Maruti’s 1st Electric Car All Set To Disrupt India: Launch Date, Price, USPs & More
Maruti Suzuki India had revealed its future plan that comprised multiple new launches including SUVs, CNG models and electric cars, with its first electric car to go on road sometime in 2021!
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Maruti’s First Electric Car Under Development!
RC Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Limited had also confirmed that the commercial launch of the first Maruti Suzuki electric car will take place in 2021. Earlier, it was to hit roads by the end of 2020.
The reasons for the delayed launch cite the underdeveloped infrastructure and government’s policies for the electric four-wheelers. The Research and Development (R&D) work and trail runs, however, are going as per the company’s plan.
The first Maruti Suzuki Electric, which was first announced at the MOVE Summit in 2018. It will be based on the third-generation WagonR hatchback.The prototype vehicles have been under test for different weather and terrain conditions.
What We Know So Far About the EV!
The spy pictures reveal that the Maruti Wagon R electric will feature a new split headlamp design with the LED DRLs (daytime running lights). The front grille might differ than the regular model. The fog lamps will be positioned lower down the front bumper.
While the 15-inch black wheels are likely to be similar to the Ignis and the vertically-stacked taillamps will be sourced from the standard WagonR. The side and rear design will be exactly similar to its fuel counterpart.
The Maruti WagonR electric will be based on Suzuki’s Heartect platform that also underpins the new-gen WagonR. Dimensions might also remain unchanged.
Interior will also be more or less similar to its donor sibling. There will be a large central digital display, dashboard integrated AC vents, a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, power windows, and a multi functional steering wheel.
When it comes to safety precautions, the first Maruti Suzuki electric car is likely to offer driver’s side airbag (passenger side optional), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), rear parking sensors, seat belt reminder, speed alert system and door open warning.
Although, official specifications are not revealed by Maruti Suzuki India yet. However, the Maruti WagonR electric is likely to come with both standard and fast charging capabilities. Its battery pack will take 7 hours to get fully charged via a regular power socket and an hour (up to 80%) via fast charger.
As per reports suggest that the first Maruti Suzuki electric car will deliver a range of 150km on a single charge. Prices of the new electric car are estimated to start from Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom).
Will it give tough competition to its peer EV manufacturers like TATA Motors, Mahindra and others?