2014 Suzuki iV-4

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We have known for quite some time now that Suzuki plans to expand its lineup with a new crossover model that will take on the Nissan Juke and other compact crossovers . Few details are known on this new model, but the company unveiled a new iV-4 concept car at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show that will preview Suzuki’s new SUV lineup.

The new iV-4 concept will be developed around a new theme called "Grab your field" and it will will retain the clam-shell bonnet and five-bar front grille that have become a hallmark of its SUVs.

As for the concept’s name, "i" stands for "individuality", "V" for "vehicle", and "4" for "4 wheel-drive" as it features Suzuki’s next ALLGRIP four-wheel drive system.

Updated 09/10/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

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Click past the jump to read more about the Suzuki iV-4 competitors.

Exterior

Suzuki iV-4

The new iV-4 concept features a distinctive Suzuki design language with a five-slotted grille and a clamshell hood. New features specially designed for the concept are the fog light with built-in laser sensor on the roof, and the illuminated grille.

The concept displayed in Frankfurt is painted in a very cool Brilliant Turquoise Metallic - a color inspired by the sky reflected in a skyscraper.

Dimensions:

Overall length4,215 mm (165.94 inches)
Overall width1,850 mm (72.83 inches)
Overall height1,665 mm (65.55 inches)
Wheelbase2,500 mm (98.42 inches)

Interior

Suzuki iV-4

Suzuki offered no details on the interior featured in the iV-4 concept, but we expect it to be a little bit more futuristic that the one to be offered in the production version. There should be lots of leather and all the latest technology feature offered by Suzuki.

Drivetrain

Suzuki iV-4

No details also on the engine found under the hood, but for the production version we expect to see the same engine lineup featured in all the Suzuki models, with the top version getting a 2.0 liter four-cylinder with an output of about 150 horsepower.

The production version will also be offered with the ALLGRIP four-wheel drive system - "the next generation of 4WD technology, in order to deliver the powerful drive the user expect of an SUV."

When can I drive one?

Suzuki announced that the production model based on the iV-4 model will be produced at Magyar Suzuki starting 2015.

Competitors

2013 Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke

The Nissan Juke was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and, despite its crazy exterior look, it became a very successful crossover.

The Juke comes with a choice of three engines: one diesel and two 1.6-liter gas-burning units. The most powerful is the new turbocharged MR16DDT, which features direct injection to deliver a total of 190 horsepower, while the naturally aspirated unit delivers a total of 117 horsepower. There is also a diesel unit that delivers a total of 110 horsepower.

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan

The production version Tiguan was unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and received its first update for the 2011 model year. The model is one of the most successful compact SUVs on the market with more than 700,000 units sold, as of 2011.

Depending on the market, the Tiguan can be ordered with a choice of seven engines: four petrol and three diesel with power ranging from 110 to 200 horsepower.

Conclusion

Suzuki delivers quite successful model on the crossover segment - take the Jimny for example that sales very well for over 15 years. We are pretty sure that the production version iV-4 will enjoy at least the same success, because it appears that the company found a solution to put its German competitors into trouble. Take a look at the Kizashi sedan that became one of the best sold models in its segment in just a few years after its official launch.

LOVE IT
  • Looks quite futuristic
  • The exterior blue fits it perfectly
  • 4WD system
LEAVE IT
  • No details on the engine
  • No details on the interior

Press Release

Suzuki iV-4

Suzuki is pleased to announce that the world premiere of its new compact SUV concept model, the iV-4, will take place at the 65th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013.

Since launching the LJ series in 1970, Suzuki has expanded its SUV line-up with the Vitara in 1988, Jimny in 1998, and Grand Vitara in 2005. As a compact SUV pioneer, Suzukiintroducesthe iV-4, a concept model that embodies a new automotive idea: the personal compact SUV.

Development concept

Suzuki iV-4

Under the "Grab your field" concept, iV-4 is heir to Suzuki’s DNA in sports utility vehicles (SUV). It’s set apart by its powerful exterior design, which taps into the tradition of Suzuki’s compact SUVs. And it’s every bit as tough and rugged as an SUV should be, truly empowering its user to "Grab your field". This concept model is designed to be personalised, so that customers can turn it into a car which is just right for them and their lifestyle. “i” stands for “individuality”, “V” for “vehicle”, and “4” for “4 wheel-drive”.

Design features

Suzuki iV-4

Faithful to Suzuki’s traditional SUV design – straight, sleek lines, clamshell hood, five-slotted front grille – yet with a futuristic feel imparted by touches such as the distinctive kicked-up character lines on the sides, the fog light with built-in laser sensor on the roof, and the illuminated grille.
Large-diameter tyres and wheel design give a foretaste of the powerful road performance of an SUV.
Can be personalised through customers’ individual choice of exterior parts, colour, texture, etc.
The specially created exterior colour is Brilliant Turquoise Metallic, evocative of the sky reflected in a skyscraper. It makes a striking impression with its intense gleam and brightness.

Plans for production model

Suzuki iV-4

The production model based on the iV-4 aims to be an SUV for the present day: light in weight and boasting among the lowest CO2 emissions in its class. And besides being eco-friendly, the four-wheel drive model will come equipped with ALLGRIP, the next generation of 4WD technology, in order to deliver the powerful drive the user expect of an SUV. It will thus offer a combination of design and off-road performance that goes beyond a typical city SUV.

Suzuki will start launching the production model, based on this iV-4 concept model, at Magyar Suzuki in 2015 and will be releasing it in Europe.

Suzuki history on the SUV market

Suzuki iV-4

Suzuki is the pioneer of the compact SUV. Since launchingthe LJ in 1970 and the SJ series in the 1980s, the company has put a great deal of effort into developing off-road models such as Vitara, Jimny and Grand Vitara.

Back in 1970, the off-road market was dominated by vehicles with huge engines, but Suzuki challenged them with a mini carthat delivered the ultimate in off-road performance by combining a high reduction ratio with a lightweight body weighing in at just 600 kilograms. With the launch of the SJ series, which with its elegant straight lines heralded the arrival of the stylish-looking four-wheel drive model, Suzuki also succeeded in winning over female drivers.

In 1988 the Vitara was launched, combining a sturdy ladder frame with a classy-looking European-style body characterised by straight lines. It offered good handling thanks to its elegantly simple suspension with MacPherson struts for the front axle and a centre wishbone for the rear axle.

Then, in 1998, a complete overhaul was made of the LJ and SJ series to create a more modern look and the Jimny was subsequently launched. It was a truly revolutionary model, featuring a longer wheelbase and redesigned ladder frame with air locking wheel hubs installed for the first time.

The Jimny continues to sell well 15 years later, thanks to its many devoted fans ranging from female city dwellers to hunting aficionados.

The Vitara, for its part, was reincarnated as the Grand Vitara, the harbinger of the coming crossover era, which offered great on-road performance without sacrificing off-road capability.

Suzuki iV-4

In 2005 the Grand Vitara underwent a full model change. The performance of the suspension was maximised by using a built-in ladder frame and both on and off-road capabilities were enhanced further. In addition, a four wheel drive system with four modes was adopted from this model.

Suzuki’s SUV expertise, developed through long years of tradition in the sector has been harnessed in our crossover models as well. It has ensured the success of the SX4 and is evident everywhere in the new SX4 S-Cross, which is about to go on sale.

When the production model based on the iV-4 is launched in the future, Suzuki will be introducing completely new possibilities into the SUV segment.


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