Suzuki unveils EV concept in January ahead of 2025 launch – report
suzuki will reportedly preview its first electric vehicle in concept form next year ahead of its 2025 launch.
Indian cars report YY8 . SUV concept will be revealed at Auto Expo 2023 in January.
The production model will be launched in January or February 2025 by Maruti Suzuki, Suzuki’s subsidiary in India, but is also being developed for the global market. The publication notes that 50% of the production volume of the Gujarat plant will be exported.
It will be said to be of the same size as MG ZS EV with a length of 4.2m and a wheelbase of 2.7m.
It is co-developed with Toyota, which will also sell an SUV version.
A small electric SUV called bZ Small Crossover is one of the 16 diverse electrical concepts was previewed by Toyota last year, although it did not reveal any other dimensions or specifications for the vehicle.
It made it clearer bZ Compact SUV conceptbut that car is a bit larger at 4538mm.
Indian cars reports that the YY8 will use the 27PL skateboard architecture, derived from the 40PL platform – aka e-TNGA – as the foundation for the Toyota bZ4x and Subaru Solterra twin.
The company is said to be targeting the equivalent of AU$23-27,000, which would knock the ZS EV down in India and essentially match the smaller Tata Nexon EV.
It is said to be offered with a choice of 48kWh or 59kWh lithium-iron phosphate batteries sourced from Chinese automaker BYD, with a range of approximately 400 km with the smaller battery and approximately 500 km. with a larger battery.
The YY8 is said to also be offered in two- or all-wheel drive configurations, with power outputs ranging from 103kW to 128kW.
It is expected to have a modern EV styling, with short overhangs and a different styling from other Suzuki models. The company previewed what an electric Maruti SUV might look like in 2020 with the Futuro-E concept.
It won’t be the first Suzuki model to be widely exported out of India, with the recent (local) discontinuation of production. Baleno also from there.
Maruti Suzuki dominates the subcontinent, accounting for almost half of the market there. However, it has a weaker influence on India’s nascent EV market, with Tata Motors holding around 84%.
Plans to launch an electric version of the Suzuki Wagon R in India have been scrapped, and so far, the brand has not offered any electric vehicles in that market – or anywhere else, for that problem.
The YY8 concept won’t be all that Maruti Suzuki brings to Auto Expo 2023.
Also expected to be revealed is the production version of the Coming soon Jimny 5 doorsunderstood to be consistent with the Australian launch.
While Suzuki has introduced electric vehicles as hybrid and mild-hybrid models in markets like Europe, it has yet to do so in Australia.
The first hybrid model – letter S – not due until 2024.
“By 2025, if you look at [voluntary] The CO2 standards that FCAI has come up with… The way we can meet it is just by introducing electrification,” said Suzuki Australia CEO Michael Pachota auto expert in October.
“We’re likely going to have hybrid mainly across the range and possibly some form of electrification there but we can’t confirm anything about that yet.”