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.
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.
Suzuki is the worldwide leader of the compact SUV segment. Since revealing the LJ in 1970 and the SJ series in the 1980s, the organization has put a lot of energy into building off-road models like the Vitara, Jimny and Grand Vitara.
In 1970, the off-road market was ruled by cars with big engines, yet Suzuki put them to a test with a mini vehicle that offered the utmost in off-road performance by mixing a high reduction proportion with a lightweight body measuring at only 600 kilograms. With the inauguration of the SJ series, which with its exquisite straight lines proclaimed the coming of the classy looking four-wheel drive model, Suzuki likewise prevailed with regards to wooing the female drivers.
In 1988, the Vitara was released, fusing a durable ladder frame with a sophisticated European-style body marked by straight lines. It presented great handling thanks to its magnificently simple suspension with MacPherson struts for the front axle and a center wishbone for the rear axle.
At that point, in 1998, a total rebuild was made of the LJ and SJ series to make a far trendier appearance and the Jimny was accordingly released. It was indeed a ground-breaking model, accentuating an elongated wheelbase and renovated ladder frame with air locking wheel hubs integrated for the first time.
The Jimny continues to sell well even 15 years later; this is largely due to its many dedicated clients ranging from female city dwellers to devoted fans.
Vitara was reinvigorated as the Grand Vitara, the harbinger of the coming crossover period, which provided outstanding on-road performance without compromising off-road capability.