Maruti Suzuki is preparing to launch its first-ever electric vehicle (EV) in the form of the production-spec eVX. The electric SUV will be sold alongside a Toyota-badged sibling, and should arrive next fiscal. Both models will have a local production and will be exported to select markets. Recently, Maruti Suzuki officials have said that this model will be launched in the next fiscal. What this simply means is that the Tata Nexon EV-rivalling electric SUV is less than 15 months away from us.
Production at Suzuki Motor Gujarat
“Our first EV, an SUV, will be launched in the next financial year (FY2024-2025). At present, the SMG facility at Hansalpur has three plants – A, B and C. Now, to manufacture the EV, a new production line will be added,” says Rahul Bharti, Executive Director (Corporate Affairs), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. “Our EV concept car has already been unveiled. It will be a high-specification SUV having 550km range and a 60kWh battery,” he added.
The production-spec Maruti eVX and its Toyota counterpart will go in production at Suzuki Motor Gujarat’s (SMG) Hansalpur facility near Ahmedabad. A wholly owned subsidiary of Maruti Suzuki India, SMG has been in operation since 2017. Notably, the facility recently rolled out its three-millionth car. Maruti Suzuki utilises this plant to manufacture models like Swift, Dzire, Baleno, and Fronx. The production capacity exceeds 7.5 lakh units annually.
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To Rival Tata Nexon EV Max, Hyundai Creta EV, Kia Seltos EV and the Likes
Unveiled as a concept at the 2023 Auto Expo in India, the Maruti Suzuki eVX is now gearing up for a global debut late next year, sharing the spotlight with its Toyota counterpart. Anticipated to share Toyota’s 27PL platform, both electric SUVs are poised for production. The forthcoming model will be equipped with a robust 60 kWh battery pack, providing an estimated driving range surpassing 550 km on a single charge. Available globally in single- and dual-motor options, the production-ready Maruti Suzuki eVX Electric SUV is set to compete with rivals such as the Tata Curvv EV, Mahindra XUV.e8, Kia Seltos EV, and the upcoming Hyundai Creta EV.
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