- Maruti Suzuki’s electric SUV could take on the Tata Nexon EV at launch
- The YY8 is expected to use BYD’s iconic Blade Battery
- Customers should be able to get the EV in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations
It’s no secret that Maruti-Suzuki is significantly behind in the EV race, while automakers like Tata Motors have surged ahead. India’s most popular car manufacturer only has hybrid options currently available. But this is changing imminently as Maruti Suzuki’s first electric car is all set to be showcased at Auto Expo 2023.
Named the Maruti-Suzuki YY8, the automobile is being developed in partnership with Toyota. Maruti said the EV would be produced at its Gujarat assembly unit. Around 50% of the EVs produced will be reserved for exports, according to the manufacturer. Toyota’s involvement in the project means the company will also have its own version of the Maruti Suzuki YY8.
Maruti Suzuki YY8 EV features and range
The automaker will leverage Toyota’s 27PL EV skateboard platform with an estimated 138-170hp of output, as per Rushlane. It is learned that Maruti Suzuki may offer roomy interiors complemented by a 2,700mm wheelbase. The additional space may also be necessary to accommodate the large BYD battery used in its making.
Maruti Suzuki will launch the EV in all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive versions. It’s unclear if the former will be sold in India, but it could be geared towards the international markets.
The company will provide customers with the option between 48 kWh and 59 kWh battery packs, likely to provide somewhere between 400 to 500+ km of range on a full charge. Interestingly, Maruti Suzuki will obtain the batteries from BYD, known for its acclaimed Blade Battery, offering improved distribution of cells as compared to conventional EV batteries.
Maruti Suzuki YY8 EV expected launch date and price
Here comes the bad news for EV fans. The Maruti Suzuki YY8 will not arrive in India until early 2025. Two years can make a lot of difference in the EV market, which is already bracing for multiple EV launches in the coming months alone.
Rushlane speculates that the Maruti YY8 EV could cost between Rs 13 – 15 lakhs when it launches a couple of years from now. This would make it a Tata Nexon EV rival, which could get a new trim/upgrade or a rebrand in time for the YY8’s release.