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Tokyo show: Suzuki goes high five

Hustle and flow: Suzuki has revealed five concepts, including the Hustler (left), ahead of their global debut at the Tokyo show next month.

Suzuki to make big impact on home turf with five global debut concepts

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Suzuki logo30 Oct 2013

By DANIEL GARDNER

SUZUKI will have a strong presence at this year’s upcoming Tokyo motor show, revealing five fresh concept vehicles from November 20.

Covering a variety of segments, the designs range from a pair of two-seater crossovers to a brace of city-cars and even a mobility scooter.

The Crosshiker two-seater combines coupe styling with generous ground-clearance. Weighing in at just 810kg and armed with a1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, the compact two-door is claimed to be both entertaining and economical.

Suzuki’s second two-door concept, the X-Lander, sports large knobbly tyres, four-wheel drive and hybrid powertrain, promising to hold its own off-road.

Based on the Jimny, the roofless 1.3-litre two-seater has an “automatically controlled manual transmission” and is intended for a combination of both urban and rural driving.

The Hustler compact city-car will go on show in two body styles – a roomy four-door sedan aimed at “people who love the nature, love the outdoors and love sports”, while the Hustler Coupe offers a similar package with sloping roofline and disguised rear-doors.

Suzuki is even catering for the aged community for with a single-seat mobility scooter.

Japanese car fans will also have an opportunity to see the iV-4 concept that made its global debut at the Frankfurt motor show last month.

The Japanese car-maker will bolster its presence on home turf with a 40-metre wide panoramic screen dominating its “Let’s create a Brand New Story” themed stand.

The giant screen will create a backdrop to the new concepts and will stream videos of the vehicles during the show, which were produced by acclaimed Japanese film-maker Shunji Iwai.

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