The Maruti WagonR EV has been spotted on Indian roads during the latest testing phase. It will cost significantly lesser than the Tata Tigor EV
Maruti Suzuki has not been the most active brand in the Indian EV market. However, it has been testing an electric vehicle for a while now. This upcoming car is expected to be the Maruti WagonR EV as the design of the vehicle is based on the WagonR. While the Indian company has not officially confirmed any details, many spy shots of the electric hatchback have surfaced online. It will surely come with a competitive price tag that will make it much cheaper than the Tata Tigor EV, which is currently the most affordable electric car in the country.
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As you can see in the video above, the 2022 Maruti Suzuki WagonR EV retains the tall boy design. However, it comes with new headlamps and a redesigned bumper. The missing grille and blue logo hint at the electric engine. On the side, the new car looks identical to the WagonR. It features alloy wheels from the Ignis though. The vertical tail lamps on the back are blacked out. Additional features include a rear wiper (with a washer), and a high-mounted stop lamp. It is also expected to come with a three-spoke steering wheel with phone controls and audio controls, an analog instrument cluster and automatic climate control.
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The Maruti WagonR EV hints at the company’s shift towards alternative fuels. It is already offering vehicles with CNG powertrain and SHVS mild-hybrid technology. Some popular Maruti cars (Read: Swift, Baleno and Vitara Brezza) are likely to get the CNG powertrain and mild-hybrid technology. In the EV segment, Tata is killing it with the likes of the Nexon EV and Tigor EV. The Maruti WagonR EV is said to come with a competitive price tag. It might even be cheaper than the Tata Tigor EV (currently the most affordable electric vehicle in the country). The Maruti WagonR EV is said to come with a starting price of Rs 9 Lakh.
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The Tata Tigor EV is priced at Rs 12.24 lakh – Rs 13.39 lakh (ex-showroom). It comes in three trims – XE, XM, and XZ+. The electric car is powered by Ziptron EV tech (same as Nexon EV) and an electric motor (outputs 75PS/ 170Nm). It comes with an ARAI-claimed range for the EV stands at 306km. The 26kWh battery can be charged from 0-80 percent in 8.5 hours using a standard wall charger. It can be fully charged in 60 minutes through a fast charger. The Tata Tigor EV comes with features like an auto AC, 7-inch Harman touchscreen, four speakers, ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, and hill ascent/descent control.