The WagonR EV has several spy shots that Maruti Suzuki has been testing on our Indian roads for years. It was supposed to be the most affordable electric car from the manufacturer. But then Maruti Suzuki decided to pull the plug because according to their research the sales number was not enough.
It could be that Maruti Suzuki is using some equipment or some car to test. After all, they are working on a mid-sized SUV EV that will make its debut in 2025. We can see that the electric car depends on WagonR. Prior to this version, Maruti Suzuki had brought 50 Japan-spec WagonR for testing.
The WagonR EV comes with a slightly different design from the current WagonR. The headlamps were mounted less on the bumper, the bumper itself was redesigned because it is an electric vehicle, has no engine so it does not require so much airflow.
The Suzuki logo has a blue color indicating that it is an electric car. The side profile is the same as the WagonR but now runs on Ignis’s alloy wheels. The rear has been redesigned with a slightly different set of vertical tail lamps and a redesigned bumper.
Maruti’s new medium-sized electric SUV
The price of the new electric SUV in the Indian market will be very aggressive. The primary target of the new electric SUV will be the Nexon EV. It has been codenamed YY8 and Toyota will also sell a version of their electric SUV. The YY8 will have a futuristic design and will not look as reserved as some of the current Maruti Suzuki cars.
The Maruti Suzuki YY8 will have a length of 4,275 mm, a width of 1,880 mm and a height of 1,640 mm. In that sense, it is bigger than the Hyundai currently on sale. The wheelbase of electric SUV will be 2,700 mm.
Maruti Suzuki and Toyota are working on an electric skateboard platform which is why the wheelbase is so long. The skateboard platform is a derivative of the 27PL platform designed for small electric vehicles. The 27PL platform itself is based on the Toyota 40PL platform used in electric vehicles worldwide. This platform can also be used to create different body styles. So far, however, SUVs have been selling like hot cakes, so it is understandable why Maruti Suzuki has dropped the hatchback EV and developed a brand new electric medium-sized SUV.
Initially, the powertrain batteries will be sourced from BYD, China. Finally, the batteries will be supplied by TDSG, a large-scale battery manufacturing joint venture between Suzuki Motor Corporation, Denso Corporation and Toshiba Corporation.
The offer will have two battery sizes, a 48 kWh and a 59 kWh. The 48 kWh will come with a single-motor, two-wheel drive, 138 hp power and will have a driving range of 400 km. It is followed by a 59 kWh battery pack with two motors, all-wheel drive, 168 bhp power output and 500 km driving range. So far, we don’t know if Maruti Suzuki will sell the all-wheel drive version in India.