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Suzuki Teases Compact SUV Concept

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On: Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 5:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

Suzuki Teases Compact SUV Concept

Suzuki is a badge that's easy to forget in the United States, thanks to its limited offerings and small presence. In fact, think Suzuki and you may very well think "ATVs and motorcycles" before you think "cars." The Japanese brand will be debuting a new concept car that could help it penetrate further into the growing crossover segment should it decide to build it. 

Crossovers and "urban crossovers" have been pretty popular for concept cars over the past several auto shows. Suzuki calls its newest concept crossover the iV-4 and we'll see more of it at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Suzuki classifies the concept a "personal compact SUV," which brings about images of small, rugged "urban" hatchback crossovers like the Honda Urban SUV and Nissan EXTREM. Whether it's as small as those or more traditional crossover size remains to be seen because Suzuki has yet to reveal many details about it. About the only thing it has said is that the concept was designed with a theme: "grab your field," whatever that means.

What we do know from the teaser photos is the concept uses some serious LED lighting effects. Its headlamps are complemented by a set of C-shaped daytime running lamps. The distinctive grille uses a central U flanked by hockey stick slats. From the profile, it appears to be larger and boxier than the average crossover and clearly employs a roof spoiler.

The Frankfurt Motor Show opens to the media on September 10. Hopefully, Suzuki will offer some more details then. We imagine it will because it says that the "iV-4 is an indication of the direction which will be taken with the future model to be added to the company’s renowned SUV line-up." That sounds like a direct preview of a production model.

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