Auto Expo 2023: Maruti Suzuki’s first EV in India showcased, Hyundai IONIQ 5 EV launched by SRK

Maruti Suzuki EV eVX could offer a very usable 400+km usable range for not much money.

Highlights
  • Maruti unveils its first Creta-sized electric SUV concept called the eVX with 550km range
  • The Maruti eVX will be co-developed with Toyota and will go on sale in 2025
  • Hyundai IONIQ 5 has been launched in India at an introductory price of Rs 44.95 lakh (ex-showroom)

Maruti Suzuki has unveiled its first electric car, an EV SUV concept, called the eVX in India The Maruti EV boasts of a 550km range which can be credited to a 60kWh battery pack that debuts in the new dedicated EV architecture. The vehicle, which is being co-developed with Toyota, will sport dimensions similar to the concept. Hence, the car will slot into the midsize compact SUV category with its 4,300mm length, the same as the Hyundai Creta.

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The vehicle also showcases strong design characteristics with signature LED DRLs, an LED lightbar at the rear, strong wheel arch bulges, a sloping roofline and an aerodynamic wheel design. Maruti is also likely to include a 48kWh battery pack for entry-level trims when the model launches to keep the prices in check. This variant could deliver a range of about 400km. The Maruti eVX will debut in its production form in 2025. 

Hyundai IONIQ 5 launched in India

The Hyundai IONIQ has been launched in India for an introductory price tag of Rs 44.95 lakh (ex-showroom) for the first 500 customers. The vehicle will be available in a single trim level and will get a three-colour palette that includes Gravity Gold (matte), Midnight Black Pearl, and Optic White. Hyundai is taking bookings for the IONIQ 5 for a token amount of Rs 1 lakh. The IONIQ 5 will be assembled in India giving it a price advantage of about Rs 16 lakh as compared to the Kia EV6.

The vehicle features a 72.6kWh battery with an ARAI-certified range of 631km. This is paired with an electric motor producing 217hp and 350Nm of torque. The vehicle goes from 0 to 100kmph in 7.4 seconds. The IONIQ 5 can fast charge at 800V via which it could juice up from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 comes loaded with features that include 20-inch aero-optimised wheels, 12.3-inch screens for the instrument cluster and touchscreen, a heads-up display with AR functions, ADAS, flat floor, upholstery from recycled plastic, LED lighting, sunroof, etc.