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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


Japanese Car Auction Find – 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Earlier this week, we got really excited about the new Honda S660 Kei car that’s making its debut in Japan even as we speak. The Kei sports car is a rare thing with barely a handful on the market today. That spurt of reminiscing got us thinking about some of our old favorites from years past. Behold today’s Japanese car auction find – a 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino:

1992 Suzuki Cappuccino

This classic Japanese roadster is an extremely agile piece of machinery, weighing in at barely 725 kg, or 1,598 pounds. There were only about 28,000 Suzuki Cappuccinos ever produced during its single-generation existence from 1991 to 1997, and there are only two of those models currently up for auction in Japan (at the time of this writing). This one is from 1992, so only the second year of production.

Since the Suzuki Cappuccino was made to fit Japan’s strict key car regulations, the powertrain is very small – a three-cylinder 660cc engine that outputs 63 horsepower. Doesn’t sound very much, does it? But, because of the roadster’s extremely light curb weight, it can still pull off a 0 to 60 mph time of just 8 seconds.

1992 Suzuki Cappuccino rear

The Suzuki Cappuccino has earned cult status for a couple key features that distinguish it from many other roadsters of the time.

First, it has an extremely impressive rev range. Peak power output doesn’t come until 6,400 rpm, and the car redlines at 8,500 rpm. Suzuki did an extremely impressive job of delivering sports car performance in such a small, low-power roadster. It has powerful brakes and a perfect 50:50 weight distribution when both seats are occupied. It’s known to have extremely responsive steering and that 660cc engine is paired to a smooth-as-butter five-speed transmission.

1992 Suzuki Cappuccino interior

The other really cool feature in the Suzuki cappuccino is its customizable three-part roof. It doesn’t have the fancy automatic retraction of today’s convertibles, but it makes up for it by offering four modes of configuration. You can have a hardtop coupe with all panels in place, a T-top by removing the two side panels, a targa top by removing the middle bar, or a full open-top cabriolet by removing the roll bar and rear window.

This 1992 Suzuki cappuccino is particularly well-kept. Only a few minor dings mar the car’s exterior, and the odometer has a mere 13,020 km on it. If you’d like to learn more, keep reading below for a full translation of the auction sheet:

1992 Suzuki Cappuccino auction sheet

“Grade 4, interior B, first registered 1992 (month not stated), 5-speed manual gearbox, power windows, one owner, 13020KM, black seats, AM steering wheel, original 14 inch alloy wheels, service book, fuel pump replaced, possibly has artifical leather seats, steering wheel worn, seats worn, paint marks and rust underneath vehicle, scratches and dents, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map”


Suzuki iM-4 and iK-2 Concepts Debut in Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Suzuki is making a statement about their place in the European market at this month’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show. They’ve brought two all-new concepts to the event, each one targeted at a highly competitive segment.

The first is a mini 4×4 crossover called the iM-4 Concept, the second is a new hatchback called the iK-2 Concept. Learn more about each one below.

Suzuki iM-4 Concept

We were actually surprised by how clean and composed both of these concept cars look from Suzuki, especially the iM-4.

2015 Suzuki iM-4 Concept

Suzuki’s designated theme for the development of this car was “Shape the Inspiration.” We don’t know where they were getting their inspiration from, but the end result is an eye-catchingly retro, off-road-ready compact SUV that looks like it has a lot to offer.

2015 Suzuki iM-4 Concept rear

Perhaps most importantly, the iM-4 Concept is a hybrid, which instantly separates it from a lot of the other small SUVs on the market. It runs on a 1.2L DUALJET engine paired with an all-new platform and an SHVS hybrid system, allowing for “excellent fuel consumption with low CO2 emissions.”

Suzuki iK-2 Concept

Here we have a brand-new compact hatchback that Suzuki has dubbed the iK-2 Concept.

Unlike the iM-4 Concept, the iK-2 already has a number of well-established competitors that it’ll be facing up against, chief among them probably being the Ford Fiesta. Even at Geneva, the iK-2 is competing with the Nissan Sway Concept for attention.

Suzuki ik-2 Concept

Fortunately, the iK-2 Concept looks up for the task. Like the iM-4, it features the same all-new platform and is powered by a freshly developed engine code-named BOOSTERJET. We know it’s a 1.0L petrol with direct-injection and a turbocharger; unfortunately, you’ll have to use your imagination to envision the specific level of performance output this new powertrain will yield.

What you DON’T have to imagine is how well Suzuki has styled this new iK-2 hatch. Where the iM-4 is retro and angular, the iK-2 is much more elegant and refined. The styling hints at the drive quality too; Suzuki claims the iK-2 Concept offers a spirited ride that delivers excess excitement with conservative fuel economy.

Suzuki iK-2 Concept rear

Suzuki made no mention of a possible launch date for either of these two new concepts. However, both look close enough to production that our unofficial guess would be that these will hit the European market by the end of the year as 2016MY’s.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Suzuki Swift RS

2014 Suzuki Swift RS

Probably the most comparable car to the Suzuki iK-2 Concept currently in the Japanese automaker’s lineup is the Suzuki Swift. Especially if you’re looking at one of the extra-sporty Suzuki Swift RS models, like the 2014MY up for auction here.

2014 Suzuki Swift RS rear

The Suzuki Swift RS is a front-wheel drive five-door hatch powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2L four-cylinder engine that outputs a conservative 90 bhp and 87 lb-ft of torque.

2014 Suzuki Swift RS interior

This particular model is lucky enough to feature an upgraded automatic transmission, and some other standard tech like anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, power steering and windows, and dual air bags for added safety.

To learn more about this 2014 Suzuki Swift RS, keep reading below the auction sheet.

2014 Suzuki Swift RS auction sheet

“Grade S, interior A, first registered June 2014, RS model, FAT, AAC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, airbag, push button starter and key-free system, electrical retraction mechanism on door mirrors, indicator door mirrors, discharge headlights and fog lights, original body kit, DBA emissions code, paddle shift, no stereo fitted, 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 Alto Lives on in JDM as a Kei Car

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

It turns out we were wrong about the Suzuki Alto. We thought that the new Suzuki Celerio we saw earlier this month would replace the Alto (along with the Splash) in all of Suzuki’s current markets. However, it turns out that the Alto will live on in both India and Japan, albeit as two completely different cars. The facelifted Alto you’ll learn about below has just gone on sale in Japan.

2016 JDM Suzuki Alto Kei Car

2015 Suzuki Alto Kei Car in

Suzuki will continue selling the Alto as a kei car in the Japanese Domestic Market. However, it won’t look anything like the Alto that most of us are used to seeing. The image above shows us a fairly simple design with a few retro flairs to draw in the hipsters. The boxy body and the grille in particular have give it a very “retro” look – the grille is asymmetrical with absolutely no chrome or metallic accents… Something you won’t find in very many cars today.

That retro design theme continues into the cabin with flat, simple seats and a minimalist center console. You’ll find cool features like a center-mounted gear lever, and a mixture of analog and digital read-outs on the dash. Otherwise, the color-scheme is fairly plain – neutral tones all over, with the most exciting color being the beige on the A/C vents and center dash.

2015 Suzuki Alto kei car interior

Under the hood, you’ll find a microscopic 660cc three-cylinder engine that runs on gas and outputs a conservative 54bhp – just enough to navigate the tight city streets of Japan. Don’t expect to haul any concrete or lumber though; the car only outputs 63Nm of torque at optimal rev-ranges. Of course, this small engine is what allows the JDM Alto to give its drivers the financial benefits of owning a kei car, which is well-rewarded in Japan.

2015 Suzuki Alto JDM interior

Even though we don’t have images of it at this time, Suzuki has also stated that there will be a slightly sportier version of the JDM Alto coming later next year. It’ll be called the Alto Turbo RS, and it’ll get a two-tone color-scheme on the outisde, a bit more vibrancy on the inside, and unspecified modifications to the powertrain. It’ll be tough to make any really significant performance improvements if Suzuki wants to keep the Turbo RS version in the kei car category, but we’ll just have to wait and see what they can do. Until then…

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Suzuki Lapin

2014 Suzuki Alto auction find

You can clearly where the new JDM Alto gets its looks from – the older Japanese models, like this Lapin, also have a very boxy look about them, unlike the curvier variants on sale in other parts of the world.

2014 Suzuki Alto interior

The 2014 model Lapin is still a kei car, so it has the same small 660cc engine and minimalist feature set. However, this Japanese car auction find is in very good condition, and if you’re looking for a fuel-efficient car that does exactly what you need it to for comfortable and convenient city driving, this is the car for you. Get a more specific translation below the auction sheet:

2014 Suzuki Alto auction sheet

“Grade 6, interior A, exterior condition A, first registered July 2014, AT, AC, keyless entry, push button starter, CD player, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, minor scratches, odometer reading 4KM, marks as per map”


All-New Suzuki Celerio Revealed Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

2015 Suzuki Celerio

It was just over a year ago that we saw the Suzuki A:Wind concept (pictured below) at the 2013 Thailand Auto Show. It was a bold little hatchback that we predicted would herald the next-generation Suzuki Alto. Today Suzuki has revealed the all-new Celerio city car (pictured above) ahead of its premiere at next year’s Geneva Motor Show.

As it turns out, we were mostly right about the A:Wind – it will, in fact, replace the Alto. However, it’ll also replace the Suzuki Splash, effectively killing two birds with one stone.

2013 Suzuki A-Wind Concept

Even though the new Celerio is notably larger than the outgoing Alto, it remains an A-segment mini in both form and function (and it’ll still be a kei car in Japan). It should also be made clear up front that this is intended to be a very entry-level vehicle; when it goes on sale next year, the mini-hatch will start at just £7,999 for the basic SZ3 trim, which is about $12,500 USD. The only other SZ4 trim is just £1,000 more for £8,999.

At the basic SZ3 trim, you’ll get air conditioning, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, remote power locking, a DAB Radio with CD player, and Suzuki’s trademark Electronic Stability Program, which helps the Celerio stabilize during intensive cornering.

Moving up to the SZ4 trim will get you polished alloys, fog lamps up front, a more stylish chrome front grille with colored door mirrors, and rear passengers will now enjoy electric windows.

Both trims of the new Suzuki Celerio will come with the same powertrain that currently occupies some versions of the Suzuki Alto. It’s a basic 1.0L three-cylinder engine paired up with Suzuki’s automated manual transmission. The engine output is a conservative 67hp, but the low power yields an incredible fuel economy of 65.7 mpg using the UK combined cycle.

Ultimately, the Suzuki Celerio is not intended to be the flashiest or fastest car in its segment. It’s a budget car built on superior bang-for-your-buck value, and that’s who it’s intended to sell to. Don’t compare it to higher-end cars in the segment from Audi or VW; that’s not the competition. Instead, this is a car to compete with budget cars like the Dacia Sandero and Chevy Volt. It’s perfect for drivers who prioritize reliability, fuel economy and cabin space while sticking to a budget.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Suzuki Alto F

Since we now know that this is the last year you’ll be able to buy a new Suzuki Alto F, we figured today would be a good day to showcase one of the 2014 model years we found up for auction through our Integrity Exports database. This is a 2014 Suzuki Alto F in superb condition:

2014 Suzuki Alto F

This model runs on a smaller 0.66L engine than the 1.0L unit in the new Suzuki Celerio, but it has a smaller body to compensate with a curb-weight of just 710kg. You’ll get 53 bhp with a five-speed manual transmission. Again, it’s a fairly basic model with great all-around economy and decent cabin space. This particular auction find is in truly spectacular shape, as you’ll learn in the auction sheet translation below:

2014 Suzuki Alto F auction sheet
“Grade5, interior B, exterior B, first registered February 2014, F model, DBA emissions code, CD, FAT, AC, airbag, power steering, power windows, minor interior grime, seats have minor stains, marks as per map.”

New Suzuki Vitara SUV Hits the Floor in Paris

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 10th, 2014

2014 Suzuki Vitara Concept

Today we have yet another Juke-rivaling compact crossover from the ongoing 2014 Paris Motor Show. It’s the new Suzuki Vitara Concept, based on the Suzuki iV-4 Concept from this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Those of you with a long memory will remember the Suzuki Vitara SUV from over a decade and a half ago.

Let’s take a look, shall we? Here’s the official video promo:

This concept is a pre-production study for a smaller incarnation of the long-dead Vitara name. As such, Suzuki’s goal with the design of this Vitara Concept was to express their styling heritage with a strong, solid design. At the same time, what we see here is likely pretty close to the eventual production model.

The trapezoidal front-bumper insert in particular is meant to evoke a sense of sturdiness; a visual representation of the driving stability offered by Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system. However, strong and solid doesn’t have to mean plain and boring, and the Vitara Concept showcases a wide combination of body colors and custom design details, such as the colored wheel inserts you may remember from the iV-4 Concept.

With such an intense focus on strength, it’s no surprise that the new Vitara has the highest road clearance of any compact crossover we’ve seen in Paris. This makes for plenty of off-road potential, and a big selling point for Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system is allowing the driver to choose the best driving mode for any given road surface.

2014 Suzuki Vitara Concept rear

Unlike many of today’s stereotypical off-road SUV’s, the new compact Suzuki Vitara maintains a relatively light curb weight without sacrificing off-road performance. This is thanks to advanced high-tensile steel that makes the crossover simultaneously light on its feet and able to take a punch. Suzuki says that this and other weight-saving measures allow the Vitara Concept to achieve CO2 emissions of just 111g/km.

Of course, we can’t talk about emissions without mentioning the crossover’s 118bhp 1.6L diesel, the cleanest of the engines offered. Emissions jump to 123 g/km with the 1.6 L petrol, and even more if you opt for an automatic transmission. Keep in mind, though, that all of these figures are with a four-wheel drive system, which Suzuki says it’s been able to incorporate into the Vitara without sacrificing fuel efficiency.

Inside, you’ll find the Suzuki Vitara Concept has a relatively plain design with the exception of the custom colored accents that can be matched to the driver’s preferences. There are a few neat amenities like an analog clock and an optional sunroof, but it doesn’t stand out from some of the other interiors we’ve seen in Paris (even if this one is the most realistic).

Of course, plain doesn’t mean ill-equipped, and there’s plenty of technology to be had in the Vitara’s quiet cabin. You’ll notice the touchscreen at the center of the dash, and the concept boasts smartphone connectivity and adaptive cruise control, along with safety features like pre-collision automatic braking.

Suzuki says they plan to begin production of the new Vitara crossover sometime in early 2015. It’ll launch in Europe soon after, and be exported globally later in the year.


New Suzuki Vitara to Debut at the Paris Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Monday, September 1st, 2014

2015 Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki has just revealed the 2015 Suzuki Vitara ahead of its October debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Even though the small Japanese automaker isn’t selling cars in North America anymore, this compact crossover proves that they’re still intent on competing at a global level. The new Vitara is their answer to the uber-popular Nissan Juke.

Just as a reminder, you may have seen a similar version of the Vitara somewhere before… It’s based on the Suzuki iV-4 Concept from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, pictured below.

2013 Suzuki iV-4 Concept

As you can see, Suzuki has kept much of the iV-4 Concept alive in the production model, with the most noticeable differences being the normal-looking tires and the redesigned grille.

The Vitara may also sound familiar because Suzuki has used the name before on a very similar model that was phased out in 2005. Except, where the old Vitara likely would have competed with today’s Nissan Qashqai, Suzuki has shrunk the model to compete in a more compact segment. Now, the current Suzuki SX4 S-Cross fills the role of Qashqai competitor, with the Grand Vitara slotting even above that.

At the time of the iV-4 Concept’s debut, Suzuki said that the future production model would be “an SUV for the present day: light in weight and boasting among the lowest CO2 emissions in its class.”

Unfortunately, we still don’t know very much about the new Suzuki Vitara. However, what we do know lives up to Suzuki’s hype… It will likely be offered with a 1.6L petrol or diesel engine, both of which should be able to achieve class-leading fuel economy. For the more off-road inclined drivers, Suzuki will offer the Vitara with the same ALLGRIP intelligent four-wheel drive system seen in the SX4 S-Cross.

Of course, as we all know, the Nissan Juke didn’t break open the compact crossover market segment on fuel efficiency alone – it had the looks and the fun-factor to go along with it. Suzuki is looking to take their own spin on the conventional compact crossover by making their offering more customizable than the competition. Thus, each Vitara will be available with a number of trim and color customizations, which we’re excited to learn more about at the Paris reveal.

Even though at first glance it appears that Suzuki’s new compact crossover inherits a lot from their current and past products, the fact is that the 2015 Vitara will be built on a totally new platform that’s expected to underpin a number of future models.

If you’d like to see more of the new Suzuki Vitara, you can either wait for the premiere in October, or you can whet your appetite with the teaser video below:


Honda S660 Kei Sports Car Confirmed for Production

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 9th, 2014

It’s been a big week for Japanese-made sports cars. First we had the unconfirmed rumor out of Australia that Toyota will produce a convertible GT86, even after previously indicating the opposite. Today we have confirmation that Honda is giving the green light to manufacture the Beat-based S660 Concept as early as 2015.

Honda S660 Concept

We first saw the Honda S660 Concept (above) at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show last November. As you can see, it has a splendid aesthetic with a modern design that goes above and beyond what you’d expect from an automaker like Honda. At first glance it’s reminiscent of a convertible Acura NSX, albeit much, much smaller, but in truth it’s based on the Honda EV-STER Concept from the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show (below).

Honda EV-STER Concept

Honda’s newest sports car’s measurements are small enough to fit Japan’s Kei car regulations, which limit body length at 3.4m and width at 1.48m. Even the concept’s name hints at its size, S660 being a reference to the bite-sized engine displacement – 660cc. This engine is the same size as was in the original Honda Beat from 1991.

In fact, the closer you look at the S660 Concept’s powertrain, the more you see where this car has its roots. Just like the original Beat, the S660 will use a rear-drive, mid-engine layout for optimum balance. Honda claims that the car will have a perfect 50:50 weight distribution between the front and rear axles. If the S660 does indeed follow in the Beat’s footsteps, then you can expect to the production model to get a turbocharged three-cylinder engine that outputs 64 horsepower, the maximum power allowed by Kei car regulations.

With all the limitations put on the S660’s mechanics, you can see why Honda put such a heavy emphasis on its looks. What they presented us in Tokyo was simultaneously clean and aggressive with all the right features. LED headlights, a dominant grille and sharp-cut wheels all help make the S660 stand out from the crowd. Of course, by the time the S660 launches in 2015, it will need to stand out from the crowd… Toyota is planning to revive their Daihatsu Copen sometime around 2015, and Suzuki may do the same with their old Cappuccino by 2016.

There are probably at least a few reading this who’d be interested in owning one of these pearly white S660 roadsters when they finally launch sometime next year. Unfortunately, initial speculation indicates that the S660 will be limited exclusively to the Japanese market. Still, anything can happen, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated as we draw closer to the little sports car’s debut.


Suzuki A:Wind Concept Unveiled at the 2013 Thailand Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

In the wake of the LA and Tokyo motor shows, we find ourselves in the midst of yet another international motor show – the 2013 Thailand International Motor Expo. As you might expect, any motor show in Thailand is going to have a focus on city cars, which are typically most appealing to drivers in developing suburban markets. This explains why Suzuki chose to unveil their brand-new A:Wind Concept at this motor show… Just keep reading to learn more.

Suzuki A:Wind

As you can see, what we have here is a small car hatchback with the perfect proportions for city driving. It’s just over 11 feet long (3600mm), 5 feet wide (1600mm), and 5 feet high (1540mm).

There are two important things to know about the Suzuki A:Wind concept.

First, it likely previews the successor to the current Suzuki Alto.

Second, we know that the next-generation Alto is coming next year, which means that this concept is quite close to the production model. It’s not exactly what you’d call flashy, so that assumption seems very feasible.

Compared to the current iteration of the Suzuki Alto, the A:Wind Concept is a solid 200 mm longer and 70 mm taller. But, these extra inches are put to good use and allow the compact hatchback to boast an impressively spacious cabin, as seen below:

Suzuki A:Wind interior

It remains to be seen whether or not the vibrant interior color scheme will make it into production, but let’s hope it does. There’s just enough flash in the Suzuki A:Wind to separate it from the competition, and ideally the small Japanese automaker will maintain that flare into production.

We don’t actually know much more about the Suzuki A:Wind Concept. We know that it will be environmentally friendly, featuring a 1.0 L engine paired with a conventional CVT. Not necessarily powerful, but simple and efficient.

Other features that Suzuki lists include, “crisp handling, ECO friendly, roomy cabin and quality materials”.

All in all, the Suzuki A:Wind Concept is certainly not the most exciting car we’ve seen in 2013. But, there’s no doubt that it will be a very important vehicle for Suzuki. Now that they’re out of the US, they really have three primary markets: Europe, Japan and developing Asia. The Suzuki A:Wind Concept will undoubtedly help them conquer those last two, and may or may not have a significant impact in Europe.

If they want it to do well in English-speaking countries, they really need to reconsider the name. Sticking with “Alto” is definitely preferable to going with “A Wind” — or as the British would say, is it just “A Wind” up?

Just in case you need something else to watch, here’s the official Thailand unveiling of the Suzuki A: when concept. Be warned – it’s a little cheesy: