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The Suzuki Jimny Survive Is Japan’s take on the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
The new Suzuki Jimny may be boxier than its predecessor, but it’s definitely a cute looking SUV. This doesn’t mean that it’s not ready for the great outdoors and Suzuki just created a hardcore concept version to prove just that. Called Jimny Survive, it turns the cute, keicar-like Jimny into a mini Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
Suzuki Should Build this Jimny Sierra Pickup and Sell it to the Masses
It looks like Suzuki hit a jackpot with the Jimny. It has garnered a lot of attention, thanks to its small yet rugged off-roader status. Just when we thought we had seen it all and the excitement was slowly sinking in, Suzuki decided to play with the Jimny a little more, and the result is simply fantastic.
Minivans are not often thought of as being particularly cool. The result has been a decline in sales as the many image-conscious parents out there flock to crossovers instead. As a result, minivan concept vehicles are often completely bonkers, as carmakers clearly hope that going so far in the other direction will inspire buyers to reconsider the segment. It never really seems to work but it’s hugely entertaining to watch, and the new Air Triser concept from Suzuki exemplifies everything that makes wacky minivan concepts so great.
The concept is being unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, as a part of the “Suzuki Next 100” theme for the carmaker’s booth. Since Suzuki’s 100th anniversary is coming up in 2020, it is using this opportunity to show off a bit of what is said to make up the lineup for the outset of the next 100 years. The concepts are therefore wild and futuristic, although they are simultaneously retro in their design. This is seen especially in the front fascia of the Air Triser. But unlike the Mighty Deck concept, which is clearly just an updated version of the Mighty Boy kei car, the Air Triser isn’t made to look like anything specific from Suzuki’s past.
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The Tokyo Motor Show is one of the more entertaining in the automotive world. The show concentrates primarily on the Japanese domestic market, so although the cars shown there might not be especially relevant to the rest of the world, they are a great way to see something different from the kinds of concepts that we’ll be seeing, say, at the Detroit Auto Show. We also get to see some cars from manufacturers that sell cars in North America, of which Suzuki is now one. The carmaker will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, and it brought a handful of concepts to the Tokyo show what is planned for the next 100 years.
One of these is the Mighty Deck concept, a utilitarian supermini named for its useful, if quite small, rear deck. The name and design of the car are heavily influenced by the old Suzuki Mighty Boy, a hilariously named kei car built from 1983 to 1988. The design was updated, and a substantial amount of wood was added inside and out, but it is obvious where the idea came from. The Mighty Boy was never a huge success, hence the short production life, but there was a charm to it, and in turn to the new Mighty Deck.
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Discontinued in 2008 after only eight years in production, the Suzuki Ignis is about to make as a more modern mini SUV. Previewed by the IM-4 concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the production model will make its official debut at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show in October. Although Suzuki released a handful of photos of the new crossover, official details are still in the vault. However, the Japanese have already prepared a new concept car based on the Ignis, which will also be showcased in Tokyo in less than a month.
Dubbed Ignis Trail, the concept "expands upon the Ignis concept of urban and outdoor versatility by offering even greater rough-road ruggedness." In other words, it’s a more off-road capable version of the Ignis that, if put into production, will allow drivers to tackle more than just the potholes of crowded city streets.
Suzuki didn’t say whether it plans to put the Ignis Trail in production, but if it does, it might have what it takes to give the Jeep Renegade a run for its money. We should find out more at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show so make sure you stick around for details. Meanwhile, check out my speculative review below.
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With the Suzuki Jimny being a bit long in the tooth and the crossover and SUV market booming in recent years, the Japanese carmaker decided to bring a funky-looking supermini crossover to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Called iM-4, the concept was shown alongside the iK-2 supermini, both featuring a new Suzuki platform.
Unlike the lionhearted Jimny, whose current generation is heading toward its 20th birthday in 2018, the iM-4 Concept is a lot less rugged- and more urban-looking, not to mention that it features five doors instead of just three. With a "love it or hate it" exterior design that harks back to Kei cars like the Suzuki Fronte Coupé and the first-generation Cervo, the model could make quite a splash in the segment if it gets produced with a similar look.
Updated 03/03/2015: Suzuki iM-4 concept car made its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It features a new-generation platform and a SHVS mild hybrid system.
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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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The 2013 SEMA Show bursting at the seams with wildly styled cars for the American market, and the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show seems to be doing the same for the Asian market. Suzuki seems to be the automaker leading the charge in wild concepts heading to Tokyo show.
The second concept car developed by Suzuki for the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is the Crosshiker. This concept carries on where the G70 — a concept unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show — left off. Just like the G70, the new Crosshiker is a concept vehicle that focuses on weight reduction and highly-efficient powertrains.
The new Crosshiker, just like a large number of other Suzuki concepts hitting the show floor in Tokyo, is part of the company’s new "Let’s Create a Brand New Story" theme, and is based on the "Small Cars for a Big Future" slogan.
The Crosshiker is the perfect proof that Suzuki is serious about developing the small car of the future, as it is a compact crossover that weights only 810 kg (1,785 pounds). It also features a sleek body to allow air to flow easily over it, keeping drag to a minimum.
Under the hood of the Crosshiker sits an all-new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that would likely make a smart fortwo puff out its chest. This petite powerplant, according to Suzuki, "strikes a good balance between power and environmental performance."
Sure, it’ll never see a showroom floor, but it shows that Suzuki, which recently pulled its automobiles from the U.S. market, still has a little fight left in it.
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Here in the U.S., we are getting ready for the 2013 SEMA show and the Los Angeles Auto Show, on the opposite side of the world in Japan, folks are getting ready for the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, which takes place from November 23rd to December 1st, 2013.
It looks like Suzuki one automaker that is taking this show very seriously, as it will unveil four brand-new concept cars and several motorcycles. All of the concepts are part of the company’s new "“Let’s Create a Brand New Story" theme, and are based on the "Small Cars for a Big Future" slogan.
The first concept — called the X-Lander — is based on the small Suzuki Jimny, and it looks more like a toy rather than a real car. The concept was designed as a four-wheel-drive hybrid vehicle, so it is ideal for crowded cities or hard off-road driving.
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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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There’s not much going on with Suzuki cars these days. All that could change at the Shanghai Motor Show when the Japanese automaker that specializes more on small vehicles and motorcycles introduces the Authentics Concept.
The concept, which has been described as one embracing Suzuki’s new design philosophy of "Sporty x Elegant," sure does look like a concept that could bring Suzuki’s design language into the new millennia.
Not much was revealed apart from these two teasers, but the images do offer some distinctive qualities about the Authentics Concept, including what certainly looks to be a sedan concept with a low roof line, sweptback headlights, massive taillights, a dual-exhaust system and a pretty long wheelbase.
The Suzuki press release also says the car has a "strong character line, which gives a wind-cutting image along with a rich and fine curved surface." That’s a way of describing the Authentics Concept that’ll surely have a lot of people interested in seeing what the car looks like when it rolls out of the shadows at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month.
Suzuki has unveiled the new S-Cross Concept at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. This concept is a preview version of the company’s next-generation C-segment crossover model - the replacement for the current SX4 crossover - set to arrive on the market in 2013.
The production version of the S-Cross will be built with the company’s slogan - "Way of Life!" - in mind and will focus on delivering exceptionally low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. In fact, Suzuki has promised that it will be amongst the lowest CO2 emitting cars in the crossover C-segment.
The S-Cross concept features a specially created Crystal Green Metallic body color and not by accident. According to Suzuki, the image it evokes is one of "nature in the city and the city in nature" - yet another statement of the promised lowest CO2 emissions.
UPDATE 09/27/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the 2012 Suzuki S-Cross Concept.
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Until now Suzuki didn’t launch any hybrid on the market, but in the latest years has presented a few green concepts which prove us that they conduct serious researches on this type of technologies.
One of the most anticipated models is the Swift Hybrid, presented in its concept stage at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2009. After two years the concept was presented again to the public, but this time it came with a series of modifications, being closer to the production version.
Like its predecessor the 2011 concept was based on the conventionally powered Swift model, but it come with a few different elements which gave it a unique character.
Under the hood the 2011 Suzuki Swift EV Hybrid was equipped with the same 660 cc engine and the 54 kW motor found at its predecessor, but this time the hybrid system offered a higher range.
Apart from the reworked drive train, the entire exterior has been also modified. More changes were made inside were the car get a new color scheme and a futuristic instrument panel.
The latest “big thing” in automotive industry is represented by the green vehicles and every respectable manufacturer tries to develop new technologies.
Suzuki is also working hard to keep it up with today’s trends and for the moment the hybrid and electric technologies are its priority.
One of the latest concepts used to showcase the advances made with the green technologies is theSX4 Hybrid. The SX4 was a smart choice, as its one of the most popular models in Suzuki’s lineup. The standard model is seen with pretty good eyes by the public, being already one of the most efficient fuel powered cars in its class.
For the moment, Suzuki didn’t make any announcements about a possible production version of its concept. Though, an SX4 Hybrid would make a lot of sense and if it’s priced right it could prove to be another wining card for the company.
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Suzuki’s line-up of cars that will be displayed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show strongly suggests the direction these guys are planning to go: "Let’s do away with the high-performance and focus on future global compact cars!"
One of the models that’s scheduled to be in attendance is the Suzuki Regina Concept, a lightweight minicar that Suzuki is promoting as a future city-dweller. The Regina’s exterior design hints at the green initiative the company going for. The Lime Green paint finish is a pretty strong indication of that, as is the the overall shape of the car that makes it look like a turtle.
All joking aside, the set-up is pretty cool, especially the contrasting white roof that adds a touch of flavor to the car without being a little too flashy. Apparently, the Regina Concept also has small rear view cameras tucked into the rear and semi-covered rear wheels that are made possible by the odd crease lines on the body panels.
Inside, the Regina Concept also carries the same two-color finish of the exterior, which, when combined to the dark grey surfaces, adds a serene and earthy tone. There’s not much to go around inside, which might suggest a minimalistic approach from Suzuki. All you can really take from it is that it’s got a 2+2 seating configuration and a seemingly out-of-place steering wheel, a tilted center-mounted display that appears to be transparent, and pixelated patterns on the seats and floor mats.
More details about the Regina Concept will be revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show so be sure to be around when that happens in December!