Maruti WagonR resumes testing again as it is expected to be nearing its launch. It will come with a high-voltage underfloor-mounted battery pack that will give it a speculated driving range of around 200 km.
Maruti has been testing the electrified WagonR since long and is constant on it again as the lockdown has been eased off. The carmaker is testing the vehicle in its production-spec avatar, and it is most likely to be sold as 'XL5'. This time around, it was spotted on the NH-8 in the city of Gurugram, Haryana by one of our avid readers – Ambuj Sahai, during its test runs. In the spy shots, it can be seen that the electrified WagonR is heavily wrapped under the camouflage. However, it manages to give a glimpse of certain styling changes in comparison to the outgoing WagonR. Also, it misses out on an exhaust system, but a protrusion can still be seen on the underside, which looks like its battery pack.
The WagonR EV is expected to get an under-floor mounted battery pack as seen on the Tata Nexon EV. Hence, it would possess a lower centre of mass and would not compromise on the interior space either. Talking of looks, the electrified WagonR will sport a few changes in comparison to the fossil-powered WagonR. On the front, it gets a distinctive design for the headlamps as they are going to be vertically split units. The upper part of the cluster will serve the purpose of DRLs and turn indicators, while the lower portion of the cluster will house the bulbs for low and high beams. The front bumper will also be a redesigned affair on the WagonR EV.
On the sides, the WagonR EV will get 15-inch alloy wheels from the Ignis. Also, it is likely to get LED bulbs of the ORVM-mounted turn indicators. That being said, lighting duties on the electrified WagonR is expected to be performed by LED elements in place of conventional halogen bulbs. The rear facet and the interior will not be seeing any major change in comparison to the IC-engined WagonR.
As of now, the battery and motor capacities of the WagonR EV are not known. But, it will be a high-voltage EV with a driving range of around 200 kilometres. Also, Maruti has confirmed that isn’t planning to retail the car to the private buyers currently as the EV ecosystem is still in its nascent stage. Initially, the carmaker will be selling the WagonR EV to the cab aggregators and EESL employees only. However, once launched for private buyers, it will most likely be the cheapest high-voltage EV to go on sale in the country.