive scene.

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Dass says that the electric revolution would be the perfect moment to revive the legacy of the 800. He has visioned the 800 as a city dweller with just 130 km of range on a single charge to keep the cost and weight of the car in check. He thinks that a fingerprint scanner based locking mechanism and the use of IoT features will boost its oomph factor furthermore.

Maruti 800 Imagined As An EV

The designer imagines the car with futuristic interior.

Talking of the design, Dass has imagined the 800 with its iconic silhouette on the outside with the old Maruti Suzuki logo. The door handles on the rendering are, however, inspired from the Range Rover Velar. On the inside, Dass has imagined the car with a super-wide digital display that works as an instrument cluster and as the infotainment system’s head unit. In the end, these are just the imagination of a tech-savvy digital artist who happens to be a big fan of the legendary Maruti 800. And we believe that Maruti should consider bringing back the car as a lifestyle EV to take on the Mahindra e2O since the 800 was unarguably a dream car for many and have a lot of emotional strings attached to it.

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