2013 IAA: Suzuki unveils iV-4 personalized SUV concept in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Article by Anita Panait, on September 12, 2013

Suzuki’s new compact sports utility vehicle concept iV-4 is had its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Suzuki has been a pioneer in the compact SUV class, with the launch of the LJ series in 1970, the Vitara in 1988, Jimny in 1998 and Grand Vitara in 2005. This time at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Suzuki’s iV-4 concept model previews a personal compact SUV, developed under the "Grab your field" concept.

Featuring a dynamic exterior styling, the Suzuki iV-4 boasts of being rugged and tough like how a typical SUV should be, allowing customers to "Grab your field."

The iV-4 concept model is built to allow customers to personalize their units to suit their own taste and lifestyle, as represented by its name -- “i” stands for “individuality”, “V” for “vehicle”, and “4” for “4 wheel-drive”.

The concept stays faithful to the carmaker’s traditional SUV design as it features straight, sleek lines, clamshell hood, five-slotted front grille.

The concept, however, dons a futuristic look thanks to distinctive character lines on the sides, the fog light with built-in laser sensor on the roof, and the illuminated grille. Dynamic styling includes large-diameter tires and wheels.

Customers could choose from a number of exterior parts, color as well as texture options to create an SUV of their own. A customer could opt for the Brilliant Turquoise Metallic, which evokes the sky reflected in a skyscraper.

The iV-4 has dimensions of 4,215 mm in length, 1,850 mm in width, 1,665 mm in height and 2,500 mm wheelbase. Tire size is 235/55R20. The production version of the iV-4 is expected to be a lightweight SUV that boasts of having the lowest carbon dioxide emissions in its class.

The iV-4 will be equipped with the next generation of 4WD technology – ALLGRIP – to deliver the usual expectations for an SUV. This allows the iV-4 to merge both style and off-road performance that exceeds what a typical city SUV could offer. The Japanese carmaker will launch the production version at Magyar Suzuki in 2015. It’s due to roll out in Europe. [source: Suzuki]

Press Release

Suzuki iV-4 Concept

Suzuki staged the world premiere of its new compact SUV concept model, the iV-4, at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.

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

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

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

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 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.

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.


Overall length:4,215 mm
Overall width:1,850 mm
Overall height:1,665 mm
Wheelbase:2,500 mm
Tyre size:235/55R20

Topics: suzuki, concept, iaa

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