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Suzuki Jimny EV
Suzuki’s Jimny has long been a popular off-road vehicle, thanks to its compact dimensions, rugged construction, and impressive capabilities. However, the petrol version’s high CO2 emissions have been a major hurdle for its European sales, as it can only be sold as a commercial vehicle in the region. But with the recent announcement of an upcoming Jimny EV, things are about to change for the better.
European Market Launch in 2026
According to reports, Suzuki is gearing up to launch the Jimny EV in Europe, and the three-door version will be the first to hit the market. This move makes perfect sense, as the petrol version’s emissions have been a major roadblock for its European sales. By going electric, the Jimny can finally shed its commercial vehicle status and be sold as a regular passenger car.
However, converting a body-on-frame SUV into an electric one is no easy feat. The Jimny’s compact dimensions and dedicated ladder-frame chassis make it a challenging vehicle to re-engineer. But Suzuki has a few tricks up its sleeve to make it work.
The vehicle will be seen hitting the road by 2026, why you ask? Because the R&D of converting a petrol vehicle into an electric vehicle would require a lot of investment and changes in the design. These changes in the design can be noted below!
Battery & Motor
One option is to install the battery pack within the frame, which would both protect the battery and serve as a packaging solution. A 60kWh battery, similar to the one used on the eVX concept shown at Auto Expo, could be used for the Jimny, and double-deck battery modules could also be used if more space is needed. Another option is to place the battery below the frame, as on the Toyota Hilux, with a protector installed below.
Suzuki will also need to install a motor at both axles to maintain Jimny’s off-road capabilities. With no engine and transmission up front, there will be plenty of space for the front axle, and the rear electric motor is likely to be packaged near the rear differential. The absence of a transfer case will save weight, but with a big battery pack and twin motors, the Jimny EV is likely to be heavy. Nonetheless, two axles providing a higher level of regeneration should help offset the weight penalty.
One intriguing possibility with the Jimny EV is that the five-door version could also gain some additional practicality, with a ‘frunk’ up front and some rear luggage space. This would be a welcome addition for buyers looking for more storage options, and it would give the Jimny a more practical edge without sacrificing its off-road prowess.
Overall, the Jimny EV is an exciting development for Suzuki and a welcome addition to the growing electric SUV market. With its rugged construction, impressive capabilities, and new electric powertrain, the Jimny is poised to be a hit in Europe and beyond. Suzuki has some work to do to make it happen, but the end result should be well worth the effort.