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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 Prepares for International Comeback with 5 New Vehicles

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, June 15th, 2013

This year, Suzuki was the first Japanese car manufacturer to officially pull out of the US market. For many, this withdrawal was taken as the beginning of the end for the underdog automaker. But, Suzuki has different plans. In fact, if anything, their withdrawal from the US has only sparked further innovation.

Earlier this week, AutoExpress published a report (http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/suzuki/64463/suzuki-reveals-future-plans) saying that Suzuki intends to produce five brand-new cars over the next three years, with the first coming later this year. As you continue reading, you’ll get a brief overview of each new vehicle coming from Suzuki.

Car 1. Upgraded Five-Door Swift Sport

First up, Suzuki tells us to expect a new version of their popular Swift Sport hatchback, but this time with five doors and all-wheel-drive. This update will add two new versions of the Swift Sport – the basic model, which looks very similar to the current Suzuki Swift, and a second more stylized version that will apparently compete with the Fiat Panda 4×4.

Car 2. City Car Replacing the Splash & Alto

Next up, about halfway through 2014 you can expect a Swift-inspired replacement for the Suzuki Splash and Alto. This will be the type of car that typically does very well in developing markets, and as such it is to be manufactured in Thailand. This new city car will apparently offer incredible fuel-efficiency with a three-cylinder petrol engine that operates with the lowest CO2 emissions in class.

Car 3. Small SUV to Rival the Nissan Juke

This is probably the most exciting new car, but also the one that we know very little about. All we know is that this new SUV will rival the Nissan Juke and similar B-segment vehicles, and that it will basically be a shortened version of the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross.

Car 4. Production Version of G70 Concept

We first saw the Suzuki G70 Concept at the 2011 Tokyo motor show where it was badged as the REGINA Concept. This car has been in the works for a while, and it’s now very likely that it’ll finally see production sometime in 2015. One interesting development we know is that the G70 will likely borrow Fiat’s TwinAir turbocharged two-cylinder petrol engine.

Car 5. Swift-Inspired MPV

Last but not least, Suzuki tells us that they plan to unleash a new small MPV in early 2016 that is, once again, inspired by the Swift. Basically, Suzuki aims to offer an MPV with the same driving dynamics and style of the Swift, but with a bit more space for passengers.

I have to say, it’s very encouraging to hear Suzuki’s plans for the future. It’s good to know they’re not missing a beat after this US withdrawal… They’re clearly still in the driver’s seat, and it seems that we can rest assured that Suzuki is still here to stay.

Sources: The Truth About Cars, Auto Express


The German-Exclusive Suzuki Swift X-TRA

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

For Suzuki, 2013 is going to be a year of rest, recuperation, wound-licking, and brand realignment. After the Japanese car maker finally cut ties to the American market late in 2012, the plan this year is to offer their leaner and meaner markets a series of upgrades, but not innovations, on their current model line. This will allow them to zoom in on what customers really like and what they don’t. However, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing special on the docket.

To reward their still-loyal customers in Germany, Suzuki is releasing a brand new, special edition version of their best-selling subcompact, the Suzuki Swift X-TRA:

Suzuki Swift Xtra 2013

Why Pick the Swift?

Frankly, because the Suzuki Swift has been a smash hit across Europe since the current model was released in 2010.

There are several reasons that the subcompact sedan / hot hatch has seen such success: It has pluck, a natural aerodynamic design, great visibility, it’s very lightweight, and the inevitable whine of the 1.2L engine is actually quite soothing from behind the wheel. Even though the car only offers 94 hp, you’ll still feel like you’re going fast and the maneuverability is generally excellent. When you include the fact that the Swift Sport starts well under 14,000 EUR and has several features you’d only expect to see in a 20,000 EUR car of its class, the vehicle’s popularity becomes much more understandable.

Of course, the special edition Suzuki Swift X-TRA will not be based on the three-door Swift Sport, but on the five-door Swift Club. But don’t worry, despite the extra weight the Swift X-TRA still manages to only burn through 5L of fuel per 100km. For our non-metric readers, that equates to about 47 miles per gallon according to US standards, and 56.5 miles per gallon according to UK standards. The special edition vehicle achieves such excellent fuel economy thanks to, again, it’s light weight and efficient 1.2L petrol engine.

The Suzuki Swift X-TRA also gets a sleek set of 16 inch alloy wheels and a suite of sweet new features. Your special edition Suzuki Swift will come with:

* Roof Spoiler
* Tinted Windows
* Pollen Filtered Air Conditioning Unit
* MP3/CD Stereo with Steering Wheel Controls and a USB Port

But wait, you haven’t even heard the best part…

I suggest you take a moment to grab a firm hold of your jaw because the limited edition Swift X-TRA comes in a rich new metallic paint job – “Bison Brown Metallic”! Apparently, Suzuki’s market research revealed that Germany’s favorite color is brown, and although I wouldn’t personally agree, I do have to admit that the new color-scheme looks very well executed. Not sure about the “Bison” part though … sounds like a load of bull!

All in all, I suspect that Suzuki won’t be losing many customers in Germany during 2013. If you find the special edition Suzuki Swift X-TRA appealing and you’d like to figure out how to buy your own, you’ll be interested to know that the basic package starts at 14,290 EUR, which converts to ~18,800 USD at the time of writing. Hurry – The X-TRA may become unavailable swiftly and without warning!

Of course, another place to satiate your Swift addiction would be the car auctions in Japan.

Source: Carscoop