A saloon, a boat, a coach and a racer; all part of Suzuki's grand plan.
2 October 2007

Suzuki's wild Kizashi saloon concept at Frankfurt was clearly just for the opener as Suzuki delves deeper into this new, upscale D-segment (Passat/Mondeo) project. So here's Take Two of this future premium model range, the tasty sport wagon Kizashi 2 crossover concept. About the same size as the first Kizashi concept that previewed at Frankfurt only weeks ago, but with a lower, sleeker roofline and less outlandish grille, the chunky Kizashi 2 looks more production realistic. It's a fashionable blend of wagon, coupe and SUV, with room for five, and looks to be targeting a niche somewhere between the Audi All Road and Nissan Murano. All-wheel-drive is standard to cope with both on/off-driving. So is new multilink suspension and set of monster 265/45 R22 tyres. Also deeply significant is the debut of Suzuki's own developed 3.6-litre V6, matched to a 6-speed auto, but a hybrid's in the pipeline, too. Suzuki's X-Head is a smaller, funkier cross-utility concept, a kind of cross between a junior 4x4 off-roader and pick-up.It's pretty advanced under the skin with mid-mounted 1.4-litre engine twin clutch 6-speed auto. But it's on top, with those fetching baby Tonka toy looks and big tyres that sees it do the urban tough lifestyle bit with style.Suzuki sees X-Head as being multi-functional: use it around town, as a camper (it sleeps two) or for hauling a motorbike around in the back, say. Even as a "rescue" vehicle.... Underneath, there's full-time 4x4 and rigid 3-link rear axle to give it genuine off-roading ability, like Suzuki's Jimny. Meantime, the yellow/black cabin with wetsuit like trim and big entertainment monitor built into the dash is deliberately Gen Y-orientated. Then, there's the PIXY and SSC. Suzuki's the latest to look into the idea of futuristic mobile transportation with single-seat, three-wheeled, electric-powered PIXY. PIXY is tall, light, can spin through 360 degrees and run about 20 miles on one charge. Clever enough, but Suzuki's then gone further and designed the SSC (Suzuki Sharing Coach) which can carry two PIXYs around if you need to go longer distances. The hexagonal, fuel-cell powered SSC is minicar-sized, has in-wheel motors and can seat up to two. The really clever bit comes at the end with the idea that the PIXY can be unloaded and then moved around via its own boat (SSJ) or mounted on a single-seat racing car (SSF). And why not?

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