Production Suzuki iM-4 mini SUV to have a different look – Report
Posted on: Mar 18, 2015 - 2:58pm IST
Likely to launch next year in Europe.
Suzuki debuted the iK-2 and iM-4 concepts at the Geneva Motor Show this month, promising that both models will make it to production. According to a report, the iM-4’s production version would launch in Europe next year, and would replace the veteran model Jimny, while Suzuki asked us to expect the iK-2 in showrooms next year.
Speaking to responsejp.com, Suzuki’s chief designer, Kazufumi Uchiyama, hinted that the production version of the iM-4 mini SUV will be a different design. With an overall length of 3,693 mm, the iM-4 is about 300 mm longer than the Hustler, a kei-car (small car) in the Japanese market. With this in mind, Uchiyama says that the positioning of the iM-4 based production car will be above the Hustler, but it won’t be classified as a kei-car.
Based on a new generation platform, the iM-4 concept was powered by a 1.2-liter DualJet engine but featured a mild hybrid technology, with 4WD. Suzuki refers to the iM-4 as SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki). The manufacturer also claimed better rigidity and lighter weight thanks to the new platform.
Suzuki’s Indian operations, Maruti Suzuki, is working on a different sub-4 meter SUV, codenamed ‘YBA’. The YBA will launch in India early next year to rival the Ford EcoSport.
Suzuki iM-4 – Image Gallery
[Source – ResponseJp]