Expect a global production model by 2025.
Maruti Suzuki, the Indian arm of the Japanese motorcycle and car brand, unveiled the new eVX concept at the Auto Expo 2023, previewing a future electric crossover due for production in 2025.
Suzuki did not publish an abundance of details regarding the eVX but says that the concept will continue a legacy of 4x4s into the electric era. From this, we can assume that there will at least be the option of a dual-motor powertrain with all-wheel drive capabilities, although the outputs of such a powertrain remain a mystery.
However, some details were provided. Underpinned by an all-new electric platform, the battery has a 60 kWh capacity, and Suzuki claims an electric driving range of 342 miles, albeit on a modified version of the Indian testing cycle.
The eVX measures 169.3 inches long, 70.9 inches wide, and 63 inches tall, giving it slightly larger dimensions and proportions than the Hyundai Kona Electric.
In recent years, Suzuki has transitioned from a manufacturer of cute Kei cars like the Cappuccino and feisty warm hatches like the Suzuki Swift Sport to a manufacturer with an extensive range of crossover SUVs. But the one thing missing from its lineup was an EV. Japanese automakers, including Suzuki, Toyota, Subaru, and Honda, have been slow to adopt electric cars, with many banding together in defiance of the concept that there is only one path toward carbon-neutral motoring. The eVX is the first step in changing that mindset and adapting to a changing automotive climate that will require most manufacturers in Europe to have EVs in their lineup by 2035.
"I am delighted to unveil the eVX, our first global strategic EV," said Suzuki president Toshihiro Suzuki. "At the Suzuki Group, addressing global warming is a priority. We are promoting a range of global measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Suzuki will continue providing valuable products to our customers around the world by optimizing them for the way different people live and drive."
Suzuki is also expected to launch two new SUVs at the show, including a five-door Jimny 4x4, rumored to be powered by a turbocharged mild-hybrid powertrain. While the Jimny is not legal in the US, there are ways of getting one for off-road purposes only from Mexico. Despite the Suzuki brand not being available in America for some time, the Jimny's incredibly off-road ability and legendary history have endeared it to American fans.