Suzuki has unveiled two new concept cars at Geneva - the iK-2 and the iM-4, both based on an all new platform. The iK-2 is a new compact hatchback concept that appears to be a Hyundai i20 rival (lower-case 'i' and all). The iK-2 features a new design concept unlike anything we've seen from Maruti to date with flowing lines and a low, wide silhouette.
The concept is just over four metres long which Maruti should be able to easily tweak for it to fit under the sub-4m mark. The big news, however, is the new petrol engine under the hood. Suzuki calls it the 1.0-litre Boosterjet and isn't saying much except that it will feature direct injection and turbocharging.
The iM-4 on the other hand is Suzuki's take on a compact SUV. It features a squared out design that is intended to max out practicality but also features some styling details like blacked out A- and B-pillars, a clamshell bonnet and various styling garnishes. It features a 4WD system that Suzuki claims is capable enough of tackling snow or unpaved roads.
What's most interesting about this concept is the new mild hybrid system called SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki). The system uses what Suzuki calls an Integrated Starter Generator that, 'provides engine power assistance using the motor and achieves efficient power generation'. Lithium batteries store energy generated by a regenerative braking system that helps power the car. Suzuki says the system not only boosts efficiency and cuts CO2 emissions but also helps keep down size, weight and cost as against other hybrid systems.
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|The smartest compact car developed by pursuit of compact hatchback ideals to a new even higher level for Suzuki Excellent design and utility integrated into a single package Design theme of "Liquid Flow", elegant design with flowing lines suggestive of an energetic movement of liquid Built around a new-generation platform and equipped with BOOSTERJET engine Production model to be released in Europe in 2016 Making its global debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show, Suzuki Motor Corporationreveals its new compact hatchback concept car, the iK-2. The iK-2, the smartest compact car, offers all the elements expected in a car of this size. Suzuki is well known as the compact car expert, having built up unrivalled know-how in developing compact cars from the Suzulight in the 1950s and the Alto in the 1970s, to our latest model?line-up. In the iK-2 Suzuki takes the ideal of the compact car to a new level. The Liquid Flow design expresses the energetic movement of liquid, giving the car a classy, elegant, yet dynamic look. The model is built around a new-generation platform and comes equipped with the BOOSTERJET engine, a new direct-injection turbo petrol unit. By adding the production model based on this concept car to the line-up, Suzuki will give drivers a much greater value of a compact car in which Suzuki excels. The production model will also be available with SHVS mild hybrid system and is to be released in Europe in early 2016. Concept The iK-2 is inspired by the concept of "Harmonised Force." Harmonisation of optimised packaging by the compact car expertise, pleasant driving experience by the latest technology, and a flowing exterior design that beautifully wraps those shapes an ideal compact car. It delivers a dynamic, efficient driving performance thanks to its new-generation platform and BOOSTERJET engine. The exterior design, featuring sweeping curves all over that blend smoothly into the whole, exudes style and elegance. This is the smartest compact car packed with utmost compact car value, impressively meeting the conflicting requirements of a compact: design, utility, comfort, manoeuvrability, driving performance, fuel efficiency. Design features The "Liquid Flow", suggestive of the dynamism of an energetic movement of liquid with its low, wide silhouette, is inspired by three keywords: "harmony," "elegance," and "energy wave." Instead of straight, mechanical lines, the body sports flowing curves throughout the body which perfectly create a harmony, conveying classy elegance. Expressive character lines that begin at the front and sweep toward the rear create attractive highlights. A series of chrome accents on the front grille and headlamps flow into the character lines on the side of the body, increasing the harmony of the whole car. An elegant, sporty profile: a cabin with sleek glass area mounted on a low, wide, flaring body. A bold, avant-garde front fascia with a wide bumper grille and distinctive LED headlamps. Muscular fenders confidently absorbing the flow of energy from the body, paired with a mechanical wheel design. Sloping rear window to channel the flow of energy forward. Lightning Silver body colour emphasises the shadows of the body with its curving lines and amplify its elegance and energy. New environmental technologies New-generation platform Suzuki's new-generation platform is designed to efficiently increase rigidity while reducing weight via a fundamental redesign of the underbody's structure and also optimising overall vehicle design, including parts mounted on the underbody. This improves fuel efficiency, safety, handling, stability, and NVH performance across the board. Moreover, Suzuki will streamline development by consolidating its existing four platforms to three and modularizing functional components. This will enable bringing out new cars in a more efficient way that can be tailored to fast-changing market demand. The new BOOSTERJET 1.0 litre direct-injection turbo engine The Boosterjet 1.0 litre direct-injection turbo engine newly developed by Suzuki saves fuel while delivering driving pleasure. Fuel efficiency has been improved by reducing engine displacement, and output and torque are boosted with a turbocharger. In addition to fulfilling fuel efficiency and dynamic performance expectations, the layout has been optimised and various technologies used to reduce weight in order to meet the rigorous size and weight requirements specific to compact cars. Specifications ? Overall length: 4,023 mm ? Overall width: 1,920 mm ? Overall height: 1,450 mm ? Wheelbase: 2,520 mm ? Tyre size: 225/45R18 ? Engine: 1.0L BOOSTERJET engine ? Platform: New-generation platform|