Suzuki brings fun to the masses for upcoming show season
SUZUKI IS, WITH THIS TRIO OF QUIRKY CONCEPT CARS
After revealing a new Suzuki Ignis compact crossover for the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, the Japanese company has had a bit of fun: meet the Ignis Trail, Air Triser and Mighty Deck concept cars.
The brand will celebrate its centenary in 2020, and Suzuki claims these concept models “represent proposals for products and technologies that give a sense of the company’s preparations for ongoing success in the next 100 years”.
The Suzuki Mighty Deck concept car
The Mighty Deck is said to offer “new kinds of fun in the minicar segment”, with the two-door, ute-like body offering an open deck with a canvas top.
Suzuki claims this model — which appears to have a strong resemblance to the new Ignis — is designed to embody an “urban/outdoor” design.
The Suzuki Ignis Trail
While little else has been given away about the functionality of the car, the brand claims the rear deck can be automatically raised and lowered to suit different purposes. Whether or not this could point the way to a new Suzuki Mighty Boy — the tiny ute seen around in the 1990s — remains to be seen.
Suzuki’s Air Triser concept
A more practical car is the Air Triser, a compact mini-van with a “private lounge”.
The three rows of seats in this awesomely boxy (and sort-of Volkswagen Bulli-like) van can be configured to offer up a lounge space. There’s “relaxation mode”, where the seats face each other, and “lounge mode”, where the seats form a U-shape. You can also have a simple three-row setup for driving.
The concept is said to include a large display that extends from the B-pillar to the roofline, allowing for smartphone connectivity and acting as a media display.
The most production-likely (at least in the the shorter term) is the Ignis Trail Concept. This is an apparently more outdoorsy version of the new Ignis, said to offer “even greater rough-road ruggedness”.
It has larger wheels and body-protecting wheel-arch mouldings when compared to the regular Ignis, while the inside has seen a few colour adjustments, and trim changes.