EVs are rapidly gaining steam around the world. In India too, we are witnessing a change due to changing emission norms and rising fuel prices. New buyers are starting to consider EVs as their next car. This has forced manufacturers like Maruti and Toyota to work on EVs as well. Both the manufacturers have been very slow in reaching the EV segment. However, both the brands are now feeling the change and have started working on their electric cars for the country. Earlier Maruti was expected to work on a compact EV, but now it is known that the brand is working on a mid-sized electric SUV instead. The mid-sized EV is internally codenamed YY8. So when can we expect it? In today’s article we will talk about this mid-size electric SUV from Maruti.
Diving straight into the launch details, Maruti and Toyota are still in the early stages of developing these cars. Reportedly, Maruti will mostly launch mid-sized EVs in 2025. For now, Maruti and Toyota are working on hybrid and CNG options for the Indian market. What about pricing? Maruti’s biggest strength has been the pricing and we expect Maruti to price the YY8 very competitively.
As predicted earlier, Maruti and Toyota do not want to manufacture a compact EV. Instead the YY8 will be a tall electric SUV. For reference, dimensions-wise, it is expected to be bigger and wider than the Hyundai Creta. It could be similar in dimensions to the recently unveiled Maruti Grand Vitara and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyrider. Like all ground-up EVs, it will come with a longer wheelbase to fit the battery pack on the floor.
Maruti Mid-Size Electric SUV – Specifications
According to reports, the YY8 will come in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive options. The two-wheel-drive option is expected to come with a single motor and 48kWh battery pack, which will give it a range of around 400km. On the other hand, the all-wheel-drive variant may come with a dual motor and a bigger 59kWh battery pack, which gives it a range of around 500 km. What about the Toyota iteration? It is also expected to get similar specifications.
YY8 will have a high level of localization. According to reports, Maruti will also manufacture lithium-ion battery packs locally. For this purpose, Maruti and Toyota have set up a large scale battery manufacturing unit in Gujarat. However, lithium-ion cells will still be imported from BYD. But local assembling of imported battery packs will also give Maruti a huge cost advantage.
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