India’s oldest carmaker Maruti Suzuki on Wednesday showcased the concept e-SURVIVOR displaying its resolve to take to the electrification transition taking place in the country. The vehicle as Maruti’s first electric vehicle will be launched in India in 2020.
The Suzuki e-Survivor is an electric vehicle (EV) and comes powered by two electric motors for the front and back wheels. The Suzuki e-Survivor SUV, as stated by the company earlier, inherits the magnetic identity of Suzuki from the Jimny (Gypsy in India) and the Vitara. The Suzuki e-Survivor will have the off-road potential of the Jimny as can be seen from the large wheels housed in those big arches and the see-through doors. The concept features rear-view cameras instead of mirrors whereas the dashboard sports screens that house the infotainment controls and navigation settings. The e-Survivor is designed with a two-seater configuration and may receive a second row of seats as it reaches production form around 2020.
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“It symbolizes Maruti Suzuki’s commitment to help develop the entire life-cycle of EVs (electric vehicles) in India including the local manufacture of components, charging infrastructure and recycling of batteries,” Maruti Suzuki said.
“Positioned as a futuristic concept, Concept e-Survivor brings together many new technologies that depict the new and exciting F.A.C.E of Suzuki’s intent for Future Mobility. (Four-Wheel Drive, Autonomous, Connected & Electric),” it added.
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TOI had earlier reported that Maruti Suzuki will roll out its first electric vehicle by 2020. The technology will come from the Suzuki-Toyota partnership, Maruti Suzuki chairman RC Bhargava had said, while adding, “We as Maruti don’t have the tech for e-vehicles. It’s a fact.”
It is worthy to note that the Suzuki has also recently begun the work on setting up a battery plant for electric vehicles in Gujarat.