Maruti Suzuki has released the second teaser of the Futuro-e electric SUV concept, offering the top view of the car. The SUV concept will be premiering at the Auto Expo 2020 next Wednesday, where MSIL will be displaying 17 vehicles including the Swift Hybrid, Ertiga, S WagonR, S-Cross, Celerio, Dzire, S-Presso, Baleno, Ciaz.
Production Maruti Futuro-e – Design, Features & price expectation
As per Maruti, the Futuro-e is strictly a concept car that offers a peek into the future of the company’s design. It is a study that brings a global design perspective to the Indian system. The fully electric and fully automated SUV is a no-brainer candidate for production for Maruti to finally introduce a worthy opponent to the Hyundai Creta and the the Kia Seltos. The company could start with a 1.5L 48V hybrid powertrain and bring in a full-electric variant few years into the lifecycle. Concepts from Maruti’s design studios are unrealistically optimistic and traditionally production cars that hatch from them look ‘average’ to meet tight production cost targets. The coupeish design of the Future-e, if preserved in the actual car, would increase its aspirational value and grant an added appeal. Maruti’s marketing team would need that as new entrants and best-sellers Seltos, Hector and the Creta are constantly evolving the premium SUV market through looks and features.
What is certain is that the Futuro-e would come with a higher stance and ground clearance than the S-Cross and offer better road visibility, space and features. Despite bigger dimensions, the car would have to get the high fuel efficiency associated with a Maruti car to retain its unique selling point. Finally, the area of safety will see improvements in the Futuro-e, as this could be the safest Maruti vehicle offering not just the latest in active and passive safety, but improved build quality to ably pass through the crash tests programed in India (BNVSAP) and the GNCAP.
Apart from the Futuro-e, Maruti Suzuki will be launching facelifts of the Vitara Brezza (6 February) and the Ignis. While Vitara Brezza will get an updated design and moves to the BS6 petrol engine, the new Ignis gets new bumpers and colours that improve the car’s toughness.
Maruti Suzuki’s theme of ‘Mission Green Million’, at the Auto Expo is in line with our commitment to introduce newer, greener and customer-friendly technologies for the Indian customers. Having successfully introduced key technologies such as Auto Gear Shift, SmartPlay, Smart Hybrid, and S-CNG, we are committed to accelerate our efforts to bring new technologies that bring convenience to customers.Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited
The Maruti Suzuki pavilion is spread over 4000 sq.m and divided into 4 zones, which have been designed inspired by Japanese Origami art with fold-out and fold-in structures. The pavilion will have 5 pop-ups that are built with structural LEDs and will be completely digital. For the first time, there will be a Maruti Suzuki Studio, with which the viewers on the web will be able to witness the expo in real-time.