Making its global debut at the ongoing, 85th Geneva Motor Show 2015, the Suzuki ik-2 Concept previews the upcoming Maruti premium hatchback, code-named the YRA. Armed with a “Liquid Flow” design language, a new-generation platform and a 1.0 litre direct-injection turbo “BOOSTERJET” engine, the production model will also be available with SHVS mild hybrid system and is to be released in Europe in early 2016.
The “Liquid Flow” design philosophy, according to the Japanese manufacturer, is suggestive of the dynamism of an energetic movement of liquid with its low, wide silhouette, is inspired by three keywords: “harmony,” “elegance,” and “energy wave.”
At 4,023 mm long, the iK-2 overshoots the magical 4 meter mark by a whisker; trust Maruti to rectify that for India.
Observations from the iK-2 Concept:
- Though we’ve already seen most of the YRA inside out courtesy spy images, the iK-2 concept features slightly different, more aggressive bumper-work and a different, much cooler set of headlamps – LEDs of course.
- On the production version (YRA) though, the head-lamps bear a striking resemblance to the ones on the Swift, with the large, continuous air-dam from the concept having been toned down.
- The profile of the car looks very grown-up and European, with a high-set waistline and distinctive, muscled arches.
- The swoopy rear reminds one of the Subaru Impreza hatchback, though the bumper-work on the concept could have been better resolved.
- The concept dons a Lightning Silver body color.
- The production version (YRA) could come with a blacked out A pillars, LED tail lamps, 15″multi spoke alloy wheels, chromed door handles, chrome trimmings below the windows and the rear windscreen, while the basic versions might skip these aforementioned exterior embellishments.
Those pretty, LED infused head lamps are bound get toned down for production..
The ik-2 will sit on Suzuki’s new-generation platform which is “designed to efficiently increase rigidity while reducing weight via a fundamental redesign of the underbody’s structure and also optimising overall vehicle design, including parts mounted on the underbody.” Suzuki claims that this improves fuel efficiency, safety, handling, stability, and NVH performance across the board.
..and the same can be said for the tail lamps as well.
Moreover, Suzuki will streamline development by consolidating its existing four platforms to three and modularizing functional components. The iK-2 is powered by a new BOOSTERJET 1.0 litre direct-injection turbo engine; power figures are yet to be disclosed. Stay tuned!
・ Overall length: 4,023 mm
・ Overall width: 1,920 mm
・ Overall height: 1,450 mm
・ Wheelbase: 2,520 mm
・ Tyre size: 225/45R18
・ Engine: 1.0L BOOSTERJET engine
・ Platform: New-generation platform