Underdog Suzuki is one of the more mysterious Japanese brands. Rarely talked about, or indeed self-promoted, it quietly sold nearly 3 million vehicles worldwide in 2016 (alongside sister brand Maruti), and Suzuki has made some intriguingly original cars in recent years. Take the cute-but-tough Ignis city car SUV or the boxy-but-compact Hustler minivan, plus quite a few more.
Autoblog took the chance to catch up with the automaker's relatively new head of design, Akira Kamio, at the recent 2017 Tokyo Motor Show to discuss Suzuki latest e-Survivor SUV Concept, plus his personal inspirations.
In between developing of an entirely new Jimny and upgrading some models, Suzuki took their time to create a fresh study called e-Survivor.
Displayed in front of the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show audience, the e-Survivor is an open-top two-seater off-roader that looks basically like a Mars rover inspired by Jeep, but that's a completely different story.
The 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport has been confirmed for the Australian market, with the company’s local arm expecting its new hot hatch in the first quarter of 2018.
Sitting above the current GLX Turbo flagship, the Swift Sport is powered by a 1.4-litre ‘Boosterjet’ turbocharged petrol engine, developing 103kW of power and 250Nm of torque – a 70Nm leap over its predecessor.
As we inch closer and closer to the premiere of the new Suzuki Jimny in Tokyo, we’re beginning to learn more about the model and the brand’s big ambitions for it.
Speaking to Autocar, Suzuki’s European director Takanori Suzuki revealed the brand’s hope that the Jimny will play a prominent role in boosting the firm’s annual sales across Europe.
Five weeks after images of the new Suzuki Jimny leaked online thanks to an internal company presentation, Indian Autos Blog has taken those pictures, sharpened them up and given them some color to provide us with an accurate look at the four-gen model.
Rendered in three-door guise, the similarities between the new Jimny and the outgoing model are immediately noticeable. For example, it includes a small front grille with vertical slats but now has round headlights, turn signals, and fog lights. The proportions of the new car also look similar to the old one but the body panels are noticeably less curved and feature sharper and more pointed corners.
Suzuki has a raft of concepts lined up for the Tokyo Motor Show next month, including the Xbee you see here.
Not to be confused with the Scion xB, the Suzuki Xbee (pronounced “Crossbi”) takes the form of a retro off-roader in similar style to – but smaller form than – Toyota's discontinued FJ Cruiser.
If you've ever thought of Suzuki as a whimsical manufacturer of small or smallish vehicles, you're going to like what the manufacturer plans to show at the upcoming 45th Tokyo Motor Show.
The e-Survivor Concept reimagines the classic Suzuki jeep as an all-electric vehicle, and it's filled with interesting styling cues both retro and futuristic. The e-Survivor is not only lightweight in construction, it also looks like it, with vestigial wheelarches and see-through doors. The electric motors are housed in the wheels, leaving the ladder-frame construction able to be as skinny as possible. The dashboard houses large screens showing infotainment controls, navigation settings and the vehicle itself, and there are rear-view cameras in place of mirrors.
The Suzuki Swift Sport has been one of the most interesting hot hatches of the last decade, well at least outside the United States. Its first iteration was released in 2005, leaving behind its crummy Geo Metro guise in favor of something more in line dynamically with the segment best. Though it may have been an underdog from day one, the Swift Sport proved itself to be both fun and reliable
The new car promises to up the ante with a stiffer structure and a footprint increased courtesy a 20 mm-longer wheelbase and a stance that's 40 mm wider and 15 mm lower. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder Suzuki cheekily calls the Boosterjet, ditching the old 1.6-liter naturally aspirated inline-4. The downsized, intercooled 138-horsepower turbo engine gives the Swift Sport only four more horsepower than the old unit, but there is a lot more torque available and at lower revs. Another major improvement is a weight loss of nearly 180 pounds -- definitely a big deal in a small car like this -- as the new model tips the scales at less than 2,140 lbs.
Ichiro Suzuki went one better than Japan's all-time home run king Sadaharu Oh on Wednesday when he reached 5,863 total bases in Japan and Major League Baseball combined in the Miami Marlins' 8-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.
Suzuki had a pinch-hit single in the fifth inning off Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (14-6) at Marlins Park for his 3,974th base in the big leagues. He had 1,889 in nine years through 2000 with the then Orix BlueWave in Nippon Professional Baseball.
A camouflaged prototype believed to be the next-generation Suzuki Jimny has been spied this week for the first time, giving us a first look at the diminutive Japanese off-roader. Meanwhile, leaked images from a Suzuki product presentation unwraps the the design of the next-generation model.
Looking like a shrunken Mercedes-Benz G-Class mixed with a Jeep Renegade, the new Jimny continues with very upright boxy styling that is becoming more of a rarity these days, while the high ride height and chunky tyres indicate the new model should maintain its true off-roading prowess.
Not long after our spies snapped the 2019 Suzuki Jimny in the midst of testing, images of the redesigned SUV have emerged following a company presentation detailing its product roadmap.
As we long suspected (and hoped for), the new Jimny hasn't totally sacrificed its iconic design and still remains identifiable. What that means is that the SUV maintains its small proportions and its front end continues to be dominated by a slim, horizontal grille and a set of simple headlights, now round rather than the square shape of the original.
After almost two decades on the market, the Suzuki Jimny is ready to be replaced by a new model as shown in our latest spy shots.
It looks like the new model will retain the hardcore off-road character of the Jimny, adopting a square, upright bodywork that reminds us of a shrunken Defender/Wrangler/G-Class.