Production-Spec Maruti WagonR EV Spied
Maruti has been testing the WagonR EV for a while and now the EV has been spotted testing without a camouflage revealing its entire design.
The WagonR EV gets a completely redesigned front end with EV-specific changes like a closed front grille flanked by Venue-like top-mounted turn indicators. The LED projector headlamps are placed further below in the bumper just above the circular LED fog lamps. The side and rear profile of the hatchback look largely similar to the standard WagonR but get mild updates like new 15-inch alloy wheels (WagonR gets 14-inch units), redesigned rear bumper and slightly updated tail lamps.
The spy shots also reveal the interior of the hatchback. While the layout remains unchanged, it gets a new instrument cluster with a small digital display and the manual AC controls have been replaced by an auto AC unit. Other features are expected to remain similar to the standard WagonR like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, steering mounted controls, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors.
The EV might also get some additional features like regenerative braking, a parking camera and connected car tech, among others.
There are no official details about the motor and battery of the new EV. However, we expect it to have a single-charge range of up to 200km and support DC fast charging.
Toyota might also offer the WagonR EV under its brand name and it might be called the ‘Hyryder’ as the carmaker has already trademarked the name. If that happens, it will be the first EV in Toyota India’s lineup. Other Maruti cars that are being sold under the Toyota badge include Toyota Glanza (Maruti Baleno), Toyota Urban Cruiser (Maruti Vitara Brezza) and the upcoming Toyota Belta (Maruti Ciaz). Toyota will also launch the rebadged Ertiga in India but its name is yet to be confirmed.
Maruti might launch the WagonR EV in India by the end of this year or in 2022. It will be the first electric hatchback to go on sale in India. Mahindra is also planning to launch its eKUV100 in India by the end of this year.
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