Back in September, at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Suzuki introduced the iV-4 Concept, a vehicle that previewed a Japanese rival for the Renault Captur and the Nissan Juke. Today, speaking to our source that works at Suzuki, we found out that the production version of the Suzuki iV-4 Concept will make its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, in October.
The new crossover will arrive with plenty of design elements seen on the iV-4 Concept such as the front grille that will be the new identity of the upcoming Suzuki models.
The new model is expected to use the same engines used by the SX4 S-Cross, which means 1.6-liter petrol and diesel powerplants. iV-4 Concept was equipped with the next-generation 4WD technology called ALLGRIP that merges both style and off-road performance.
Suzuki will build the new model derived from the iV-4 Concept at its Hungary plant. Unfortunely, there are little details available but as soon as we will find out something we will let you know!
The final production model derived from the Suzuki iV-4 Concept will be a modern SUV that isn't just lightweight but also emits lowest levels of carbon dioxide in its class. Aside from these attributes, the production model will also feature next generation of 4WD technology – ALLGRIP – to deliver the kind of dynamics that SUV customers expect. Thus, the iV-4 final production model will offer a harmonious fusion design and off-road performance.
Suzuki will commence production of the final version derived from the iV-4 concept model at Magyar Suzuki in 2015, with a planned release in Europe.
Suzuki is considered as the pioneer of the compact SUV after introducing the Suzuki LJ in 1970 (first generation) and the SJ series in the 1980s (second generation). These compact SUVs became the seeds that soon grew into newer off-road-capable models from Suzuki like the Vitara, Jimny and Grand Vitara. Vehicles powered by large engines were the normal staple of the off-road market in 1970.
Nonetheless, Suzuki challenged the norms by offering a mini car that delivered a high level of off-road performance by combining a lightweight body (600 kg) and a high reduction ratio. The SJ series marked the arrival of a stylish four-wheel drive compact SUV, allowing Suzuki to attract female customers.