Now is October. It means that Tokyo Motor Show is coming. The biennial auto show is well-known for a place where we can see weird and unique concept cars from domestic automaker. And Suzuki Motor Co is the first Japanese carmaker that has announced its concept cars that will make its debut at the show. There are 3 prototypes and 1 new car that will be introduced, such as Mighty Deck, Air Triser, Ignis Trail, and 2017 Ignis (production version of iM-4).
Suzuki Mighty Deck Concept is inspired by beach cars and Japanese classic kei cars. For me, it’s like a mini version of Citroen Cactus M Concept that was shown at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show last September. And probably it could be a preview of the next generation of Suzuki Mighty Boy which was produced 1983 to 1988. Mighty Deck comes with a quirky exterior design that’s seen from front and rear area which possibly inspired from a scary animal. Moreover, the concept car has a canvas top and an open deck for various purposes.
According to Suzuki, it has Wide-ranging functionality including an automatic raise/lower function for the open deck accommodates lifestyle situations ranging from daily life to leisure. For the dimension, Mighty Deck has 3,395 mm long, 1,475 mm wide, and 1,540 mm tall. And under the hood, Suzuki puts a 3-cylinder 658 cc with a turbo and an S-Energy Charge electric motor.
When you look at to Suzuki Air Triser Concept and you said that it was a Volkswagen Microbus Concept, you’re not wrong. Because probably Suzuki’s designers take the inspiration from Microbus. But if the Microbus is a mid-size van, then the Air Triser is a mini van. The exterior part, the LED headlights come up with thin and surrounded by turn signal lights. The clear lines on the front bumper causing the car looked tough. On the side, we can see interesting things, such as a door handle with big ‘S’ logo and half windows.
Inside, the concept car can accommodate up to 7 people. Suzuki offers smart seat configuration for the Air Triser. When the car is parked, you can configure the cabin to be a private lounge (where the seats form a U-shape sofa) and a relaxation mode (where the seats face each other). Suzuki Air Triser Concept is powered by a dual-jet engine 1,372 cc 4-cylinder and combined with a hybrid engine.
At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Suzuki has introduced the iM-4 Concept and after that many people predicted that it will go into production to fill the compact crossover segment. And we don’t need to wait for a long time to see it in production version. Because at the upcoming 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki will introduce the new Ignis that’s based-on iM-4. The automaker didn’t make major changes from a concept to a reality. Up front, Suzuki’s designers redesigned the headlights, fog lamps, and air dam. The company keeps U-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights that surrounds its headlights.
Unfortunately, Suzuki did not make a new exterior design for the rear part. Because it looks so ugly, even in the form of concept car. The Japanese carmaker keeps that weird line design and the taillights. In the cabin, overall its design is good and I hope the LCD screen on the center cockpit is standard for all variants. Unfortunately, Suzuki hasn’t any information about its powertrain. But according to Carscoops, it would have New BoosterJet engine that was introduced at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
So, what’s your opinion after see the latest Ignis? Is it looked less macho as a crossover? If so, don’t worry because Suzuki will debut Ignis Trail Concept at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. This is a ‘more manly’ version of Ignis. According to Suzuki, it offers big-diameter wheels and bold wheel-arch mouldings are included in a design package that heightens compact-crossover enjoyment by emphasizing the Ignis Trail Concept’s outdoor credentials.
Also, probably it will offer off-road capability, more cladding around the wheelarches and sills plus roof rails and decals. For now, Suzuki doesn’t have plan to release it. But who knows, the Japanese carmaker will produce it if people wanted it.
Text: Andhika Pradityo
Thanks to: Carscoops