A new batch of patent images, accessed & shared by alVolante, fully reveal design of the production-spec Suzuki iM-4. Like the Baleno hatchback that will evolve from the iK-2 concept, the production model evolving from the iM-2 concept won’t be a leap far in terms of design and styling. Both concepts were unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The patent images reveal changes to made to the production version are minimalistic. The front fascia gets less aggressive bumper and restyled fog lamp housing, while the headlamp cluster is also likely to go conventional and simplistic. On the sides, the wheels get smaller and the ORVMs and door handles become typically Suzuki. A fuel cap now appears on the rear quarter panel on the left side. The rear-end drops the roof-mounted spoiler but gains an antenna on roof.
The production version of the Suzuki iM-4 concept will be like a jacked up and an internationally acceptable sort-of Kei car. The polarizing design puts a question mark at the expected success of the car though, especially given that the Fiat Panda is a well designed rival and is already well established in Europe. The new supermini should arrive next year in Europe and be priced in the UK from around £10,000.