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- The Wagon R EV spotted in India is not a model going into production.
The mass-market EV will likely become the entry-level electric model for multiples in the country.
Range and specs are unknown to compete with rivals such as the Citroën eC3.
It will likely come out after 2025 and should be priced at rival ballparks.
Japan-based global automaker Suzuki has revealed plans to go electrified in key markets including India, Europe and Japan. This automaker has six electric vehicles in the pipeline for the Indian market alone. The silhouette of the car is open to the public, one of which is the Wagon R EV.
Over the years, Maruti has imported several units of the Suzuki Wagon R EV to use as a testbed for electric vehicle technology. Electric hatchbacks have been tested on Indian roads many times, but have never been confirmed by the automaker.
Wagon R EV: what will happen?
At this time, we do not know the specifications and features of the Wagon R EV. But we know it’s going to be a mass-market product, fending off competition from the Tata Tiago EV, Citroen eC3, and upcoming MG Air EV.
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It should be as wide as the ICE Wagon R hatchback, and it’s reasonable to expect around 250km of range from the Wagon R EV. That said, battery technology is evolving rapidly, and by the time the production-spec Wagon R EV breaks cover, the final numbers may differ from our estimates.
We expect the Wagon R EV to offer a practical, smart and inexpensive alternative to Maruti’s first EV, and be competitively priced in its segment.
Multi-first electric vehicle
India’s first all-electric multicar is expected to be launched in 2025. Previewed by the eVX Concept SUV at Auto Expo 2023, the Grand Vitara-sized crossover SUV will compete in the same segment as the MG ZS EV, Hyundai Kona Electric, and upcoming cars. Tata Curvv and Sierra EV. Because it is multi, it should be excellent in cost performance, but it will be expensive.
The upcoming Wagon R EV has great potential to become the domestic mainstream EV. Given that it won’t be out anytime soon, Maruti has time to come up with an effective, competitive, production-ready EV. The Wagon R EV electric hatchback will not be an India-only model, but will be sold in Japan, Europe and other markets.