We may soon see a resurgent Suzuki brand, with reports this week that the carmaker is gearing up for an onslaught of new models.
Earlier this year, Suzuki Australia boss Tony Devers revealed the brand will launch “at least one new model every year for the next five years”.
This week, Suzuki of Great Britain’s Dale Wyatt told Autocar magazine that the company’s latest strategy is to launch “two new cars a year for the next three years”.
Why two in each segment? It seems Suzuki is taking a leaf from BMW’s experience with models like the X5 SUV and its sporty X6 companion: one “very rational” model, Wyatt is quoted, and another more style-focused version for younger buyers.
In a separate interview with the UK’s Auto Express, Wyatt added that the (“very rational”) Celerio will be joined by a “funky” new sibling in the same size class but with its own unique looks.
“I don’t think there’s anything like it, it will create a new segment. It’s Suzuki’s twist on funkiness,” Wyatt told Auto Express.
Fans will of course be hoping for a new-generation Cappuccino roadster, although even at the Celerio’s compact dimensions it would still be noteably larger than the original ‘Cappa’ of the 90s.
We can also expect an all-new Swift by 2017, which will be followed by a Swift Sport model that might at last offer the sort of performance needed to rival the Polo GTI, Fiesta ST, Clio RS and others.
Wyatt told Auto Express that the next Swift will be “lower and younger in its appeal”.
It’s also no stretch to imagine that a new Jimny 4x4 could appear in the next few years, but a big new Grand Vitara is reportedly not on the cards.
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