Suzuki will once again drive us far ahead into the future at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Collectively known as the future of the compact sport utility truck, the e-Survivor Concept will be featuring a two-seat open cockpit with hints of Jimny and Vitara’s styling cues. While the truck-like ladder body frame is quite similar to a Jeep Wrangler at first impression, the e-Survivor also has some very unique designs by incorporating glowing wheels and clear view side doors into the concept.
The images released ahead of the premiere show us what appears to be an off-road capable SUV with highly sufficient ground clearance and wheels that extend more than the actual width of the vehicle. Think of the old X-90 and Samurai if there are no other ways to describe it. Sitting on a small wheelbase of 2300mm, it is said to come with measurements of 3460mm long, 1645mm wide and 1655 tall. There isn’t a lot to say yet except it does have an integrated electric propulsion and all-wheel drive system with individual hub motors on each wheel. It is likely to employ lightweight materials and show some excellent approach and departure angles.
Since Suzuki’s latest off-road concept should also have the most futuristic cabin design, the e-Survivor is equipped with a full-width digital display that sits just below the windshield. If you think that’s enough, there is one more at the dashboard facing the passenger side, another one at the steering wheel and a couple more could be found between the seats along the center. Both the entertainment and navigation system use a spherical display which is located on top of the center console. The built-in climate control vents instead are mounted on the seats. All said, the specs of the battery and power output up to now remain a mystery.
To those unfamiliar, the Japanese automaker has stopped selling their vehicles in the US since 2012 after the Grand Vitara (Escudo in some markets) was hit hard by the latest SUVs coming from Korean brands and some other Japanese brands that entered the realm. Suzuki’s Kizashi midsize sedan suffered the same fate and was soon taken over by the increasing compact economy cars that were launched to the US market.
Moving on, Suzuki will be gracing the Tokyo Auto Show this October and will be bringing a host of new concepts for the future. Make sure to watch out for the Xbee trio, the Spacia concept as well as the exciting Carry Open-Air Market food truck premiere. With the new e-Survivor breaking cover at the event, in addition to the company’s impending 100 years’ celebration in 2020, we can only be too grateful that Suzuki has remained faithful to its 4x4 roots after all these years.