Maruti Suzuki surprised us by unveiling the Futuro-e concept that is unlike any other offering or design language from the automaker. It has been pitched as the future design philosophy and has been designed in-house by the design team. The tagline for this concept is “an Indian car with global sensibilities”.
We are excited with this particular concept as it is an out-of-box offering, even for Maruti Suzuki. Sharp lines and coupe-like body is not what you expect from a typical Maruti Suzuki, but the automaker is breaking age-old practices with the Futuro-e concept. This concept has been pitched as an SUV with a coupe-like bodyline which makes it a universal drawing board for various body styles and we might see Maruti Suzuki using design cues of this concept in various futures products ranging from hatchbacks, sedans and SUVs.
Designwise, it has a tall stance and the glossy black claddings clear the air of it being an SUV. It is composed of sharp lines and minimal creases which is unlike any other offering from the Indian automaker. The side view shows us its slanting roofline to give it the coupe-design. The two-door setup gives it a sporty outlook and the rear third-quarter window panes are static with decals on it.
The hood is chunky and has two subtle muscular creases that highlight its SUV-like stance. Lighting is all-round LED and follows a sharp design. Both the headlights and taillights are embedded with the body and so don't form bumps or creases on the body. It has a few “concept” only features that include chunky looking alloys and tyres and usage of cameras for rearview mirrors. The Futuro-e concept also gets a sunroof which we highly doubt will make it to the production models, or will it?!
The interior also carries on the futuristic design language and thus looks minimal and modern. There is a longitudinal screen that takes up most of the dash and is the window to most of the controls for the vehicle. The steering is futuristic and you are treated to more screens at both corners which double up as rearview mirrors through the cameras sticking out. A distinctive blue ambient lighting is spread out in the cabin and gives it a futuristic look and feel.
This is an electric concept SUV and thus emphasises on Maruti Suzuki’s efficiency in building future proof cars. Maruti Suzuki has quoted that the concept is “future-ready with a wide array of powertrain options like hybrid and pure EV”. But an all-electric offering from Maruti Suzuki will take a while and the first lot of cars coming out will be a petrol-powered one. Maruti had earlier pitched their plans on ditching completely on diesel powertrains as the transition from BS4 to BS6 will be hefty. But things might change now as the automaker is evaluating the possibility of a BS6 diesel powerplant due to the rise in demand of mid-size SUVs. We will have to wait and see what will sprout off this demand among consumers.
Maruti Suzuki has pitched the Futuro-e Concept as a design showcase just like the Le Fil Rouge that was showcased by Hyundai. It will cater to be the template for future cars coming out for the brand. The production iteration of Futuro-e concept will be pitted against the likes of Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta who have predominantly dominated the mid-SUV segment. The number of adaptations from the concept is also not determined as of now and we will have to wait for the first official launch of the SUV.