Suzuki iV-4 Concept
Suzuki reveals the “iV-4”
Central development theme,“Grab your field”
A new proposal from the compact SUV pioneer
Suzuki is pleased to announce that the world premiere of its new compact SUV concept
model, the iV-4, will take place at the 65th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013.
Since launching the LJ series in 1970, Suzuki has expanded its SUV line-up with the Vitara
in 1988, Jimny in 1998, and Grand Vitara in 2005. As a compact SUV pioneer,
Suzukiintroducesthe iV-4, a concept model that embodies a new automotive idea: the
personal compact SUV.
Under the "Grab your field" concept, iV-4 is heir to Suzuki’s DNA in sports utility vehicles
(SUV). It’s set apart by its powerful exterior design, which taps into the tradition of Suzuki’s
compact SUVs. And it’s every bit as tough and rugged as an SUV should be, truly
empowering its user to "Grab your field". This concept model is designed to be personalised,
so that customers can turn it into a car which is just right for them and their lifestyle. “i”
stands for “individuality”, “V” for “vehicle”, and “4” for “4 wheel-drive”.
Faithful to Suzuki’s traditional SUV design – straight, sleek lines, clamshell hood, five-slotted
front grille – yet with a futuristic feel imparted by touches such as the distinctive
kicked-up character lines on the sides, the fog light with built-in laser sensor on the roof, and
the illuminated grille.Large-diameter tyres and wheel design give a foretaste of the powerful
road performance of an SUV.Can be personalised through customers’ individual choice of
exterior parts, colour, texture, etc.The specially created exterior colour is Brilliant Turquoise
Metallic, evocative of the sky reflected in a skyscraper. It makes a striking impression with
its intense gleam and brightness.
Dimensions of the iV4
Overall length 4,215 (mm)Overall width 1,850 (mm)Overall height 1,665 (mm)Wheelbase
2,500 (mm)Tyre size 235/55R20
Plans for production model
The production model based on the iV-4 aims to be an SUV for the present day: light in
weight and boasting among the lowest CO2 emissions in its class. And besides being eco-friendly,
the four-wheel drive model will come equipped with ALLGRIP, the next generation
of 4WD technology, in order to deliver the powerful drive the user expect of an SUV. It will
thus offer a combination of design and off-road performance that goes beyond a typical city
Suzuki will start launching the production model, based on this iV-4 concept model, at
Magyar Suzuki in 2015 and will be releasing it in Europe.
Suzuki history on the SUV market
Suzuki is the pioneer of the compact SUV. Since launchingthe LJ in 1970 and the SJ series in
the 1980s, the company has put a great deal of effort into developing off-road models such as
Vitara, Jimny and Grand Vitara.
Back in 1970, the off-road market was dominated by vehicles with huge engines, but Suzuki
challenged them with a mini carthat delivered the ultimate in off-road performance by
combining a high reduction ratio with a lightweight body weighing in at just 600 kilograms.
With the launch of the SJ series, which with its elegant straight lines heralded the arrival of
the stylish-looking four-wheel drive model, Suzuki also succeeded in winning over female
In 1988 the Vitara was launched, combining a sturdy ladder frame with a classy-looking
European-style body characterised by straight lines. It offered good handling thanks to its
elegantly simple suspension with MacPherson struts for the front axle and a centre wishbone
for the rear axle.
Then, in 1998, a complete overhaul was made of the LJ and SJ series to create a more modern
look and the Jimny was subsequently launched. It was a truly revolutionary model, featuring
a longer wheelbase and redesigned ladder frame with air locking wheel hubs installed for the
The Jimny continues to sell well 15 years later, thanks to its many devoted fans ranging from
female city dwellers to hunting aficionados.
The Vitara, for its part, was reincarnated as the Grand Vitara, the harbinger of the coming
crossover era, which offered great on-road performance without sacrificing off-road
In 2005 the Grand Vitara underwent a full model change. The performance of the suspension
was maximised by using a built-in ladder frame and both on and off-road capabilities were
enhanced further. In addition, a four wheel drive system with four modes was adopted from
Suzuki’s SUV expertise, developed through long years of tradition in the sector has been
harnessed in our crossover models as well. It has ensured the success of the SX4 and is
evident everywhere in the new SX4 S-Cross, which is about to go on sale.
When the production model based on the iV-4 is launched in the future, Suzuki will be
introducing completely new possibilities into the SUV segment.