The iV-4 was first shown in concept car guise at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show, and while the model had already been confirmed to make it to production, it won't be a successor to the Jimny model that was axed late last year due to lacking electronic stability control.
Instead, Suzuki Australia communications manager Andrew Ellis said the new, as-yet-unnamed production model - which was spotted by CarAdvice's spies undergoing development testing earlier this year - will sit between the Jimny and Grand Vitara - the former of which will be reintroduced to the local ranks in the fourth quarter of 2014 with the mandatory safety technology.
Ellis told CarAdvice the production version of the iV-4 is scheduled to be revealed later in 2014 - we'd expect it to bow at the Paris motor show in September.
The iV-4 concept measures 4.21 metres long, 1.85m wide and 1.66m tall and rides on a 2.50m wheelbase, making it more than half a metre longer than the outgoing Jimny, and notably shorter than the five-door Grand Vitara (4.50m).
Engine options remain unclear for the iV-4, though it is expected to be offered with either a 1.4-litre four-cylinder as seen in the Swift city car, or a 1.6-litre four-cylinder as is fitted to the S-Cross small crossover hatch.