Suzuki will reveal three new concept vehicles in Tokyo, including an electric range-extender Swift
9 November 2011

Suzuki will reveal three new concept vehicles at this month’s Tokyo motor show, which will illustrate the firm’s “small cars for a big future” theme. Vehicles include Suzuki’s vision of its next-generation small global car – Regina - a two-seat micro-mobility scooter - Q-concept - and an electric range-extender version of the Suzuki Swift, dubbed Swift EV hybrid.

The Suzuki Regina concept tips the scales at just 730kg and is powered by a yet unknown small-capacity petrol engine. Great focus has been placed on the car’s aerodynamics to boost fuel economy and reduce Co2 emissions; Suzuki claims the Regina’s drag coefficient is 10 per cent lower than that of current production models, with 88mpg and 70g/km Co2 emissions achievable.

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Aerodynamic styling features of the Regina include partially-covered rear wheels, flat-sided aero alloys and front and rear-integrated bumpers.

Like the Renault Twizy, the next Suzuki Q-concept is a wacky electric two-seat tandem quadracycle. It’s described as “ideal for everyday journeys within a radius of about six miles” and is pitched as a comfortable commuting tool.

Thanks to changes in seating configurations, the Q-concept can also double as a delivery vehicle with a single seat at the front and a cargo area at the rear. Alternatively, the rear can be used to accommodate two children.

The new Suzuki Swift EV Hybrid is an EV with an engine driven generator. Suzuki claims the car can be driven for between 12 and 18 miles on battery power alone, which is then topped up by the petrol generator.

Further details are scarce, but the Swift EV Hybrid is scheduled to be exhibited as the Swift Range Extender at motor shows in ‘some countries.’

The all-new Suzuki Swift Sport – first shown in Frankfurt – completes Suzuki’s four-wheel show models.

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