Maruti Suzuki has showcased the prototype electric vehicle (EV) at the ongoing MOVE Global Mobility Summit in New Delhi. The revealed vehicle is based on the Japan-spec Wagon R and has been manufactured at Maruti’s Gurugram plant. Other than this, the company has produced a fleet of electric cars for testing across the country and hopes to put them through various test conditions to make sure they are reliable before they go on sale in the market.
Commenting on the initiative, Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, 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.”
Based on the Heartect platform, Suzuki launched the new Wagon R in the Japanese market in 2017 where it is also available with a hybrid powertrain. In terms of features, the Wagon R EV gets split headlamps and also features a huge two-part grille, despite being EV. The front bumper also gets a huge grille section, while the sides offer a body colored B-pillar that divides the car into distinct front and rear passenger sections. The pillar is thicker, especially at the base, and this is achieved by cutting into the rear-side glass at the bottom and the wing mirror is now placed on the door and not on the pillar. At the rear, the new Wagon R EV gets a clean tailgate with the sunken tail-lamps mounted just above the rear bumper.
According to a statement released by Maruti, this will be the vehicle that will be used for real word road-testing in India. The automaker is planning to gather critical inputs based on customer perspectives by testing them in the country. The extensive real life usage of the vehicles will help in validation and development of new technology.
Maruti Suzuki has scheduled the launch of the Wagon R based EV for 2020, though the automaker has not revealed any specifications of the India-bound model. Earlier, Maruti had stated that the Wagon R EV is likely to cost more than twice the price of the standard car at launch and the revealed vehicle was seen standing on the MRF tyres instead of what is seen on the regular model. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Wagon R based EV in the country.