Mike Stevens | Feb 6, 2012

Suzuki's compact Regina concept has dropped its royal name in favour of 'G70', ahead of its return to the spotlight at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

The retro-tastic electric hatch first appeared at December's Tokyo Motor Show, previewing a possible new design direction for the Japanese carmaker.

While Suzuki has yet to confirm production plans for the G70 (nee Regina), its new name and a second scheduled appearance - possibly with a few styling tweaks - suggests the brand could have plans for the little green machine.

The full technical details for the concept were never revealed, although Suzuki promises its ultra-green drivetrain and 730kg kerb weight result in fuel consumption figures as low as 3.0 l/100km, depending on the car's configuration.

As for the new name, it's likely to be inspired by the concept's carbon-emissions rating, listed at a very low 70g/km.

Suzuki says it will also display a new version of the Swift Range Extender, first revealed at Geneva in 2010, with its all-electric driving range now extended to 30 kilometres.

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