Suzuki’s first EV could be based on Toyota bZ4X

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Suzuki has confirmed that it will launch its inaugural electric car by 2025.

Suzuki’s first foray in the world of pure electric motoring will come by 2025, the company has announced.The new was delivered during a launch event for the latest version of the brand’s S-Cross SUV, which uses a mild-hybrid petrol engine, by company president Toshiro Suzuki.

While many other manufacturers have been building electric cars for at least a few years, Suzuki has been focusing on hybrid drivetrains, with models such as the Ignis, Swift, Swace, Vitara, S-Cross, and Across all currently offered with either mild-hybrid, full-hybrid or plug-in hybrid power. The Japanese car maker has until now given no indications of its plans for a fully electric model, but it seems it will be unveiled within the next two to three years.

The Swace and Across are products of a partnership between Suzuki and much larger Japanese carmaker Toyota, being rebadged versions of that company’s Corolla Touring Sports and RAV4 Plug-In models respectively. Although nothing has been confirmed yet, it’s likely Suzuki will lean on Toyota for its transition to fully electric power, too.

The company could simply offer a rebadged version of the recently unveiled Toyota bZ4X electric SUV (which will also appear in Subaru form as the Solterra), or it could use that car’s platform and electric drivetrain to underpin something more distinctly Suzuki.

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