2012 Paris Motor Show: Suzuki S-Cross Concept previews the new SX4

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 1, 2012

Suzuki has presented the S-Cross, a concept car that signals the arrival of the automaker’s next-generation C-segment crossover model, at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Suzuki will begin its programme of annual European model launches in 2013. This new crossover is the first to be released. Suzuki has built an image of building cars that make daily life more exciting.

These cars are indicative of a brand strategy that’s shown through its slogan “Way of Life!” Suzuki’s focus has been developing models like the Alto.

Suzuki is distinguished by small environmental footprints and low running costs due to incredibly low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Moving forward, Suzuki aims to launch models that surpass the environmental performance records set in the various segments.

The production model of the S-Cross concept will be one of the cars with the lowest CO2 emissions in the crossover C-segment.

Since the Jimny was launched in 1970 (as originally the LJ series), Suzuki has expanded its range of off-road vehicles to consist of models like the Vitara and Grand Vitara; boosting the company’s reputation as the pioneer of compact sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

In the meantime, Suzuki has gotten unparalleled expertise in the development of compact passenger cars. Starting from around 1985, Suzuki has been working to refine its performance technologies in the segment of motor sport.

In 2006, Suzuki brought together its advanced technologies in making the SX4 sport crossover. This model makes city driving relaxing and it also offers tremendous performance on snow and rough roads.

Suzuki has the SX4 to thank for forming the crossover category in Europe and driving its expansion. It has made Suzuki as the undisputed crossover pioneer.

Press Release

Suzuki S-Cross Concept

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Suzuki has unveiled the S-Cross Concept car, which heralds the company's next-generation C-segment crossover model. The new crossover will be the first in an ambitious programme of annual European model launches which Suzuki will be starting in 2013.

Suzuki's future model strategy

Suzuki has established a reputation for producing cars which make everyday life more exciting. These cars reflect a brand strategy which is expressed through the company's slogan "Way of Life!" Suzuki has always been focusing on creating models - such as the Alto - which are characterised by small environmental footprints and low running costs thanks to exceptionally low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Going forwards, the company plans to launch models which exceed the environmental performance ceiling in their segments at an even higher level. The production model of the Suzuki S-Cross concept will be amongst the lowest CO2 emitting cars in the crossover C-segment.

The crossover pioneer

Since launching the Jimny (originally the LJ series) in 1970, Suzuki has expanded its line-up of off-road vehicles to include models such as the Vitara and Grand Vitara; earning the company a reputation as the pioneer of compact sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Meanwhile, Suzuki has gained incomparable know-how in the development of compact passenger cars. Since the latter half of the 1980s, the company has been refining its performance technologies in the field of motor sport. In 2006, Suzuki united its advanced technologies in the form of the SX4 sport crossover - a vehicle which offers relaxing city driving and great performance on snow and rough roads. With the SX4 Suzuki created the crossover category in Europe and has driven its growth. Suzuki is the crossover pioneer.

Smart Crossover for more freedom in daily life

The new model heralded by the S-Cross will mark Suzuki's full-scale entry into the market for C-segment crossovers.

The new vehicle's features and functions will be designed primarily for comfort. It will also offer a high degree of practicality by providing one of the largest luggage areas in the crossover c-segment.

Suzuki is also ensuring that the new crossover inherits the on-road handling and performance excellence of the Swift series, the SX4 and the Kizashi. And Suzuki is adopting systems which represent an evolution in the four-wheel-drive performance that is part and parcel of its heritage.

The new model will offer drivability which encompasses gentle, fuel-saving driving, sportier driving, and even driving on snow. It will maximise the enjoyment of day-to-day tasks such as commuting or carrying children, as well as the pleasure of longer trips at weekends; in short, it will allow people to get the most out of urban lifestyles. It will perfectly embody Suzuki's vision of a smart crossover for more freedom in daily life.

The new crossover will join the Alto, Splash, Swift, SX4, Kizashi, Jimny and Grand Vitara in a line-up which already includes A-, B- and D-segment passenger cars and SUVs. Suzuki will continue to expand its range to meet a wider range of user needs.

The Suzuki S-Cross design

Emotion is expressed by dynamic lines running from the front bumper to the rear of the body, by chrome-plated features which extend deep into the body from LED fog lamps in the front bumper, and by LED headlamps and tail lamps with organic designs suggesting the muscles of an animal.

Quality is expressed by a mesh front grille consisting of dark chrome and silky chrome and by innovatively designed roof rails which are flush with the roof line when not in use.

Aerodynamics is expressed by a roofline which slopes downwards towards the rear and by smooth contours on the sides of the front bumper, at the bottom of the doors and on the sides of the rear bumper. The shape of the body helps the vehicle meet increasingly tough demands for fuel economy.

Crossover toughness is expressed by a front skid plate, by boldly flared wing arches and under mouldings, and by 20-inch chrome wheels.

Body colour

A specially created Crystal Green Metallic body colour has intensity and radiance which create a dynamic impression in the minds of onlookers. The image it evokes is one of "nature in the city and the city in nature".

Specifications

Overall length - 4,310 mm
Overall width - 1,840 mm
Overall height - 1,600 mm
Wheelbase - 2,600 mm
Tyres - 235/55R20

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