A new compact SUV from Suzuki has been spotted in Europe undergoing trials. The unnamed SUV seems to be inspired by the funky iV-4 concept which was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, last year. The production model will break cover at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October and is expected to be launched in the European markets by the second quarter of the next year.
With an overall length of 4,215mm and a wheelbase of 2,500mm, the production model will retain the dimensions of the iV-4 concept. The styling seems very similar to the bigger Grand Vitara SUV. Suzuki will offer a high level of personalisation with this car, as indicated by the name of the concept, which stands for Individuality Vehicle 4WD (four-wheel-drive).
The production model is likely to use the engine line-up from the SX4 S-Cross, which includes a petrol and diesel four-cylinder 1.6-litre units. It will also get the AllGrip four-wheel-drive system from the SX4 S-Cross.
This compact SUV will slot in between the Suzuki Jimny and the Grand Vitara in the company’s global markets and will compete with Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Fiat 500X and the Peugeot 2008. Having burnt its hands with the Grand Vitara, it is very unlikely that Maruti Suzuki will bring this car to India. The company had unveiled the SX4 S-Cross at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo which will be launched here early next year. This crossover will be priced around Rs 12 to 13 lakh and will compete with the Renault Duster and the Nissan Terrano.