This year’s Tokyo Motor Show is shaping up to be a busy one, and in typical style, some of the weird and wonderful cars we can expect to see are starting to surface ahead of the show.
Suzuki will be bringing three new vehicles to its show stand, with a production-ready compact SUV and a miniature ute, and pint-sized minivan concepts.
The first vehicle re-introduces the Ignis name for a new production SUV to sit beneath the newly introduced Vitara. Last time the Ignis appeared it replaced the Swift as Suzuki's light hatch offering, but this time the two will exist side-by-side
Based on the iM-4 concept shown earlier this year, the Ignis will take to Suzuki’s stand in two flavours, the more city-centric Ignis which will filter into showrooms, or a lifted ‘rugged’ Ignis Trail concept.
On the inside the Ignis features a two-tone dash with brightly coloured interior highlights, a large central touchscreen, and promises to deliver a lofty seating position.
Powertrains haven’t been disclosed yet, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine the new BoosterJet small capacity turbo from the recently unveiled Baleno under the bonnet.
The next offering sees Suzuki offer a spiritual successor to the Mighty Boy mini-ute, this time around wearing a Mighty Deck nametag.
The compact ute offers a surprising amount of versatility in a very compact footprint, offering 2+2 seating, a canvas roof, and a rear cargo bed that can be raised to function as a normal boot, or extended by folding down the rear bulkhead and front passenger seat.
The exterior dimensions sit firmly within Japanese Kei car regulations, and the concept is powered by a 658cc three-cylinder turbo engine, assisted by an electric motor.
Front and rear bumpers, the cargo bay, seat backs and dash top are all finished in wood, while the spartan cabin features blue and beige trim, with a BMW-like central screen filling on for a regular instrument panel.
Suzuki’s third piece of stand candy, the Air Triser, is a compact minivan with three rows of seating, and a reconfigurable interior.
Going from people mover on the move, to ‘relaxation mode’ where front and rear seats can be turned to face each other, or ‘lounge mode’ where the seating is re-arranged into a U-shaped sofa that encircles the interior.
The steering wheel can be folded up and out of the way, and unimpeded vehicle access comes via front and rear sliding doors on the passenger side, with no B-pillar.
On the driver’s side an embedded display can be synced with any smart-device and used to display multimedia content.
Outside, bold red and white two-tone point evokes retro-vanning in a style somewhat reminiscent of Volkswagen’s Bulli concept. LED front and rear lighting. and the vault-like Suzuki logo between the doors give a decidedly more modern appearance.
Power is provided by a 1.4 litre version of Suzuki’s DualJet naturally aspirated four-cylinder powertrain, linked to a hybrid system, and delivering power to all four wheels.