The wait for Suzuki’s much talked about SUV is finally over after they announced the Suzuki iV-4 Concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The central development theme followed by the concept is ‘Grab Your Field’, which inclines towards the fact that the SUV will have the ability to be tackle harsh terrain.
The Suzuki iV-4 also follows a new and refreshing idea: a personal compact SUV that suggests that the amount of individualization that customer can go for in this concept.
The name iV-4 is not just a mere name but a name where ‘i’ stands for – ‘individuality’, ‘V’ stands for – ‘vehicle’ and ‘4’ means – ‘4 wheel drive’. The production version of the SUV is expected to arrive late 2014 or early 2015 and it will compete with rivals like the Nissan Juke and the Volkswagen Taigun in the global market. It is also expected to hit the Indian roads in 2015, facing competition from the Ford Ecosport and Renault Duster.
India has witnessed a positive growth in the utility vehicles segment, over the years. Maruti never really gave a solid answer to other brands, after the Grand Vitara failed miserably in the market. It is hoped that with the iV-4 concept, Maruti will storm the SUV market in India. But, for now, here is an exclusive design study of the Suzuki iV-4.
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After launching the LJ series in 1970, Vitara in 1988, the Jimny in 1998 and the Grand Vitara in 2005, Suzuki is at it again with the new iV-4 Concept, that showcases the future of SUVs from Suzuki’s stables. It carries the DNA of Suzuki’s sport utility vehicles and shows off an exterior design which is unique. There is an array of resemblance with theMaruti Suzuki XA-Alpha concept, unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo in India but in terms of size, the former is quite bigger. The design of the car carries the theme of ‘Grab Your Field’, which itself signifies that this SUV would have a rugged appeal.
Suzuki has not disappointed the auto-enthusiasts at least not in terms of looks. The design of this concept carries a blend of futuristic appeal (like most concepts), with a clamshell bonnet (like that of a Land Rover) and a dominating front grille that is divided into five slots. The design does give the user certain confidence to go off-road. The headlamp clusters are polygonal in shape, the lower bumper looks unique and the fog lamps are rectangular. Moving towards the side of the car, one may notice the distinctive character lines that embody the concept. At the rear, the car is neat without any overdo and thus looks elegant. The tail lamps are, again, unique shaped – more like that of a diamond and the dual exhaust pipes are chrome finished square shaped. The design features of the SUV can also be personalized by the customer with an array of exterior parts, color, texture, to choose from. The color presented in the picture is named Brilliant Turquoise Metallic, which is inspired from the sky reflected from a skyscraper.
With an aim to provide an all round off-roader experience, Suzuki is planning to implement their next generation 4WD technology, known as the ALLGRIP, for the production version. With this much information it seems the Suzuki iV-4 will have a strong capability of tackling terrains than most SUVs made for city roads.
After much hype, speculations and imaginary talks, here stands the Suzuki iV-4 Concept. The company plans to start the launch of the production model, based on this iV-4 concept model, at Magyar Suzuki in 2015 and will be releasing it in Europe at first. The company has not yet revealed any information about the interior or the engine so all we can do is wait for its production version to be announced. Will it be arriving India? The answer is still unknown.
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Maruti tried to enter the markets of compact crossover segment with their product S-Cross which was a crossover based on the SX4 but things did not go exactly as planned. Now Maruti Suzuki wants to take another shot in this particular segment and this time with a proper compact SUV, what is even more exciting is also the fact that the auto manufacturer has also unveiled the nameplate of their upcoming vehicle as well.
The much awaited upcoming compact SUV will be called Vitara Brezza, the word Brezza means “fresh breeze” in Italian. Just like the nameplate the Vitara Bezza promises to bring with it fresh new styling along which will definitely appeal to the Urban SUV consumers. Maruti Suzuki has also released a sketch of this upcoming vehicle’s side profile and said that the stylish compact SUV looks energetic and dynamic. The designers had worked to give this compact vehicle all the touches of a SUV profile while at the same time also made sure that it had all the ability and dynamism of an urban vehicle.
The initial drawings surely do not reveal much but the Vitara Brezza looks promising and will compete directly with the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster. Under the hood the compact SUV will get both petrol and diesel engines as well and perhaps a more powerful variant will be introduced at a later stage. The new compact SUV will be showcased at the upcoming 2016 Auto expo and it will be launched within couple of weeks after the Expo.
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