Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Suzuki shows the Waku SPO, Hanare and Hustler Concepts
Suzuki, the parent company of Indian giant Maruti Suzuki, unveiled three urban mobility concepts, all with some level of electrification at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019. All three concepts are small cars in keeping with the brand's expertise in this segment.
Suzuki Waku SPO
The Waku SPO is a retro-themed plug-in hybrid that is similar in size to cars like the Celerio and WagonR. It's USP though is the level of customisation it offers. Users can change the car's front-end bits like the headlamps and grille to suit their preferences, the rear section has a retractable part that helps it switch from a station wagon to a coupe while the digital instrumentation's layout can also be changed. No technical details are available on the Waku SPO but some of the elements from this car can be expected in future Suzuki models.
The Hanare Concept is an autonomous urban mobility solution designed for more efficiency-centric applications of the future. It is an EV with a pod-like layout meant to carry passengers, sort of like an MPV of the future. This too can offer high level of customisation while arrangemnt have been made on the inside for the relaxation of passengers over longer journeys. The term Hanare is Japanese for a small dwelling built alongside a home. Bothe the Waku SPo and Hanare Concepts come with a Waku Waku ( Japanese for excitement) button that allows quick, one-touch customisability.
Suzuki also showed its Japanese market Hustler crossover with new design packages. The Hustler conforms to the country's kei-car regulations and first debuted in 2014. These design changes could are meant to future increase its appeal as a small soft-roader and could make it to production form. The Hustler is powered by a 660cc, three-cylinder turbo-petrol
Kupo and Mitra
Alongside these concepts, the brand also showed two lifestyle support mobility solutions, the Kupo and Mitra. The Mitra, derived from the Hindi word for friend is equipped with an automatic following function. It can be used to help small children and the elderly carrying their belongings or luggage. The vehicle recognises the user and can follow it at walking pace. Further, a screen has also been provided to make video calls. The Kupo on the other hand, is vehicle that can be used as an assisted walker or as an electric wheelchair.
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