Japanese carmaker Suzuki has revealed a new concept model, the e-Survivor, a small, rugged convertible SUV, ahead of its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October. The automaker will also showcase several other concept models at the auto show.
The design language of the e-Survivor concept is inspired by Suzuki's previous models such as Jimny, Vitara and the XC90 of the mid-1990s.
The e-Survivor concept is built on a truck-style ladder frame similar to the upcoming Jimny. The frame integrates electric propulsion system with hub motors fitted on all the four wheels, making it an electric four-wheel-drive vehicle.
The concept model features high ground clearance, huge wheel arches and knobby tyres which indicates that the SUV will have off-roading capability. Suzuki claims that the lightweight construction of the vehicle will further improve its off-road performance.
The e-Survivor concept is a 2-seater SUV with clear doors which gives it a unique look. The open cockpit theme also goes well with the overall design. Despite being a futuristic concept, the SUV is equipped with steering wheel and driver controls.
Suzuki has not revealed any technical details about the new concept model. But the steering wheels and driver controls suggest that the autonomous driving technology will not reach Suzuki's SUV segment.
The new e-Survivor concept SUV from Suzuki looks futuristic and has a funky design. But underneath it will be an off-road vehicle with its four-wheel-drive electric drivetrain. Suzuki will also showcase a series of mini car and kei car concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show.