The new B-segment supermini will be the first Suzuki offered with a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine and the option of a hybrid powertrain

Suzuki’s new B-segment hatchback will be the first in the company's range to feature the new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol Boosterjet engine when it’s released at the end of this year. A mild hybrid version will also be offered.

The car will be based on the iK-2 concept hatchback, which was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva motor show, and will be pitched against rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Kia Rio. The hatchback will be bigger than the Suzuki Swift, with a greater boot capacity and more space in the rear of the cabin. The Japanese car maker also confirmed that the same Boosterjet engine will be included in the line-up for the next-generation Swift.

The A-segment iM-4 concept car will also go into production – although not until after 2016 – as Suzuki plots to make its future cars “even lighter than they are now”. The mini-crossover, which is set to be slightly larger than the Suzuki Celeriowill be pitched against the all-wheel-drive Fiat Panda.

Sources at Suzuki also confirmed that, following the release of the Vitara and updated SX4 S-Cross, no more SUVs would be made, although a new generation of Jimny will be produced.

“There will be a new Jimny, but not until after 2018," sources said. "It will stay close to its utilitarian roots as a car more biased to off-road driving.”

Suzuki also dismissed suggestions that the G70 concept, shown at the Geneva motor show in 2012, would be produced for Europe.

“The low emissions technology from the G70 could appear in some cars in the future, and the car itself may appear in Asian markets, but the G70 will not be built for Europe,” a source said.

The UK is Suzuki’s biggest market in Europe. The manufacturer is hoping to increase its current sales target on the Continent from 200,000 models per year to its pre-recession high of 280,000.

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12 May 2015
Best name ever. I want a Boosterjet on my car. What is it anyway? Does it produce flames from the rear of the car?

12 May 2015
Going by the title, mild hybrid power and 1.0 turbo petrol, I was expecting some information on these power plants.

12 May 2015
"There will be a new Jimny, but not until after 2018," sources said. "It will stay close to its utilitarian roots as a car more biased to off-road driving.” Suzuki don't seem to be struggling with the concept for the Jimny yet we're still waiting for the Defender replacement. That aside, the new 1.0 turbo triple sounds great and Suzuki do have a history with turbo triples so I have high hopes.

13 May 2015
@Will86. Don't you mean Daihatsu - I don't recall any past three cylinder turbos from Suzuki, not in the UK anyway? That aside, it's impressive that a small company like Suzuki should be undertaking these ambitious projects, when all the big guns seem to be obsessed with parts sharing and joint ventures. Does Suzuki have a technical partner these days?

13 May 2015
Daihatsu do have a good history of turbo triples. Not sure of Suzuki's past offerings in this country but I know small turbo engines are common in the far east (I've been watching too many episodes of Mighty Car Mods) and at the moment the entry level Caterham is powered by a Suzuki 3 cylinder turbo.

5 July 2015
It looks great.If the actual car looks as good as the concept hen Suzuki could be onto another winner.

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