Here, we have a spy picture of the upcoming Maruti Wagon-R EV, or the Maruti XL5, spotted during a road test in the streets of Gurugram.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited has been working on an electric version of its extremely popular tall-boy hatchback, the Wagon-R, for quite some time now. The test mule of the upcoming EV has been spied multiple times now, and it seems like the launch is only a few months away from us. Vipul Chaudhary, an avid reader of IndianAuto, has once again spied a prototype during its road test.
While nothing has been confirmed by Maruti about the Wagon-R EV, previous reports suggest that it will wear a new nameplate- XL5. As per recent reports, the upcoming Maruti Wagon-R EV will only be available for fleet operators, and there might not be a passenger vehicle version anytime soon. This does seem like a wise choice indeed, since there isn’t a proper EV infrastructure in India for the public, which makes an electric vehicle an impractical driving option. To charge their vehicle, an EV-owner will have to return back home or look for electric charging stations, which aren’t many in India.
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There will be plenty of visual differences between the Wagon-R and the XL5, which will help us distinguish them from each other. The XL5 will feature a new front end, with vertically split headlights and new grille design. At the sides, we’ll see new alloy wheels. The rear portion of the car will feature high-mounted taillights, partially integrated into the C-pillar, and a new bumper design as well. Overall, this design looks far more handsome than the regular Wagon R we currently have on sale in India.
We expect the interior of the XL5 to have the same overall design as the Wagon R, but with slight alterations here and there. Of course, the instrument cluster will be different, and there won’t be any tachometer as there is no internal combustion engine here. The specifications of the battery and electric motor are unknown at the moment, and Maruti will probably only disclose the information close to the launch date. We speculate that the driving range will be close to 170 to 190 Km on a single charge, which is similar to other EVs available to fleet operators.