Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Meet Suzuki's Crossover Concepts from the Tokyo Motor Show

Suzuki’s concept vehicles at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show are based on the company’s slogan of “Small Cars for a Big Future” and point the way for Suzuki’s future, both in terms of design and actual products.

Judging from the fact that all concepts are crossovers, Suzuki may bring many production vehicles of this type in the future.

The Crosshiker (cherry red colored) is a compact, three-door crossover that is an evolution of the 2011 Suzuki Regina study. It weighs 810kg (1,786lbs) and is powered by a newly developed 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine.

The X-Lander (white-colored model) is a four-wheel drive hybrid vehicle that Suzuki says is aimed for use in the city but can handle occasional off-road escapades as well. Based on the Jimny 4x4, the X-Lander is powered by a 1.3-liter gasoline engine mated to a newly developed automatically controlled manual transmission and an electric motor. The compact lightweight hybrid system is built onto a 4WD system.

The two-tone orange-and-white painted Hustler is a tall city car that combines styling touches from crossovers, like the dark grey cladding on the bumpers and wheel arches, with a roomy interior. The study is aimed at people who love the nature, the outdoors and sports.

Derived from the Hustler, the Hustler Coupe (red and white) is actually a five-door vehicle featuring hidden rear door handles and an inclined roofline.

Finally, the iV-4 concept (teal colored model) is a compact SUV that premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and is now debuting in Japan as well.

Suzuki’s booth also includes production models like the Solio, Swift and Swift Sport compact cars, as well as Wagon R, Wagon R Stingray, MR Wagon Wit and Spacia minicars.

There’s also the ET4D Concept, an electro senior vehicle equipped with driver-assist functions for more ease of use, convenience, and safety. 

By Dan Mihalascu



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