- Suzuki has revealed several new cars at India's Auto Expo, including their first global electric vehicle, the eVX, and a five-door Jimny.
- The eVX has a claimed range of 550 kilometres.
- Suzuki SA will likely start with hybrid models, including a new Vitara.
While South Africans celebrate the recent drop in diesel and petrol prices – now poured into generators as frequently as their vehicles – Suzuki is slowly reducing its dependency on fossil fuels with the debut of its global electric vehicle.
Unveiled at India's Auto Expo, the futuristic Suzuki eVX hints at a beguiling combination of Suzuki's off-road DNA, styling cues and nascent battery technology.
Technical details remain sparse at this stage, but we do know it's fitted with a 60kWh battery for a claimed range of 550 kilometres. Its dimensions make it slightly larger than the current Suzuki Vitara.
Speaking at the launch of the Suzuki eVX, the president of Suzuki, Toshihiro Suzuki said: "I am delighted to unveil the eVX, our first global strategic EV. 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 optimising them for the way different people live and drive."
Suzuki South Africa will continue to assess the eVX's viability and will likely use the Suzuki Vitara hybrid, expected as early as 2023, as a practical stepping stone.
News24 Motoring contributor Tyrone Paulsen is currently attending India's Auto Expo with Suzuki South Africa. Some of the other vehicles revealed at the Expo are a five-door Jimny model, which South Africans will really be pleased about, a sporty SUV known as the FRONX, and a six-seater XL6. Paulsen says Suzuki Auto SA has confirmed all three models will be available for our local market later in 2023.