GoAutoLogo
MENU

Future models - Suzuki - iM-4

Geneva show: Suzuki teases compact future

Little trooper: Described by Suzuki as “an iconic mini 4x4” the iM-4 concept is expected to be the next-generation Jimny off-roader.

Possible next-gen Jimny and new hatch concept teased by Suzuki before Geneva show

Gallery

Click to see larger images

Suzuki logo9 Feb 2015

By RICHARD BERRY

SUZUKI has released teaser images of two concept vehicles headed to the Geneva motor show in March, hinting that the next-generation Jimny and a new small hatch are just around the corner.

The Japanese car-maker released the shadowy photos with a statement confirming the names, iK-2 for the hatch and and iM-4 for the crossover.

“The iM-4 is an iconic mini 4x4 developed with a concept theme of ‘Shape the Inspiration’,” the statement read.

“It is an all-new proposal from Suzuki, packed with its compact 4x4 DNA and new technologies as well as distinctive styling that will give real inspiration to drivers.” It’s widely believed that the iM-4 previews the replacement for the Jimny that has been on the market in current-generation guise since 1998, with an update arriving in 2012.

The Jimny returned to Australian showrooms in October, 2014 after a one-year break, following the inclusion of mandatory electronic stability control.

With its short wheelbase, stubby nose and upright rear end, the iM-4 bears a close similarity to the existing Jimny, however, a more sharply raked windscreen, and a roofline and glasshouse reminiscent of the Swift give it a fresh, modern look.

The iK-2 previews a new hatch for Suzuki, however, it is unlikely to replace the popular Swift, and may go on sale alongside it in the battle against rivals such as the Mazda2.

“The iK-2 is an ideal compact-sized car, developed with an innovative theme of ‘Harmonised Force’,” Suzuki said.

“By combining all of the key elements expected in a car of this size the new model raises compact car values to the limit.”

In July last year Suzuki general manager Andrew Moore told GoAuto the Japanese car-maker was gearing up for a dramatic comeback with the new Vitara making a return to the market in 2015 along with the arrival of the Celerio micro hatch to replace the Alto.

“Those two cars are the first in a barrage of new product, including at least one or two new Suzuki models every year for the next five years,” he said.

The Celerio hit a snag last week just days before it was set to launch in Australia, following reports by two British publications that the brakes failed in an emergency braking test.

Suzuki Australia put a stop-sale order on the Celerio whicle the issue is being investigated, but the tiny hatch could arrive in showrooms in the coming weeks.

Read more

Share with your friends

Suzuki models