The next-generation Suzuki compact crossover has been previewed with the unveiling of the Suzuki S-Cross concept at the 2012 Paris motor show.

Suzuki S-Cross Concept - 1

Following in the footsteps of compact SUVs like the Suzuki Vitara, Grand Vitara and Jimny, the S-Cross concept aims to provide users with a comfortable vehicle with off-road ability.

The Crystal Green Metallic four-wheel drive Suzuki S-Cross concept aims to combine on-road handling and performance with a high degree of practicality.

Measuring in at 4310mm long, 1840mm wide and 1600mm high – 75mm shorter, 9mm wider and 10mm taller than an Audi Q3 – the S-Cross crossover promises to deliver one of the largest luggage volumes in the segment.

Suzuki S-Cross Concept - 2

The concept features a sharp line running from the front bumper, through the headlights, along the length of the body and into the angular LED tail-lights at the rear.

Large chrome-plated air intakes below the LED foglights and headlights dominate the front bumper, and flank a mesh front grille and front skid plate.

Roof rails designed to sit flush with the roofline when not in use sit either side of a roofline that slopes down towards the rear hatch, chrome-plated exhaust pipes and lower LED lights.

Chrome strips sit above above hardwearing plastic side skirts that flow into wheel arch surrounds that house chrome 20-inch wheels.

Suzuki says while the S-Cross will maximise the enjoyment of the day-to-day tasks, the crossover concept will also “allow people to get the most out of urban lifestyles”.

Powertrain details for the Suzuki S-Cross are yet to be released but the Japanese brand says the production model - potentially the next-generation Suzuki SX4 - will be one of the lowest CO2 emitting cars in its segment.