Update – A spy shot shared by Instagram user itsalexcushing turns out to be of the same test mule seen in the featured image, and provides a clear look at its front- and rear-end.
A test mule of the Suzuki ik-2 concept’s production version has been spied testing in Manchester, UK, by Twitter user Matt_Harding83. As indicated by the number plates, the test mule should be registered to the automaker’s European subsidiary located in Bensheim town in the Bergstrasse district, Germany.
The iK-2 concept’s production version, internally known as the ‘YRA’, has been spied multiple times sans camouflage outside Europe, but the test mule seen here is heavily camouflaged. When the company unveiled the concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, it announced that the production version will be launched in Europe in early 2016.
The proportions will be similar to the concept. The design and styling will be very European with a short height, wider body and a steeply-angled rear-end. Under the hood, there will be a 1.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, which Suzuki calls the ‘Boosterjet’ engine. A mild hybrid system called SVHS will also be available. Additionally, the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines from the Swift may also be offered in Europe, and like in the Swift, a 4WD system could be optional.
Based on the ‘new-generation platform’, the sub-compact hatchback will be positioned alongside the Swift, but targeted at those buyers who want weigh ride quality, comfort, spaciousness and efficiency over sporty driving which the Swift offers plenty of. For instance, unlike the Swift, the new sub-compact hatchback will also have a touchscreen infotainment system. Suzuki hasn’t announced this feature, but spyshots of test mules have revealed this feature.
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