Maruti ventures into the electric realm with the eVX SUV, spotted testing, challenging rivals with a 550 km range.
In a bid to revolutionize the electric vehicle (EV) landscape, Maruti, under its parent company Suzuki, is making significant strides with its forthcoming electric SUV, the eVX. This endeavor marks a pivotal move for the automaker, which earlier announced its foray into the EV domain, with the eVX being co-developed in alliance with Toyota.
Global Trials Spotted
Earlier this year, the eVX made its global debut at the 2023 AutoExpo, with the pre-production concept, codenamed eVX, generating considerable buzz. Subsequently, test mules of the electric SUV were spotted undergoing trials on foreign soil, and now, the eVX has been sighted for the first time testing on Indian roads in Gurugram. The sightings in Poland earlier this year provided glimpses of the vehicle’s international trials.
Visual Teasers and Design Highlights
Despite being shrouded in thick black camouflage during the recent Gurugram testing, the eVX prototype retains its intrigue. Visual highlights observed in earlier global appearances include Y-shaped LED headlamps, a blanked-off grille, a sporty side profile with C-pillar mounted rear door handles, and sharp LED taillamps connected by a thin LED strip. A sculpted bonnet, multi-spoke alloy wheels, a roof-mounted spoiler, and a shark fin antenna add to the allure.
Under the Hood Expectations
The eVX is built on a skateboard EV architecture, codenamed 27PL, derived from Toyota’s 40PL platform. While specific powertrain details are yet to be disclosed, it’s known that the eVX will house a robust 60kW battery, promising an impressive 550 km range on a single charge. Expected dimensions include a length of 4,300mm, width of 1,800mm, height of 1,600mm, and a wheelbase of 2,700mm.
Market Placement and Rivals
Anticipation surrounds the eVX’s entry into the market, with a projected price range between Rs 16 and Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). Once launched, it is set to compete with formidable contenders like MG ZS EV, Hyundai Kona Electric, Mahindra XUV400, and Tata Nexon EV Max, heralding a new era for Maruti in the electric vehicle domain.