After a rather barren period that left Japan’s small car specialist Suzuki without any notable novelties for the European market, the automaker seems ready to return in force.
Suzuki has officially unveiled in front of the audience of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show two fresh concepts, the iM-4 and iK-2. We’ll treat them separately so we should start off with the former. The iM-4 concept shows the carmaker’s take on a very hot segment of the market – that of subcompact SUV/crossovers – and it features a decisively minimalist styling and a ride height that would make it not only suitable to charge up the steepest and roughest terrains, but also succeed with noblesse the legendary Jimny. The front end receives a “sunglass” treatment for the radiator grille that links up with the LED headlights and in the interest of sportiness the A and B pillars have been blacked out. The clamshell hood and rear end styling bring back memories of fond classic Suzuki models such as the Fronte Coupe and first Crevo.
The paint job is called “Innocent White” and the model also has 18-inch alloys with 215/45 R18 tires and an all-wheel drive system that is coupled to a mild hybrid system. The powertrain consists of a 1.2-liter DUALJET engine, an integrated starter generator and a lithium-ion battery pack, complete with regenerative braking system that should lift fuel efficiency. The car’s exterior dimensions are as follows: 3693 mm in length, 1709 mm in width, 1566 mm in height and a 2438 mm wheelbase.