It’s the era of electrification, and sooner rather than later, everything with four wheels will be powered by electrons instead of dinosaur juice – including race cars, pick-up trucks, and even niche off-roaders. We already saw the G-Wagen turn into the Mercedes-Benz EQG last year, and now even the “Baby G” Suzuki Jimny is going fully electric too.
This was revealed in a product roadmap last Thursday, where Suzuki announced its strategy for the next seven years till 2030. As expected, there were a lot of EVs and hybrids, but something hidden in one of the slides (above) immediately caught our attention.
Suzuki made no direct mention of the Jimny during the presentation itself, but ask anyone that’s ever heard of one, and they’ll tell you that it’s undoubtedly the silhouette of the baby off-roader.
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Suzuki also didn’t mention a specific timeframe for the Jimny EV’s launch, aside from the fact that the first battery electric vehicle (BEV) will make its debut in 2024 (2023 for Japan). If we had to guess, though, we think it’s likely that it’ll be introduced as the next-generation Jimny model, whenever that’s due.
The current model made its debut back in 2018 and immediately became a huge hit. It was introduced officially in Malaysia back in September 2021, powered by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated inline-four engine, sending 102 hp and 130 Nm to all four wheels via a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Now, the fully-electric Suzuki Jimny is planned for Europe only, but as they always say, when there’s a will…