The Suzuki iV-4 concept has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show, previewing the successor to the long-running Jimny that's confirmed to go on sale in 2015.
The iV-4 concept – ‘i’ for individuality, ‘V’ for vehicle, and ‘4’ for four-wheel drive – blends characteristic elements of Suzuki design DNA like the five-slotted grille and clamshell bonnet with modern-day shapes and lines.
The current third-generation Jimny will be 17 years old when it is replaced by the new concept-inspired production car.
At 4215mm long, 1850mm wide, 1665mm tall and riding on a 2500mm wheelbase, the Suzuki iV-4 concept is more than half a metre longer than the outgoing Jimny and 250mm wider, yet features a 40mm-lower roofline.
Suzuki says the production model will continue to be lightweight and will offer “among the lowest” CO2
emissions in the sub-compact crossover class.
The Jimny successor will debut Suzuki’s new ‘All Grip’ four-wheel-drive technology, which is intended to provide levels of powerful driving performance and off-road ability unique to the baby SUV segment.
The show car’s Brilliant Turquoise Metallic paint was created specially for the concept, highlighting the iV-4’s personalisation potential that can be further enhanced through the choice of bespoke exterior parts, as well as colours and textures.
Despite its age, the outgoing Jimny continues to be a strong seller for Suzuki Australia, with 646 sales so far this year representing an increase of 4.5 per cent compared with the same period in 2012.
More details of the next-generation Suzuki Jimny will be revealed over the coming months and years in the lead up to its launch.