Show Compare List
Previous Vehicle Next Vehicle

iM-4 - Suzuki's new mini 4x4 concept

Posted on:

iM-4 - Suzuki

Suzuki Motor Corporation unveils its world-premiere concept model, the iM-4, at the 85th Geneva Motor Show. Since releasing the LJ series in 1970, Suzuki has been constantly coming up with new ideas in the compact SUV and crossover categories with models such as the first Vitara in 1988 and SX4 in 2006. The iM-4 is our vision for a new compact 4x4 that embodies that DNA while bristling with the latest technology. Its innovativeness, uniqueness and Suzuki's DNA make it the iconic mini 4x4.

Concept

The theme of this car: "Shape the Inspiration." The iM-4 is a personal  vehicle that opens up new possibilities and new ways to have fun.

Packaged in a simple yet iconic design, the compact iM-4 is intelligent but tough, offering reliable performance rooted in the Suzuki 4x4  tradition coupled with the latest fuel-saving technology. The minimalist design blends perfectly into the driver's lifestyle, while its  distinctive character brings real inspiration to the daily routine.

With its 4WD system, high minimum ground clearance, and high hip point, the iM-4 is designed to be your credible partner that is easy to drive  while also offering performance that lets you confidently drive in snow  and on unpaved roads. It has a user-friendly interior and luggage area,  and also incorporates cutting-edge technology with a new-generation  platform and SHVS mild hybrid system, which deliver excellent fuel  consumption with low CO2 emissions.

Design features

This car is designed to be simple yet iconic, pure yet lovable, and innovative yet retro.

The unique and minimalist body consists of plain surfaces and round  roof, with straight, architectonic lines that give it a beauty and  precision. The large-diameter tyres jutting out at the four corners  firmly support the body and hint at the car's power and muscular  performance. Dramatic features such as the front fascia with its  sunglass-clad look, the helmet-like roof, and the slits on the C-pillars which convey historic Suzuki cars of the past inspire the driver to be  creative.

  • Capsule-like minimalist body that gently embraces the driver.
  • Plain surfaces and the round roof create a rich expression and give the body simple yet endearing character.
  • Straight, architectonic lines of the shoulder and glass areas  communicate beauty and precision, as does the rectangular motif repeated in features such as the front and rear lower grilles, door mirrors and  handles, headlamps, and rear combination lamps.
  • Sunglass-like front grille and headlamp design coupled with the  headlamps' inner architecture and helmet-like roof give the car a  lovable appearance.
  • Suzuki design essence including blacked-out A- and B-pillars,  clamshell bonnet, and front fender garnishes are incorporated throughout the vehicle. The configuration of the area around and behind the  C-pillar incorporate slits that pay tribute to historic minicars such as the Fronte Coupé and the first Cervo.
  • Flared bumpers, 18-inch wheels with five-trapezoid design, and side  body moulding of the side body deliver a forceful impression of a 4x4.
  • Innocent White body colour, which expresses modernity, and a clean appearance that stirs the viewer's imagination.

New environmental technologies

  • New-generation platform Suzuki's new-generation platform is designed to efficiently increase  rigidity while reducing weight via a fundamental redesign of the  underbody's structure and also optimising overall vehicle design,  including parts mounted on the underbody. This improves fuel efficiency, safety, handling, stability, and NVH performance across the board.  Moreover, Suzuki will streamline development by consolidating its  existing four platforms to three and modularizing functional components. This will enable bringing out new cars in a more efficient way that can be tailored to fast-changing market demand.
  • Innovative SHVS mild hybrid system The SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki), Suzuki's new mild hybrid  system incorporating an ISG (integrated starter generator), provides  engine power assistance using the motor and achieves efficient power  regeneration. The SHVS system used for the iM-4 also features  lithium-ion batteries. Coupled with a newly-developed high-efficiency  ISG, this regenerative braking system is the perfect hybrid system for a compact car. As well as improving fuel efficiency, it also keeps down  the size, weight, and cost.

Specifications

  • Overall length:                               3,693 mm
  • Overall width:                                1,709 mm
  • Overall height:                               1,566 mm
  • Wheelbase:                                    2,438 mm
  • Tyre size:                                        215/45R18
  • Engine:                                          1.2L DUALJET engine + SHVS
  • Drive system:                               4WD
  • Platform:                                        New-generation platform
THE NEW HYUNDAI i20: SMARTER, SAFER AND WITH REFRESHED DESIGN

THE NEW HYUNDAI i20: SMARTER, SAFER AND WITH REFRESHED ...

Posted on: 30th Apr 2018

Hyundai Motor is continuing its success in the B-segment by introducing a refreshed i20 line-up. In order to meet customers' expectations, the i20 five-door now has a more modern design as well as updated safety features with Hyundai SmartSense. For both the five-door and the three-door coupe, Hyundai is also introducing a seven-speed dual clu...

FIVE YEARS ON - DACIA SANDERO STILL THE MOST AFFORDABLE CAR IN THE UK

FIVE YEARS ON - DACIA SANDERO STILL THE MOST AFFORDABLE...

Posted on: 30th Apr 2018

Many things have increased in price since 2013 when the Dacia Sandero first arrived in the UK. However, despite a recent facelift and improvements, the entry-level Sandero Access has always maintained its 'shockingly affordable' claim of being the most affordable car on sale in the UK. Dacia has today announced its first price rise for th...

PEUGEOT

PEUGEOT'S BEST-SELLING CAR OF ALL TIME CELEBRATES ...

Posted on: 8th Apr 2018

PEUGEOT's best-selling car of all time, the PEUGEOT 206, celebrates the 20th anniversary of its launch this year. The original 206 was launched in the form of a hatchback in 1998 and had seen over 5.4 million global sales by December 2005. The car remains PEUGEOT's best-selling vehicle to date with 5.1 million sold in Europe and 8.3 mi...

DELIVERING BRILLIANCE: VAUXHALL CORSAVAN RETAINS TITLE AT BUSINESS VAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

DELIVERING BRILLIANCE: VAUXHALL CORSAVAN RETAINS TITLE ...

Posted on: 23rd Mar 2018

Vauxhall's Corsavan has scooped the Best Small Delivery Van at the Business Van of the Year Awards for another year. The Corsavan beat its rivals in this sector, suiting business drivers that need a vehicle suitable for delivering small packages.