Maruti Suzuki’s small electric car, which will look a lot like the existing WagonR, will be based on the S-Presso’s Heartect K platform. The confirmation comes from Maruti Suzuki’s senior director of engineering, CV Raman.
The S-Presso’s platform is different from the Heartect A, which underpins the WagonR. Heartect K is built keeping entry-level cars in mind, while the WagonR’s platform -- Heartect A -- is reserved for compact cars. As a result, the Maruti WagonR electric that is being tested might be smaller than the WagonR that we get in India, although it could look similar to the WagonR. Smaller exterior dimensions will most likely impact the cabin space as well, therefore, it may not be as roomy on the inside as the WagonR.
Sources confirm V3Cars that the camouflaged WagonR with LED tail lamps, which was recently spotted testing is not heading to Nexa. Nor is the seven-seat version of the hatchback. The recently-spied WagonR is not packing a petrol engine at all. It is actually the Maruti WagonR electric and is likely to launch in India in the next couple of years.
This Maruti WagonR electric car for India will primarily target buyers in the commercial space. It won’t be a long-range electric car and its price is expected to remain under the Rs 10 lakh mark. Since the Heartect K platform will only underpin entry-level cars, it should form the basis of the next generation Alto, if Maruti Suzuki plans to continue selling the Alto brand in India in the future.