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COMPACT AND ZIPPY: The iK-2 is a compact hatchback designed with comfort in mind. Image: Newspic.


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GENEVA, Switzerland - Suzuki has unveiled two world-premiere concept models, the iK-2 and the iM-4, at the auto show.

New environmental technologies from Suzuki feature in each and these were a new-generation platform; the Boosterjet, a new downsized direct-injection turbo petrol engine; and the SHVS mild hybrid system.

Suzuki is well known as a compact car expert. Since manufacturing the Suzulight in 1955, the company has produced a whole series of compact cars. The iK-2 and the iM-4, it says, are two different approaches to offer such value for modern times with its emphasis on diversity and environmental awareness.

MINI  4x4

One is the iK-2, the smartest compact car developed by pursuit of compact hatchback ideals and built around the theme of "Harmonised Force." All elements expected in a car of this size-design, utility, comfort, manoeuvrability, driving performance, fuel-efficiency are all combined at a high level....

...the second, the iM-4, the iconic mini 4x4 which expands possibilities and enjoyment of a compact car. Following the theme of "Shape the Inspiration", the mini 4x4 integrates Suzuki's DNA in the field of developing compact 4x4's with the latest technology.

Achieving the highest level of environmental performance is a key strategy of Suzuki's product development, developers say, and the centrepiece of this approach is Suzuki Green Technology, a portfolio of next-generation fuel-saving, weight-reduction, and other eco technologies developed by Suzuki.


Suzuki is working on future environmental technologies for improving body design, increasing powertrain efficiency and achieving better energy management. The keys to accomplishing these three objectives, a report says,  are a lighter platform, a more thermal-efficient engine and hybrid technology. These are incorporated in the iK-2 and the iM-4 concepts.

The new Boosterjet, a downsized direct-injection turbo engine that saves fuel while also delivering driving pleasure

Suzuki's new-generation platform is designed to efficiently increase rigidity, which improves fuel efficiency, safety, handling, stability, and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) performance across the board.

Suzuki says it will streamline development by consolidating its existing four platforms to three. This will enable bringing out new cars in a more efficient way that can be tailored to fast-changing market demand. The new-generation platform is used for the iM-4 and iK-2.


The Boosterjet one-litre direct-injection turbo engine newly developed by Suzuki saves fuel and fuel efficiency has been improved by reducing engine displacement. Output and torque are boosted with a turbocharger. The Boosterjet engine is installed in the iK-2.

The SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki), Suzuki's new mild hybrid system incorporating an ISG (integrated starter generator), provides engine power assistance using the motor and achieves efficient power regeneration, a report says. The SHVS system used for the iM-4 also features lithium-ion batteries. Coupled with a newly-developed high-efficiency ISG, this regenerative braking system is the perfect hybrid system for a compact car.

Suzuki's worldwide automobile sales for January-December were 2877 thousand units, up seven percent year-on-year. In Europe sales increased from last year to 199 571 units

BOLD DESIGN: The latest technology has been incorporated in the iM-4 mini 4x4. Image: Quickpic

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