A new report from Autocar reveals several details about the Suzuki’s new B-segment contender that will be based on the ik-2 concept hatchback which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. The production hatchback will be larger and have more boot capacity than the Suzuki Swift and battle with the likes of Ford Fiesta and VW Polo.
The company will launch the new hatchback by the end of this year. Under the hood, there will be a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine, while a mild hybrid version will also be offered.
The report also sheds details on other future Suzuki models. The iM-4 concept which was also unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this year, will also go into production but only after 2016. The key factor behind the longer gestation period is that the company wants to make future cars even lighter than they are now. The production model will be an A-segment mini-crossover competing with the Fiat Panda.
Citing unnamed company sources, the report claims that following the launch of the Vitara and updated SX4 S-Cross, no more SUVs would be made except a new generation Jimny. The Jimny has been long known to have been a controversial subject in the Suzuki boardroom with reports and rumours rejecting a next generation model, but this report states otherwise. The new generation model will arrive only after 2018 and remain a utility vehicle.
The report also throws light on the status of the G70 Concept which was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The company may use the low emissions technology from the concept in the future. The car itself may go into production, and if so, it may be sold in Asia but not in Europe.