The first EV of Maruti, the WagonR which has been displayed in the 2018 MOVE Global Mobility Summit, is projected to make its official launch in 2020. Maruti has recently carried out a national-scale test on Indian roads to record the information concerning its performance.
As far as concerned that Mahindra and Tata Motors are currently the only carmakers providing EVs in India. Maruti Suzuki has also confirmed to release the first 7-seaters electric vehicle of their portfolio. The nationwide field testing includes 50 test units that could help Maruti to have a deep understanding of their vehicle’s performance and behaviours toward the conditions of Indian traffic. The spotted testing recorded by an automotive fan is on the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway without any camouflage. Perhaps it is carried out as a strategy of the auto manufacturer in order to attract people’s interest toward their first electric car.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR will be the first EV of its car list portfolio
The all-new electric prototype is based on the Heartect platform. Actually, there aren’t any exact information about the battery pack of the WagonR. It is likely to be a Lithium-Ion battery pack which will be manufactured with technical support from their partner, Toyota. Since it is the significant contributor in EVs costs, Maruti aims to cut down the costs by their own-manufactured battery pack. Besides, the Maruti Suzuki WagonR is anticipated to come with standard safety features such as ABS with EBD along with dual airbags.
2020 Maruti Suzuki WagonR's spied image
Speaking publically about the first ever EV, Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director&CEO of Maruti Suzuki India said:
“Maruti Suzuki is committed to bring Electric Vehicle in 2020. The testing in multiple terrains and climatic conditions will help us get valuable insights from real-life driving conditions. With these tests, we are confident that our Electric Vehicle will be well-accepted by our valued customers”
Although there is no official confirmation about the pricing range, it is probably positioned at around INR 6 lakh to 7 lakh and promised to become a blockbuster in the Indian auto market.
One of 50 test prototypes is recorded by an automotive enthusiast: