Confirmed: The Jimny Will Become An EV By 2030
Modified On Feb 03, 2023 12:44 PM By Rohit for Maruti Jimny EV
The all-electric SUV is headed to European markets first while its India launch is yet uncertain
Jimny EV included in Suzuki’s new EV plans.
Should continue to be a body-on-frame construction as the standard Jimny.
Jimny EV should drive its four wheels like the ICE model.
Should offer a claimed range of around 400km.
India only just got the latest version of the Jimny in the five-door iteration.
Maruti will launch six EVs in India by 2030, including the eVX.
Maruti’s Japanese partner, Suzuki, recently released its long-term plan up to 2030, which details all the electric vehicles that it intends on introducing before the end of this decade. Of the models, whose silhouettes Suzuki disclosed, it was the Jimny that caught our attention (giveaway details include the headlights and the slatted grille). The electric version of the off-roader is intended for the European market first.
Being the electric derivative of the Jimny, it should retain off-roading prowess with a body-on-frame construction and four-wheel drive (4WD) by featuring a dual-motor setup (one on each axle). Although no technical specifications have been revealed as yet, we are expecting the Jimny EV to have a claimed range of around 400km.
The Jimny has only arrived in India in 2023 as a five-door SUV, while it has been on sale globally until now in the three-door form It’s hard to discern from the teaser which version of the SUV is going to get the electric powertrain, but a three-door electric avatar is more likely for Europe.
Given the initial response, Jimny is set to become a popular offering. So, it is possible that Maruti would introduce an electric version of the five-door Jimny, which we probably will get only after 2030. Maruti does have its own plans though as it looks set to launch six EVs in our market by 2030, including the eVX.
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For now, the Jimny is powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) and, Maruti has equipped the India-spec model with a 1.5-litre petrol engine (105PS/134.2Nm). It gets the choice of a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission. The India-spec Jimny also gets 4WD, as standard.
The Jimny is expected to go on sale by March this year, with a starting price of Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom). It will rival the likes of the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha, both of which are set to get their own five-door versions soon.
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