Making its second public appearance at the 2018 Auto Expo is the Suzuki’s e-Survivor Concept. Expected to be one of the showstoppers at the Maruti Suzuki stall, the concept was first seen at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show last October. The e-Survivor is essentially an electric off-road vehicle designed to look like a stripped out Jimny as a design study for future off-roaders from the carmaker.
According to Suzuki, the e-Survivor is a futuristic compact SUV that pays tribute to the Japanese carmaker’s 4WD heritage. With its barebones design, the concept is tall with high ground clearance, visible suspensions and rides on knobby tyres. The carmaker says it is autonomous ready, which of course will be the mainstream feature in the actual production cars of the future.
There are no specific powertrain details available at all. But we do have vague information about it that it would get a dual motor set-up for each axle. It measures 3,460 x 1,645 x 1,655mm in dimensions and carries a combination of retro and futuristic design elements. The front bumper, for example, is very rudimentary while the grille has been seen on many older cars (read Jimny) from the Japanese carmaker. The circular LED headlamps make us believe that this concept can morph into the iconic Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. Other design elements include see-through doors, open top bodyshell and boomerang LED tail lights.
The inside is futuristic, to say the least. The cabin is funky with steering mounted screen, a large touch panel replacing the entire dashboard and most importantly the centre console which appears to be a holographic projection set-up. We can expect many design elements of this car to make it to the actual production models in the years to come. Until then the e-Survivor is our peephole into the future.