India is one of the prominent bases for Suzuki limited in terms of family cars and we have to admire that the Indians have been accepting the models over the years. Now, Suzuki has also concentrated on the Indian market with yet another models which are now electrically powered.
Now, the world is growing its approach towards electric cars and now Suzuki has also started to concentrate but we have to accept that it was late to do so when compared to other rival Japanese automakers like Honda and Toyota.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited is all set to launch its first electric vehicle. the Wagon-R EV in 2020. This is the first development after the association of Suzuki and Toyota. We can expect the production of Wagon -R EV to start in Gujarat plant.
The Wagon-R EV is a product of various associations of Suzuki with Toyota, Toshiba, and Denso. The company claims that the battery would be more efficient because the battery manufacturing is with Toshiba and Denso. Wagon-R EV is a true extension of Wagon-R which now offers 5 and 7 seater options. The all-new Wagon-R is currently under testing in the Indian conditions. The all-new lightweight platform is being under consideration to reduce the overall weight.
The company chose Wagon-R over their alto because of its tallness and its capability of withstanding the weight of the battery when compared to alto. The all-new Suzuki Wagon-R EV will get a petrol version in addition to the electric motor. Apart from the electric option, all the other features would be similar to Wagon-R EV.
Both Toyota and Suzuki has declined to comment on the news with their regular habit of being out of them. There would be an estimation that this Wagon-R EV would have a 10 lakhs price tag. This model would put on sale through Suzuki showrooms as Suzuki has the maximum number of sales outlets.
This is the first step by the two humungous automakers in regard to the government of India 2030 plan of all-electric car nation. Wagon-R EV is just the first step for the two companies future plans of joint manufacturing. The two are also planning to make India a joint manufacturing hub for African and other country exports.
The basic step towards this plan is by displaying models in the showrooms. Toyota Kirloskar Motors will soon sell Suzuki’s Baleno and Vitara Brezza. Whereas Suzuki would be displaying Toyota’s Corolla Altis all across the country.