Suzuki and Toyota, who partnered three years ago, are working on a joint lineup of six low-cost electric vehicles, according to Autocar India. One of them will be an off-road vehicle codenamed YY8, which Japanese brands plan to introduce closer to 2025 – each preparing a version under its own nameplate. For him, as well as for the other five new products, the scalable skateboard platform 40L will become the basis.
The lineup of six EVs to be sold globally will include a large and mid-size SUV, a mid-size crossover and a minivan, as well as a sedan and some compact car. They will be united by the 40L platform, designed for “battery” cars of different sizes: according to Autocar, the electric twins Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra are already based on such a “trolley”, but for marketing purposes it is called differently – e-TNGA and eSGP.
Suzuki has been assigned the role of developer of a family of small cars based on a variation of the 40L platform, codenamed 27PL, on which the aforementioned YY8 will be based. These electric cars will be put on the conveyor of the Suzuki plant in Gujarat, from where they will be exported to Europe and Japan.
As for the YY8, it will be larger than the Hyundai Creta – that is, longer than four meters – which is unusual for India, since the car will not be subject to tax incentives. The base version will get front-wheel drive and a single 138 horsepower electric motor, while the more expensive one will get two engines with a total output of 170 horsepower and all-wheel drive.
The power reserve will be up to 500 kilometers. Lithium-ion batteries for new products will be produced in India at the Chinese BYD plant, which will significantly save on production and set affordable price tags.