Suzuki has hinted at its future design ideas with concepts due for the Tokyo Motor Show on October 30.
Concept cars include the credible, with a new Ignis compact crossover and slightly weirder models like the playfully titled Mighty Deck minicar. The latter features a canvas top and open load deck that can be repositioned for load lugging.
The Suzuki Air Triser is the Japanese’s brand’s take on a camper. While the Air Triser is parked, the seats can be configured so the seats face each other or in a lounge mode (where the seats form a U-shape sofa).
The Ignis skirts closer to production reality as a new crossover offering standard and Trail model versions. The Ignis Trail features larger diameter wheels.
Suzuki will also have its new Baleno B-segment hatchback at the show. Suzuki’s new Baleno will reach UK showrooms in spring 2016, with a brief to win value-seeking consumers away from superminis and small MPVs.
To be positioned slightly above the Swift, the Baleno will offer more space and practicality and sits on a new platform that may also underpin a new small SUV in the future.
The engine line-up for the Baleno comprises Suzuki’s 1.2-litre Dualjet motor with 89bhp and a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit, dubbed Boosterjet, which produces 110bhp.
The standard transmission is a five-speed manual, although the Dualjet is also offered with a CVT gearbox and the Boosterjet is available with a conventional six-speed automatic.
A Dualjet SHVS hybrid version will be the cleanest model in the line-up at launch, with CO2 emissions of 93g/km. The regular manual Dualjet emits 101g/km, while the more powerful Boosterjet manual emits 103g/km.