Thursday, October 31, 2013

Suzuki Concept Vehicles from the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show


Suzuki continues to march on in seemingly every single market other than the U.S. and Canada, and will be displaying a few cool concept vehicles at the 43rd Annual Tokyo Motor Show. Here are a few.

The vehicle above is the X-LANDER. This 4WD hybrid rides on the extremely capable and delightfully small Suzuki Jimny chassis. It's powered by a 1.3-liter engine mated to a new automatically controlled manual transmission. The lightweight hybrid systems has a high-efficiency motor built onto the 4WD system. Could this hint at the shape of the next-generation Jimny? Let's hope. It's neat. I'll take two.

Suzuki Crosshiker
Next up is the Crosshiker crossover. Looking like a 21st century X-90, the car features a lightweight design (1,786 lbs.) and a high-efficiency powertrain utilizing a new 1.3-liter engine. This car is based on the Suzuki Regina concept shown in 2011.

Suzuki HUSTLER Coupe
Despite the graphics on the side, this vehicle is called the HUSTLER Coupe. Please, no Larry Flynt jokes. Suzuki says this crossover concept displays what it calls a new generation of mini car. Suzuki also refers to this as a coupe with a beautiful silhouette. While I don't know if I'd go that far, I do think it's pretty sweet. They company describes this tiny crossover a stylish and practical design for those with an active lifestyle. I can buy that.

Will any of these make it into production? Likely not. I'd say the HUSTLER Coupe has the best chance, but it's all for nothing, at least here in the U.S. and Canada, as these and any other new Suzukis fall under the unobtainium label.

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