The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV is expected to deliver a driving range of 200 kms and will also come with fast charging capability, up to 80% in 40 mins.
Now that Maruti Suzuki has announced that they would pull the plug of all their diesel cars, they are focusing more towards their petrol cars and particularly the EV segment.
The new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV has already been spotted several times being tested on Indian roads. With almost every manufacturer now trying a hand in this segment, the future certainly seems electrified.
The new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV is expected to have a riving range of 200 kms which is quite a decent number. The Wagon R EV is expected to make its India debut by 2020 and when it launches, it is expected to be priced around the Rs. 7 lakhs mark.
It was initially expected that the Wagon R EV would cost around Rs. 10 lakhs but it will certainly enjoy subsidies under the FAME or Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles scheme by the Government of India. However, with a revision in the policy and FAME 2 expected in the future, there would be a further revision in the prices of the Wagon R EV as well.
A driving range of 200 kms certainly will give a push to the EV segment in India and with the subsidy benefits, we can expect buyers gradually considering this segment.
The Wagon R EV is also expected to feature fast charging capabilities which means it will be able to charge up to 80% in about 40 mins using DC fast chargers which are also expected to be installed in the country very soon. It will also support standard AC charging.
The Wagon R EV would have originally gone against the Mahindra e2o but with that car being discontinued, the Wagon R EV will compete against the likes of the Mahindra e-Verito and the Tata Tigor EV, both having a diving range of 140 km and 142 km respectively. If the Wagon R EV really delivers a 200 km range, it already has a competitive advantage.
The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV looks considerably different from the standard petrol powered Wagon R. At the front, there’s a new bumper design along with a new grille and headlamp design. The stance looks much more upright and boxy. At the sides, the window line has been completely redesigned and at the rear, the tail lamps sit much lower in a redesigned rear bumper.
The Wagon R EV will also come with updated infotainment system, a revised instrument cluster and is also expected to be bigger than the standard Wagon R. It will also have to meet the latest crash test regulations in the country which means it will come equipped with features like seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors, dual airbags along with ABS and EBD.
It is still unclear whether Maruti will sell the car through their Nexa dealerships or through the standard Arena dealerships, but if priced rightly, the Wagon R EV could very well set the pace for electric cars in India. With the car due to be revealed in 2020, there are chances for it to be revealed at the 2020 Auto Expo.