Suzuki Unveils Three Fun and Functional Concept Cars
The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show doesn’t kick off for another month, but that didn’t stop one of Japan’s smaller automakers from teasing three of its new concept cars ahead of the event. On Wednesday, Suzuki Motor Corporation pulled the covers off its new MIGHTY DECK, Air Triser, and Ignis Trail concept cars, which have been developed to suggest the company’s product direction as well as celebrate an upcoming achievement. Suzuki celebrates its centenary in 2020, and has tailored its new concept cars at the Tokyo event to reflect the “Next 100” years. RELATED: The Suzuki X-Head Concept is Like a Real-Life Tonka Truck
The first of its concepts is the striking Suzuki MIGHTY DECK (pictured top), which the brand envisions as a “fun” minicar aimed jointly at urban and rural drivers. The concept’s calling card features include a sporty canvas top along with an open rear bed, which can be reconfigured at the touch of a button for different uses.
While the former is more of a sporty leisure vehicle, Suzuki’s Air Triser minivan concept (above) positions itself as a mobile conference room of sorts. The Air Triser features three-row seating that can be reconfigured to face each other or form a U-shaped sofa. The van’s thick B-pillars aren’t just for show. Inside, they are said to hide extendable video screens, which can connect to a passenger’s smart phone for media displays.
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The third concept, the off-road styled Ignis Trail (directly above), coincides with the production debut of the 2016 Suzuki Ignis crossover vehicle. Its styling was previously alluded to by the all-wheel-drive iM-4 concept car at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, but as of yet no powertrain details have been revealed. Care to speculate? The previous iM-4 concept featured a mild hybrid system. The pictured Ignis Trail concept adds larger wheels, black wheel arches, and a roof rack to the new crossover vehicle’s styling.
Alas, none of these vehicles will officially see U.S. shores—Suzuki left the U.S. market in 2012—however the two crossover designs do bode well for the company’s other global markets. The cars will make their official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, which runs from October 30 to November 8.
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