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Suzuki iM-4 Concept Confirmed for Production

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, May 16th, 2015

2015 Suzuki iM-4 Concept news

Remember the Suzuki iM-4 Concept we saw earlier this year at the 2015 Geneva motor show? It was shown alongside the iK-2 Concept. Well, according to a recent report from Automotive Express, Suzuki executives have finally given the official go-ahead for production. That means the 4×4 crossover concept will hit the market in production form either at the end of 2017 or at the beginning of 2018, offered as a 2018 MY in both cases.

As a quick refresher course, the iM-4 Concept we saw in Geneva had a number of cool features that we hope to see in the eventual production model. For one, the retro-styled design is actually very eye-catching, and we hope to see the concept’s quirky aesthetic carried over to production. The concept was shown in Geneva with a new 1.2L DUALJET engine and an all-new platform unique to any other Suzuki models. It also used a SHVS hybrid system, but AE said that a hybrid production model isn’t guaranteed.

2015 Suzuki iK-2 Concept news

In the meantime, Suzuki plans to roll out a new Suzuki Swift and Suzuki Swift Sport for the 2017MY, although a definite launch date hasn’t been set. All we know is that they’ll be much like today’s Swift models, but lighter and with a bit more oomph in the Sport model. These cars will NOT be based on the iK-2 Concept though… The iK-2 will come to market as a slightly longer hatch to appease the consistent customer complaints of the Swift not having enough rear legroom.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2015 Suzuki Jimny

2015 Suzuki Jimny

Interestingly, we’d suspected that the iM-4 may come to market as a replacement for the near-twenty year-old Suzuki Jimny. Turns out, Suzuki is planning to launch a new generation of the Jimny sometime in the next few years, but it the iM-4 won’t be that car. Instead, the new Jimny will maintain the same customer intent as the current one – a back-to-basics off-road-ready crossover built on a ladder chassis and AWD.

To give you an idea of what that might look like, what we see here is a 2015 Suzuki Jimny in literally perfect condition. The seats are even wrapped, with only 3 km on the odometer.

2015 Suzuki Jimny rear

It’s easy to see what makes the Jimny so appealing… It’s rugged, clean and extremely capable. This particular Jimny is one of the kei car variants, which means it runs on a small, highly efficient 660cc engine.

2015 Suzuki Jimny interior

With well-rounded interior amenities, a surprising amount of cabin space, a ruggedly retro look and some stylish custom wheels, this auction find is one worth bookmarking. Get more details via the auction sheet translation below:

2015 Suzuki Jimny auction sheet

Grade S, interior A, first registered January 2015, Jimny Land Venture model, 5-speed manual, AC, ABA emissions code, dual airbags, ABS, 4WD, electrical retraction mechanism on mirrors, heated mirrors, indicator door mirrors, keyless entry, smoked glass windows, special chrome grill, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, no stereo fitted, part-time 4WD, special water repellant seats with heaters, special seat covers, leather steering wheel (with stereo switches), special dark silver alloy wheels, front under decorative part, LED ring fog lights, marks as per map

Suzuki iK-2 and iM-4 Teased Ahead of Geneva Debut

Posted by Stephen On Monday, February 9th, 2015

Suzuki has just unveiled two darkened teasers for a couple of new concepts that will debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next month. We’re happy to hear that Suzuki is still expanding despite departure from the US market, and these two offerings look particularly well-suited for the European market where they will first be unveiled.

As you continue reading, we’ll quickly divulge what we know about each new concept, along with the teasers themselves.

Suzuki iK-2 Concept

Suzuki iK-2 Concept Teaser

According to Suzuki’s press release, “The iK-2 is an ideal compact sized car, developed with an innovative theme of ‘Harmonised Force’. By combining all of the key elements expected in a car of this size the new model raises compact car values to the limits.”

Frankly, this doesn’t tell us much, except that the car we see in these images is indeed a compact car, either a crossover or a hatch. Some sources guess that this will eventually become the next-generation Suzuki Swift, but we’re not convinced. Instead, our guess is that this teaser heralds a brand-new B-segment model that will sit between the Swift and the SX4 or the new Vitara SUV.

Suzuki iM-4 Concept

Suzuki iM-4 Concept Teaser

The Suzuki iM-4 Concept is a much more straightforward teaser. We’ve suspected for a while that Suzuki would be updating the Jimney with a new generation sometime in the next couple years, and this car’s profile is an exact match for what we’d expect that model to look like.

Plus, the press release is much more forthcoming for this concept. “The iM-4 is an iconic mini 4×4 developed with a concept theme of ‘Shape the Inspiration’. It’s an all-new proposal from Suzuki, packed with its compact 4×4 DNA and new technologies as well as distinctive styling that will give real inspiration to drivers.”

Notice that word “iconic”? What’s more iconic than the third-generation Suzuki Jimny mini SUV, which has been on the market since 1998? It’s long overdue for an update, and we’re almost certain that the iM-4 Concept will herald their kei car’s replacement.

Suzuki Plans 3 New Concepts for 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, October 31st, 2013

With the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show looming less than one month away, this is an extremely important time for every Japanese automaker. Everyone is competing for a share of the hype leading up to Japan’s biggest automotive event of the year. As of today, Suzuki has jumped into the fray with official confirmation of three new concepts to be showcased at the end of November.

The overarching theme behind Suzuki’s three new concepts is, “Let’s Create a Brand New Story”. In addition to the various cars that’ll be in their booth, the maker of Small Cars for a Big Future will also showcase a set of introductory videos for each new concept, “to show the brand-new story of Suzuki and its customers in a beautiful image.” They’ll be produced by movie director Shinji Iwai, so these won’t be your typical concept car videos!

But enough about videos and booths; below you’ll learn everything about Suzuki’s biggest batch of new concepts this year.

Crosshiker Concept

The Crosshiker Concept is a compact crossover built on the exact same platform as the 2011 REGINA concept. The REGINA, otherwise known as the G70 concept, was an extremely efficient concept targeted towards a global market. It was small enough for city roads while maintaining the spaciousness of an SUV. The Crosshiker concept goes smaller still with a total weight of just 1,785 lbs, or 810 kg. Plus, it gets an improved three-cylinder 1.0L engine.

Aesthetically, the Crosshiker evokes a lightweight Nissan Juke, and it’d be surprising if that weren’t at least part of Suzuki’s design inspiration. Don’t take that as a complaint, though; the seamless panoramic roof more than makes up for any underlying unoriginality.

X-LANDER Concept

Next up, we have the X-LANDER Concept, which is a roofless compact SUV designed as a sort of futuristic, urban Suzuki Jimny.

As you can probably guess from the rugged-looking tires, the X-LANDER Concept features four-wheel-drive. What you might not guess is that the aforementioned 4WD is connected with a lightweight hybrid powertrain featuring a 1.3L engine and a “highly efficient” electric motor. On top of all that, the X-LANDER gets a new “automatically controlled manual transmission”… If that makes sense.

According to Suzuki, “The [X-LANDER’s] design is loaded full of playful touches [for a] fusion of off-road power and mechanical precision. Drivers can use the car in the city and sometimes go out to play in the field.”

Hustler & Hustler Coupe Concepts

Finally, Suzuki will round out their Tokyo Motor Show debuts with a pair of concepts called the Hustler and Hustler Coupe.

The Hustler Concept is a practical SUV for drivers who love the outdoors. The Hustler Coupe Concept is a uniquely intriguing city car that’s, oddly enough, not actually a coupe.

As you can see, the Hustler Coupe is clearly a five door vehicle, even if the back handles are cleverly hidden behind the back-door windows. Suzuki clarifies in their press releases that the Hustler Coupe concept is merely a “further design variation” that molds the previous Hustler SUV into a coupe-like silhouette.

At the beginning of their press release, Suzuki hinted that one of these three concepts would lead to a near-immediate production model, one would be coming within a year, and the last would be nothing more than a prequel to something long-term.

While Suzuki didn’t specify which concepts were coming when, if a guess had to be made, the Hustler and Hustler Coupe seem like the most likely to come first. From a design standpoint, they are the most ordinary, and therefore the easiest to port quickly into production. Next would be the X-LANDER, since it’s based on an already-existing model (the Suzuki Jimmy). Finishing out with the “distant future” car would be the Crosshiker, since let’s face it – we’re never going to get a panoramic roof.

Of course, that’s just one writer’s opinion… Feel free to express yours in the comments below.