Maruti has quite a lineup for the Auto Expo 2018. The homegrown Indian automaker has obviously placed the spotlight on its money spinner: the new Maruti Suzuki Swift. But there is plenty more to see here. Case in point: the quirkily designed e-Survivor SUV concept. All eyes will be on the Swift and perhaps the new compact SUV, for now designated as Concept Future S. There will also be some international models from global Suzuki and your usual lineup, but the e-Survivor stands out. Also Read - PM Modi to Review COVID Situation With CMs of 8 States Today: Here's What To Expect
The design has got a lot to do with the e-Survivor Concept. First seen at the 2017 Toyko Motor Show, this is a design that is quite unique. The two-seater SUV features an open to, oodles of ground clearance and almost no overhangs. It also has massive wheel arches and knobby and large tires to seal its off-road credentials. Under the skin, the concept has a ladder-frame chassis and four electric motors powering each individual wheel. Naturally, this is all-wheel drive. Also Read - India Briefs Foreign Envoys on Pakistan Hand in Terror Plot Foiled in Nagrota Last Week
Inside the car is a spherical display that gives all kinds of information about the car and exterior parameters, all calculated with the help of sensors on the SUV. Maruti has also used the Auto Expo 2018 platform to highlight hybrid technology, probably in a bid to educate future customers about the technology. The display has cutaways of a petrol and electric hybrid power-train and provides a quick guide to the layman on how a hybrid power-train works and how they can benefit customers. Also Read - Night Curfew, Cap on Wedding Guests, Mandatory Test For Travel: How States Are Fighting Fresh COVID Spike
For now, Maruti only offers a few mild hybrids branded as SHVS models. The Smart Hybrid Vehicle System features an automatic start-and-stop function with a mild electric motor assist. But the automaker has plans for the electric vehicle segment, including a tie-up with Toshiba to built a lithium-ion battery making plant in Gujarat and a partnership with Toyota to bring electric vehicles by 2020. The e-Survivor SUV concept may not turn into reality, but coupled with the hybrid power-train display it tells us that Maruti is really serious about going beyond just mild hybrids and going all-in on the electric vehicle sector, at present almost non-existent in India.