Even though American Suzuki Motor Corporation filed for bankruptcy last year and stopped selling cars in the US and Canada as part of its reorganization, there are still plenty of countries around the world where Suzuki continues to sell autos. For those markets, the automaker is working on a compact sport-utility vehicle, called the iV-4, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Suzuki says the iV-4 "embodies the basic ruggedness of an SUV," and that its styling is modern and innovative. We'll have to take Suzuki's word on that one, though the teaser above certainly looks the part, with the grille reminding us of the one found on the Jeep Grand Cherokee (minus a few slats, of course).

Scroll down for the short-and-sweet press release, and expect the full brace of information to be revealed in September.
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The world premiere of the iV-4 – a concept model heralding a compact SUV from Suzuki – will take place at the 65th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, which will be held from 10 to 22 September 2013.

Suzuki's introduction of the compact SUV concept iV-4 is an indication of the direction which will be taken with the future model to be added to the company's renowned SUV line-up.

Developed with a theme – "Grab your field" – the concept model embodies the basic ruggedness of an SUV. The iV-4 is Suzuki's new concept for a personal compact SUV.

While inheriting certain design features of the Suzuki SUVs, such as the clam-shell shaped bonnet and the front grille divided into five, its overall styling conveys a sense of modernity and innovativeness.

Detailed information will be disclosed at the Suzuki press conference on September 10.

Other Suzuki models on display will be the Alto, Splash, Swift, Swift Sport, SX4, SX4 S-Cross, Jimny, Grand Vitara and Kizashi.


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      speterjr
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks cool. I've always liked Suzuki's little off-road vehicles, and have driven them before, in all kinds of road, and "off-road" conditions. They are the ideal size and price for this type of transportation, and they have real off-road ability, unlike most of the pretenders on the market today. Too bad they are leaving the North American market. But I just got a motorcycle license, so now I can enjoy their two-wheeled vehicles. I learned to ride on one.
      KC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just based on those shadowy pics, I can tell that it looks a lot better than the Cherokee.
      A P
      • 1 Year Ago
      Typical AB article about a company that few care about and ignores that the Impala is now the #1 rated car in Consumer Reports. If it would have been rated the worst, AB would be falling over themselves telling us about it.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A P
        What are you talking about, A P? Autoblog reported on the Impala's score with CR about two weeks ago. I even recall commenting on it regarding my impressions on the car when I checked it out at an auto show earlier this year. While you may not care about Suzuki, people like me do. My first car was a Suzuki SUV and my current car is a Suzuki. They offer good value because they are dependable, affordable, and last a long time. They were not popular, but in their respective elements, they excelled. Trust me, no one makes a small ladder-on-frame SUV anymore. All of them are now unibody CUVs with AWD. They offer nothing close to the offroad prowess of a ladder-frame, full range 4x4 that Suzuki only offered in the small SUV segment. The smallest true SUV in the US market now is the Wrangler because Suzuki left. However, the Wrangler is not small or cheap anymore. It's also rather a gas guzzler. I've had many snow, mud, and offroading experiences with my Suzuki SUV which never left me stranded. For a stock truck, it was solid in the rough stuff and was actually fun offroad. I now own a Kizashi and it is hands-down one of the best handling family midsize sedans ever. My car before was a Mazda3 (which is highly praised for its handling) and the Kizashi is right up there with it. Unlike the Mazda3, however, the Kizashi is comfortable, quiet, and is far more refined. Oh, and it was offered with a 6 speed manual in the higher trims unlike most rivals. So while you may not care for a Suzuki or any news related to them, some of us really like them and miss them. They offered some really great products for a very good price.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A P
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        Nicholas Dixon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A P
        Just incase your search button doesn't work here is an article from July 26, 5 days ago about the Impala reaching #1 in consumer reports. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/07/25/chevy-impala-top-consumer-reports-sedan/ Second article on the autoblog search.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A P
        That's a three-week-old story. They covered it on Autoblog, they talked about it on the podcast. What the hell else do you expect?
      Vinuuz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks rather similar to Mahindra's XUV 5OO in this picture. Something like this - http://firstgear-autotech.blogspot.com/2012/04/mahindra-xuv-500.html
      mikesmith_99
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come back to North America as a partnet with GM. Bring back the Samurai or Jimny! Develop a new Grand Vitara with good fuel economy and keep the rugged off road capabilities. Do it!
      theweegeean
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Suzuki had made cars that look like this, it wouldn't have had to leave the US. I liked the Grand Vitara but its styling was so boring and forgettable. And now they're finally bringing out concepts that have a cooler style and of course it's only after it's too late for them to come back to our country. However... there is talk of a Chrysler/Fiat/Suzuki partnership... we might yet see something like this someday as a Jeep...
      ₩α¥ℓ@η ß◎łїη
      I agree with the partnering up with GM again. I was thinking that, and instead of an Equinox/SRX/Terrain/WhateverBuickCallsTheir's Rebadge... How about a rebadged Chevy Trailblazer that they have been making for Thailand. I would buy that in a heartbeat over these CUVs... http://www.autoblog.com/2012/03/21/production-2013-chevrolet-trailblazer-debuts-no-plans-for-u-s/
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks cool!
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