Maruti Suzuki, India’s leading carmaker, has kickstarted the local testing of its first-ever electric offering. A test mule of the upcoming Maruti eVX SUV was recently seen on Indian roads, just a few days after another test mule was seen in Poland. Having been showcased at the 2023 Auto Expo and later at the Japan Mobility Show 2023, the electric vehicle is making strides toward production. I feel that the launch of this model will help the carmaker take on the Tata Nexon EV and the upcoming Hyundai Creta EV. Let me take you through the details of the new model.
Maruti eVX to Offer 2 Battery Options
The recently spy media can be found on many social media channels. While the original source is unknown, what’s clear is that testing of the new vehicle is at full swing. The carmaker’s upcoming venture into the battery electric vehicle domain will make it the only mass-market carmaker to offer petrol-electric hybrid as well as electric-only options. The test mule was seen on the outskirts of Gurugram, the hometown of the carmaker. While under heavy camouflage, the prototype still reveals some important details. For starters, the overall design seems align with the version seen at the Tokyo Motor Show. Despite heavy camouflage, details like LED projector headlamps and a distinctive grille were discernible.
Looking at the dimensions and other specifications of the Maruti eVX reveals some promising data. The new model is clearly bigger than the Nexon EV. Unlike the sub-4-metre body style, the eVX will have an overall length of 4.3 meters. The wheelbase measures 2700mm. What caught my attention is the dual battery pack option—48 kWh and 60 kWh. The former offers a range of 400 kilometers while the larger unit promises 550 kilometers driving range. It’s noteworthy that the eVX will ride on a cutting-edge electric skateboard platform, set to be utilized in other Maruti-Toyota electric vehicles.
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What We Think
The prospect of a Toyota counterpart and localized manufacturing in Maruti’s Gujarat facility adds an intriguing layer, hinting at a competitively priced eVX. Once launched, the new model will take on the Tata Nexon EV, Mahindra XUV400, MG ZS EV and Hyundai Creta EV. The new model should hit our shores by 2025, thereby throwing open new avenues for the carmaker. The recent sighting confirms alignment with near-production version seen in Japan. Meanwhile, the use of the dedicated electric platform and multiple battery packs guarantees a competitive edge. Stay tuned to CarBlogIndia as we bring more deets on the upcoming Maruti electric SUV.
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