Debuting at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show alongside the iM-4 crossover, the Suzuki iK-2 is apparently previewing a more upscale brother to the Swift. Unlike the iM-4, which gives a foretaste of a mini crossover that could become a successor to the Suzuki Jimny, the iK-2 is aimed at a more crowded segment that is currently being led by the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta in Europe. Sure, the Swift is already somewhat competing against those, but the production version of the iK-2 would be slightly larger and a bit more upmarket in both features and pricing.

Most reports are already suggesting that the concept is almost production-ready, with the European version to be built in Hungary, while the Asian version would be sold under the Maruti brand in India. Countries like Japan, Thailand and Malaysia would also get similar versions.

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Suzuki describes the iK-2 as "an ideal compact sized car, developed with an innovative theme of ’Harmonised Force,’" adding that the "new model raises compact car values to the limit." Putting that in context with the official images, it may sound like hot air, although the iK-2 does feature a slightly different design language than on the top-selling Swift. The five-door hatchback sports muscular fenders almost like on a crossover, a pronounced waistline and a roof spoiler on the sloping hatch.

The front end is dominated by a wide bumper grille and a pair of LED headlights cut by two character lines from each side of the engine grille. Just like on the Suzuki Swift, the A-pillars are blacked out, albeit the "floating roof" appearance is less distinctive on the iK-2 courtesy of that design motif. For some reason, the door handles look oversized and occupy a good deal of real estate on the otherwise smallish doors, while the rear end doesn’t look all that special compared to the rest of the car.

Exterior Dimensions

Overall length 4,023 MM (158.38 Inches)
Overall width 1,920 MM (75.59 Inches)
Overall height 1,450 MM (57.08 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,520 MM (99.21 Inches)


Suzuki didn’t release any interior photos of the iK-2, but a near-production center console and design details are to be expected. Thanks to the slightly larger dimensions, the production version is likely to offer better legroom and headroom than the Swift, while interior materials could be more upscale as well.


Sporting the Boosterjet moniker, the iK-2’s turbocharged, 1.0-liter engine has been newly developed by Suzuki for use in both the production version of the model and in other future cars as well. The carmaker doesn’t specify if it’s a three-cylinder or a four-cylinder, but I suspect it is based on the 1.2-liter four-cylinder found in the Swift, sporting reduced displacement and boosted with a turbocharger. There are no official numbers regarding the powerplant’s output, but around 100 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque aren’t entirely out of the question.

According to Suzuki, the iK-2 is based on a new-generation platform that has been substantially redesigned and optimized to deliver improved fuel economy and better safety and handling. The Japanese carmaker also says that its current four platforms will become three, along with more modular parts to be shared across the lineup, including the future production version of the iK-2 Concept.


It’s way too early to talk about prices, but given this new small hatch will compete against the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta in Europe, I expect it to retail from around €11,000, which converts to $12,300 as of 03/03/2015. Since Suzuki no longers operates in the U.S. as a carmaker, don’t expect whatever comes from the iK-2 Concept to cross the pond into North America.


Volkswagen Polo

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The Volkswagen Polo is currently one of the best-selling superminis in Europe, and the car to beat in the segment. The German hatch is available with a variety of gasoline and diesel engines, starting with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder that generates 59 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque. At the other end of the lineup is a 1.4-liter TSI that delivers 148 ponies. A 1.4-liter TDI diesel with 89 horses and 170 pound-feet is for those looking for higher mileage, while sportier drivers are met by the Polo GTI, which is powered by a turbocharged, 1.8-liter with 189 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

The Polo also benefits from the brand’s latest convenience and safety features, which also makes it more expensive than most of its competitors. The supermini starts from €12,600 ($14,100 as of 03/03/2015) and goes up to €22,275 ($24,950) in GTI trim on the German market.

Ford Fiesta

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The Fiesta is the other hot-selling supermini in Europe. Five engines are available in most markets, including the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost, and the 1.5-liter TDCi diesel. Outputs range from the 79 horsepower of the 1.0-liter three-pot to the 123 horses of turbocharged, EcoBoost mill. The 1.6-liter four-banger churns out 104 horsepower, while the 1.5-liter diesel is rated at only 74 horsepower. More oomph comes from the 1.6-liter TDCi diesel, which generates 94 horses and a class-leading equivalent of 71 mpg. The Fiesta ST is powered by a turbocharged, 1.6-liter with 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque.

Available in numerous trim levels, the Fiesta retails from €10.950 ($12,260 as of 03/03/2015) in Germany, but the sticker jumps beyond €20,540 (about $23,00) when the range-topping Fiesta ST is selected. The Fiesta is the only vehicle of the pack that’s also available in the U.S., where it retails from $13,965.


Struggling to gain more market share for quite a few years now, especially in Europe, Suzuki is in desperate need of new vehicles to enter previously unexplored segments. The iK-2 Concept likely previews such a model, but I doubt Suzuki will make a significant impact in a segment dominated by Volkswagen and Ford. In Asian countries it may be the exact opposite, especially in emerging markets like India, where Suzuki is present with the Maruti brand and the production version of the iK-2 may do well.

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Press Release

Making its global debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show, Suzuki Motor Corporationreveals its new compact hatchback concept car, the iK-2. The iK-2, the smartest compact car, offers all the elements expected in a car of this size. Suzuki is well known as the compact car expert, having built up unrivalled know-how in developing compact cars from the Suzulight in the 1950s and the Alto in the 1970s, to our latest model line-up. In the iK-2 Suzuki takes the ideal of the compact car to a new level. The Liquid Flow design expresses the energetic movement of liquid, giving the car a classy, elegant, yet dynamic look. The model is built around a new-generation platform and comes equipped with the BOOSTERJET engine, a new direct-injection turbo petrol unit. By adding the production model based on this concept car to the line-up, Suzuki will give drivers a much greater value of a compact car in which Suzuki excels. The production model will also be available with SHVS mild hybrid system and is to be released in Europe in early 2016.

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The iK-2 is inspired by the concept of “Harmonised Force.” Harmonisation of optimised packaging by the compact car expertise, pleasant driving experience by the latest technology, and a flowing exterior design that beautifully wraps those shapes an ideal compact car. It delivers a dynamic, efficient driving performance thanks to its new-generation platform and BOOSTERJET engine. The exterior design, featuring sweeping curves all over that blend smoothly into the whole, exudes style and elegance. This is the smartest compact car packed with utmost compact car value, impressively meeting the conflicting requirements of a compact: design, utility, comfort, manoeuvrability, driving performance, fuel efficiency.

Design features

The “Liquid Flow”, suggestive of the dynamism of an energetic movement of liquid with its low, wide silhouette, is inspired by three keywords: “harmony,” “elegance,” and “energy wave.” Instead of straight, mechanical lines, the body sports flowing curves throughout the body which perfectly create a harmony, conveying classy elegance.

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Expressive character lines that begin at the front and sweep toward the rear create attractive highlights.
A series of chrome accents on the front grille and headlamps flow into the character lines on the side of the body, increasing the harmony of the whole car.
An elegant, sporty profile: a cabin with sleek glass area mounted on a low, wide, flaring body.
A bold, avant-garde front fascia with a wide bumper grille and distinctive LED headlamps.
Muscular fenders confidently absorbing the flow of energy from the body, paired with a mechanical wheel design.
Sloping rear window to channel the flow of energy forward.
Lightning Silver body colour emphasises the shadows of the body with its curving lines and amplify its elegance and energy.

New environmental technologies

New-generation platform

Suzuki’s new-generation platform is designed to efficiently increase rigidity while reducing weight via a fundamental redesign of the underbody’s structure and also optimising overall vehicle design, including parts mounted on the underbody. This improves fuel efficiency, safety, handling, stability, and NVH performance across the board. Moreover, Suzuki will streamline development by consolidating its existing four platforms to three and modularizing functional components. This will enable bringing out new cars in a more efficient way that can be tailored to fast-changing market demand.

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The new BOOSTERJET 1.0 litre direct-injection turbo engine

The Boosterjet 1.0 litre direct-injection turbo engine newly developed by Suzuki saves fuel while delivering driving pleasure. Fuel efficiency has been improved by reducing engine displacement, and output and torque are boosted with a turbocharger. In addition to fulfilling fuel efficiency and dynamic performance expectations, the layout has been optimised and various technologies used to reduce weight in order to meet the rigorous size and weight requirements specific to compact cars.

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