Suzuki has previewed a few concepts it plans to unveil at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show later this month: the Suzuki Regina concept, the Suzuki Q-concept and the Suzuki Swift EV Hybrid concept.
The Suzuki Swift EV Hybrid concept hints at a potential future production car - an electric Suzuki Swift. The powertrain consists of an electric motor which provides a range of up to 30km in full EV model, backed by a petrol engine for range-extending purposes. Suzuki says the range-extending technology was chosen over a full EV arrangement due to the former's potential to be lighter in weight, less expensive and use fewer resources than an EV.
Suzuki will also show the futuristic Suzuki Q-concept at the Tokyo show. Showcasing a compact circular frame, the Q-concept is designed to be a cross between a motorcycle and a car, in terms of manoeuvrability. It features two tandem seats and an overall length of just 2.5 metres. Suzuki hasn’t revealed the powertrain details, although it says the Q is suitable for those travelling around 10km per day.
Lastly, the Suzuki Regina is the company’s vision for a future global compact vehicle. The focus of the Regina is to be as efficient as possible, presenting a very aerodynamic body – up to 10 per cent more efficient through the air compared with the current crop of compact city cars – as well as a very lightweight construction tipping the scales at just 760kg. Emissions have been rated at just 70g/km CO2 while an official fuel consumption rating of 32km/L (3.1L/100km) has been achieved on the JC08 test cycle.