The biggest rival of Mini Countryman and Fiat 500x, is the new 2016 Suzuki iM-4. Even though most people still connect Suzuki with motorcycles, Japanese brand knows how to make 4-wheelers as well, especially compact ones. Geneva Auto Show gave us an insight into Japanese compact car maker’s future lineup with 2016 Suzuki iM-4 possibly even being the next-gen Wagon R.
Under the Hood
Even though the car looks like a compact SUV, it is basically a boxy hatchback. Powertrain might just be its most interesting feature. 1.2L DUALJET engine is tied to mild hybrid system which consists of integrated starter generator and a small lithium-ion battery pack. Of course, it also gets regenerative braking system which should increase the car’s fuel economy ratings together with the rest of the system. Finally, concept is limited to all-wheel drive configuration which clearly shows Suzuki’s intention to join the segment.
Styling – Interior and Exterior
From design’s standpoint, 2016 Suzuki iM-4 can already make it to the dealers. It features pretty minimalistic overall design with very few eye-poking details. Frontal fascia is simple and features handsome rectangular grille with slightly taller headlamps which consist of three in-line LED units. Flat roofline contributes to midsection’s uninspiring, simple lines, and rear end features a small tailgate with cubic tail-lights and stop-light just below the roofline spoiler. Only downside of the concept are rather thick rear pillars which would have to be trimmed down in order to yield better rear visibility.
|Overall length||3.693 MM (145.39 Inches)|
|Overall width||1.709 MM (67.28 Inches)|
|Overall height||1.566 MM (61.65 Inches)|
|Wheelbase||2.438 MM (95.98 Inches)|
Interior – description
Suzuki still didn’t give us interior details and we weren’t able to see it as well. However, we can easily imagine what it could, and probably should look like. Materials will be contemporary, but don’t expect any luxury covers. It might offer some leather in its top grade at best. Simple, angular dashboard is what we would go with.
Instrument panel should offer a CD player, but apart from small monochromatic display, don’t expect anything more. Still, top tech features aren’t Suzuki’s strengths. Surprisingly usable convenience features are what makes it god.
If Japanese decide to fill 2016 Suzuki iM-4 with all convenience features from Wagon R, we won’t fear for car’s future. Front passenger underseat tray, instrument panel storage box and glove compartment, foldable rear seats and wide-opening doors are only some of the options we expect to see in production model. Since small SUV isn’t designed for U.S. market, don’t expect plenty of safety equipment in it. Apart from anti-lock brakes and mandatory airbags, we most likely aren’t going to see anything else.
2016 Suzuki iM-4 Price and MPG
Fuel economy ratings are supposed to be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of 2016 Suzuki iM-4. We still don’t have the exact figures, but wild guess would say that they could read more than 40 mpg combined. Wagon R is offered for less than $10,000, but iM-4 is supposed to be much more expensive thanks to its hybrid system. However, don’t expect it to break $20,000 mark in its base form.
2016 Suzuki iM-4 is an exciting concept which features old-school boxy design and modern, mild hybrid powertrain. These are rarely combined, and should definitely find their potential buyers wherever Japanese decide to market the car.