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New Suzuki eVX will be the brand’s first electric car

Suzuki is working on an all-new SUV that’ll be on display at the Tokyo Motor Show

Not only will Suzuki have a next-generation Swift concept at this month’s Tokyo Motor Show, but its first pure-electric car will be there too in the shape of the eVX. 

Suzuki’s entire range of passenger cars is now electrified in some way, but the glaring omission of a fully-electric offering will soon be filled by the new eVX. We expect the eVX to rival small electric SUVs like the Hyundai Kona Electric, Jeep Avenger and Kia’s upcoming EV3. There’s no word yet on if it’ll come to the UK, but if it does then a timeline of around 2025 seems likely. 

Previously showcased at the Auto Expo in India back in January, Suzuki says the eVX has had its exterior ‘evolved’ from that concept and while Suzuki refrains from calling the current eVX design model a concept, new images of the interior suggest it’s not quite production-ready.

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To help it stand out against a series of excellent competitors, it’ll get Suzuki’s traditionally chunky off-road stance. That’s not to say the eVX won’t look modern, though. Suzuki’s first all-electric car looks comparatively futuristic next to the firm’s current line up thanks to angular surfacing and flush-fitting door handles. Some elements of the eVX have been tweaked over the original concept: there are now wing mirrors rather than cameras, and the headlights have been reshaped. 

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The rear of the car has now been shown for the first time ahead of its unveiling in Tokyo. The overall shape of the rear isn’t too different from the concept, although the bumper has been reshaped and instead of a full-width rear light bar, it’s blanked off on either side of the Suzuki badge. 

Our first look inside the eVX reveals a strange steering wheel that looks like something from a Salvador Dali painting. The core climate control functions are lit up on the dash as touchpads and there’s a huge dual-screen positioned on the dash. A sleek centre console panel extends out with the gear selector on the end. 

We don’t know the underpinnings of the eVX just yet, but given Toyota and Suzuki’s partnership, we could see a sharing of technology, potentially with the eVX gaining a Toyota platform from the similarly-sized bZ3X. We expect four-wheel drive given Suzuki claims the eVX ‘realises true Suzuki SUV driving experience by further evolving the electronically-controlled 4x4 technologies.’

Suzuki claims the eVX will manage 310 miles of range thanks to a 60kWh battery - that’s 35 miles more than a Kia Niro EV and 62 miles more than a Jeep Avenger.

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A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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