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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.

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: