Upcoming Maruti WagonR EV has been spied again while testing. The new electric hatchback is expected to hit the Indian shores by next year.
India’s biggest automaker, Maruti Suzuki has been working on expanding its vehicle line-up in India. The carmaker has plans to introduce new models with electric and hybrid powertrains. One can expect the new models to hit the Indian shores by next year. These days, Maruti is testing the WagonR EV on the Indian roads from a long time now. Recently, the electric hatchback has been spied once again while getting tested in t=Gurugram. Earlier, this car was rumoured as XL5 (a premium version of WagonR). Nevertheless, it’s actually an EV based on the company’s popular hatchback. Reports suggest that initially the electric hatchback will be only available to the fleet operators.
The car will not be retailed to the private buyers until we have a better electric car infrastructure in the country. The car was heavily camouflaged, primarily because the automaker has made some prominent changes in its overall looks as compared to the regular model of the car. Upfront, the car will get split headlamp setup, which looks pretty similar to the one offered with modern-day SUVs. The hatchback will get a new grille along with distinctive bumpers and fog lamp housings. At the back, the upcoming WagonR EV will employ X-mas-style tail lamps. The test car spotted recently was rolling on the same 15-inch units. The same set of alloy wheels are also offered with the Ignis facelift. The mechanical specs of the car are still undercover, but Maruti will soon reveal more information about the upcoming WagonR EV in the near future.
The regular model of the hatchback is powered by a 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engines. The former puts out 67bhp of power and 90 Nm of torque, while the latter develops power and torque outputs of 82bhp and 113 Nm. The engines come paired with a 5-speed MT or a 5-speed AMT. It rubs shoulders with the likes of Tata Tiago and Hyundai Santro. Moreover, the hatchback is also offered with a CNG kit.