Here's how the Maruti Swift EV could look like when it goes on sale to rival the upcoming Tata Altroz EV. Read here for more info.
The transition from IC engines to electric powertrains in the automotive industry is going to be a tough one. But this paradigm shift in the source of energy is expected to bring in more frugality with lesser damage to the environment. Thus, carmakers are developing new affordable EV platforms for their existing products to lead the race. At the Auto Expo 2020, Tata Motors showcased the Altroz EV; the largest carmaker ‘Maruti Suzuki’ unveiled the Swift Hybrid. However, rumours claim that Maruti Suzuki will be launching an electrified version of the Swift in future. While the carmaker has not confirmed about the same, it is expected to be based on the current-gen model. Moreover, here’s a digital rendering of the Maruti Swift EV made by Praveen C John, which shows how the car might look like.
Talking of the changes it features in comparison to the regular variants, there are many. At the front, the designer has changed the bumper of the Swift with a new unit. It gets sharper design and is free from any piano-black elements. The grille is covered too, for the improved aerodynamic drag coefficient. Also, the headlamp units get Matrix LED inserts for the illumination duties. On the sides, it gets bigger and wider alloy wheels, which feature a 5-spoke design and dual-tone effect. Also, the brake callipers are painted in neon yellow and an ‘EV’ badge in the same finish can be seen on the front fenders. Interestingly, the mirrors are replaced with sleek camera units, which make it look quite futuristic.
The door handles are now retractable-type and sit flush with the doors. Apart from these changes, this Swift EV looks like the regular petrol trim of the Swift. While it still is an imagination of the designer, Maruti should consider working on one to launch as an Altroz EV rival. Currently, the Maruti Swift is offered with a 1.2L K-Series 4-cylinder petrol engine that puts out a rated power output of 83 PS and max torque of 113 Nm. The gearbox options on the Swift include a 5-speed MT and a 5-speed AMT. Maruti Swift is priced from Rs. 5.49 lakh for the base-spec LXI trim to Rs. 8.02 Lakh for the top-spec ZXI+ (AMT) trim.