Following its debut at the Auto Expo 2023 in Delhi, India, Suzuki has unveiled its maiden electric vehicle, the Suzuki eVX concept, at the Japan Mobility Show. The eVX has a 60 kWh battery that gives it a range of approximately 550 km.
According to the carmaker, the concept aims to “carry forward the brand’s 4x4 legacy.” It measures in at 4,300 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. All those figures are a little bigger than the current Suzuki Vitara but seeing that cars are growing in size, could very well preview the future electric Vitara.
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Apart from the battery and range, details are scarce but visually, the elevated ground clearance and 4x4 hint indicates more than adequate off-roading capabilities.
The company is still very much in the learning stage regarding EVs from strategic partner Toyota. Although Suzuki rebadged the Toyota bZ4X electric crossover into the Suzuki Solterra last year, the eVX is the first EV designed by them.
Furthermore, the rebadging exercise did include more off-road capability on the Suzuki variant, including a ‘Grip Control’ low-speed cruise control system handles the throttle and braking for the driver on low-grip surfaces.
The eVX supposedly sits on a dedicated electric platform shared with Toyota while the batteries are rumoured to be sourced from BYD. While the flagship will carry the aforementioned 60 kWh battery, an entry-level variant with a smaller 48 kWh pack would be sold as well.
A production version of the eVX is slated for a 2025 launch and could house a 2-speed gearbox made by Canadian firm Inmotive, seeing as Suzuki announced a joint-development agreement between the two parties.
Both will work on developing the ‘Ingear’ transmission, touted to be the world’s most efficient 2-speed gearbox that improves range by 15 percent and quickens acceleration.
Being more of a budget-friendly marque, the eVX would likely be priced lower with a single-motor, 2-wheel-drive powertrain.