It's with some sadness that we present to you the Suzuki iV-4 Concept – there's absolutely no way we'll ever see a production Suzuki based off this conceptual design in the States, despite the fact that the brand has quite a small-SUV heritage on our shores. Of course, we won't be seeing any new Suzuki passenger cars or trucks in the US at all...

For the rest of the world, Suzuki's push with this concept is personalization. According to the automaker, the name is broken down as such: "i" stands for "individuality," "V" for "vehicle," and "4" for "4 wheel-drive." A tad convoluted, perhaps, but we'll roll with it.

As far as its styling, the iV4 doesn't break any new ground for Suzuki, recalling its past and current production models with details that include a clamshell hood and a five-slot grille. Suzuki promises a production variant of this concept, and the "individuality" part will be accomplished through a selection of exterior components, colors and textures, though we're not clear what exactly that means or how it will differ from the accepted practice of ordering a unique car through a dealership.

Check out the live images above and the press release below for all the details.
Show full PR text
"iV-4" – Suzuki's new compact SUV concept model

- Suzuki reveals the "iV-4"
- Central development theme, "Grab your field"
- A new proposal from the compact SUV pioneer


Suzuki is pleased to announce that the world premiere of its new compact SUV concept model, the iV-4, will take place at the 65th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013.

Since launching the LJ series in 1970, Suzuki has expanded its SUV line-up with the Vitara in 1988, the Jimny in 1998, and the Grand Vitara in 2005. As a compact SUV pioneer, Suzuki introduces the iV-4, a concept model that embodies a new automotive idea: the personal compact SUV.

Development concept

Under the "Grab your field" concept, iV-4 is heir to Suzuki's DNA in sports utility vehicles (SUV). It's set apart by its powerful exterior design, which taps into the tradition of Suzuki's compact SUVs. And it's every bit as tough and rugged as an SUV should be, truly empowering its user to "Grab your field". This concept model is designed to be personalised, so that customers can turn it into a car which is just right for them and their lifestyle. "i" stands for "individuality", "V" for "vehicle", and "4" for "4 wheel-drive".

Design features

• Faithful to Suzuki's traditional SUV design – straight, sleek lines, clamshell hood, five-slotted front grille – yet with a futuristic feel imparted by touches such as the distinctive kicked-up character lines on the sides, the fog light with built-in laser sensor on the roof, and the illuminated grille.

• Large-diameter tyres and wheel design give a foretaste of the powerful road performance of an SUV.

• Can be personalised through customers' individual choice of exterior parts, colour, texture, etc.

• The specially created exterior colour is Brilliant Turquoise Metallic, evocative of the sky reflected in a skyscraper. It makes a striking impression with its intense gleam and brightness.

Dimensions of the iV4

• Overall length 4,215 (mm)

• Overall width 1,850 (mm)

• Overall height 1,665 (mm)

• Wheelbase 2,500 (mm)

• Tyre size 235/55R20

Plans for production model

The production model based on the iV-4 aims to be an SUV for the present day: light in weight and boasting among the lowest CO2 emissions in its class. And besides being eco-friendly, the four-wheel drive model will come equipped with ALLGRIP, the next generation of 4WD technology, in order to deliver the powerful drive the user expect of an SUV. It will thus offer a combination of design and off-road performance that goes beyond a typical city SUV.

Suzuki will start launching the production model, based on this iV-4 concept model, at Magyar Suzuki in 2015 and will be releasing it in Europe.

Suzuki history on the SUV market

Suzuki is the pioneer of the compact SUV. Since launching the LJ in 1970 and the SJ series in the 1980s, the company has put a great deal of effort into developing off-road models such as the Vitara, the Jimny and the Grand Vitara.

Back in 1970, the off-road market was dominated by vehicles with huge engines, but Suzuki challenged them with a mini car that delivered the ultimate in off-road performance by combining a high reduction ratio with a lightweight body. Weighing in at just 600 kilograms, it achieved a gradeability of 27.5 degrees – and then evolved steadily. Tolerance during continuous high-load off-road driving was boosted by replacing the air-cooled engine with a water-cooled engine for enhanced cooling performance. Engine displacement was increased. The treads were broadened.

With the launch of the SJ series, which with its elegant straight lines heralded the arrival of the stylish-looking four-wheel drive model, Suzuki also succeeded in winning over female drivers.

In 1988 the Vitara came out, combining a sturdy ladder frame with a classy-looking European-style body characterised by straight lines. It manoeuvred beautifully thanks to its elegantly simple suspension with struts at the front and a centre wishbone at the back.

Then, in 1998, a complete overhaul was made of the LJ and SJ series to create a more modern look – and the Jimny was born. It was a truly revolutionary model, featuring a longer wheelbase and a redesigned ladder frame, and incorporating an air locking hub for the first time.

The Jimny continues to sell well even today, years later, thanks to its many devoted fans ranging from female city dwellers to hunting aficionados.

The Vitara, for its part, was reincarnated as the Grand Vitara, the harbinger of the coming crossover era, which offered great on-road performance without sacrificing off-road capability.

In 2005 the Grand Vitara underwent a full model change. The performance of the suspension was maximised by using a built-in ladder frame, and both on- and off-road capabilities were boosted. In addition, a four-wheel drive system with four modes was adopted from this model.

Suzuki's SUV expertise, developed through long years of tradition in the field, has been harnessed in our crossover models as well. It has ensured the success of the SX4 and is evident everywhere in the new SX4 S-CROSS, which is about to go on sale.

And when the production model based on the iV-4 comes out in the near future, Suzuki will be introducing completely new possibilities into the SUV segment.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 13 Comments
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      It seems to be the best one from suzuki! thanks for sharing! http://www.houstondirectauto.com
      Michael Bernard Rahl
      I like Suzuki... why did they not bring something like this out 5 years ago? They may have stuck around. I still like the little scrapper SUV... not the pretty PanAsian styled kind. Oh well, next life....
      mojotrongt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Suzuki makes a pretty good looking Cherokee!
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would have given Suzuki a fighting chance in the US.
      axiomatik
      • 1 Year Ago
      Suzuki's problem in the US is that they practically abandoned the segment that made them successful in the US: the small SUV. With SUV/crossovers dominating the US market, why didn't they only offer the Grand Vitara?
      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm trademark lawsuit bait?
      360_AD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Suzuki US had everything at their disposal to make things work. Just look at all of the cool concepts they've had in the past few years. They just never did anything to capitalize on the buzz created by the concepts. Decades ago, the auto industry created concepts that had no chance of seeing production. Things have changed and the consumers expect more. Suzuki's leadership never got it. Consumers got cars at dealer that had little to nothing in common with the concept cars and few people bought. When you are in business to create and sell products, there are only two things to do: 1) innovate, or 2) die. Suzuki US chose the latter.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Said it before and I'll say it again, Chrysler had intel on what a bunch of the next gen mini-suvs were going to look like. This won't be the first one that resembles the Cherokee IMO.
      prez29
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear Land Rover, Thanks for lending us the front end of the Evoque. best wishes, Suzuki
      Kate
      • 1 Year Ago
      i got more. please share this also http://techgangs.blogspot.in/2013/09/suzuki-iv-4-specs-features-price-india.html
      Umang Kaushik
      • 1 Year Ago
      hi nice post i got little bit more about suzuki iv-4 concept at http://getinfoworld.com/suzuki-iv4-concept-full-features-specifications/ or http://bit.ly/18yOwUB
    • Load More Comments