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World Premiere of Suzuki's First-Ever Midsize SUV Concept at 2005 North American International Auto ShowRepresenting the next chapter in its ongoing SÚV success story, American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) today unveiled its first-ever midsize SÚV concept vehicle - Concept-X - a daring sport-utility possibility intended to put a fresh perspective on the midsize SÚV §egmènt at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
Plans Call for a Derivative Model to Be Produced in 2006
Commissioning its designers to immerse themselves in the lives of Suzuki's spirited SÚV customers in order to re-evaluate the sport-utility market from the ground up, the automaker took the wraps off a bold new concept incorporating the five key ingredients buyers say they really want in a midsize SÚV: versatility; functionality; safety; 'infotainment,' a seamless blend of navigation, music, news and information; and performance.
While the Concept-X is planned as a concept only, a derivative of the vehicle is slated for production in 2006.
Today's introduction of the new adventure-inspired Majestic Graphite Concept-X fuses cutting-edge features wîth unprecedented interior, exterior, safety and performance features. Suzuki designers conceived a futuristic, wedge-shaped vehicle that brings together elements like aggressive styling, on-road balance and composure, functionality, premium safety and convenient access to entertainment and information.
'The all-new Concept-X - Suzuki's first-ever midsize SÚV concept - exhibits design cues, technology, power and amenities refined to meet specific American SÚV buyer needs,' explained Hirotaka Ono, board member of Suzuki Motor Corporation responsible for North American business. 'We are proud to showcase this exciting vehicle which represents our sport-utility of the future.'
In the power category, Concept-X is equipped wîth an all-new 3.6-liter V6 engine wîth a class-leading horsepower. The Concept-X comes wîth a newly developed 4WD system called '4GO', which combines on-demand low-range ability wîth typical all-wheel drive efficiency. The result is a power-packed and undeniably sporty drive.
Continuing the adrenaline theme is the Concept-X's strong, athletic exterior implying road-holding ability and modern appeal all at once. The root of this 'muscular' design - the large 20-inch, asymmetrical, six-spoke aluminum alloy wheels wîth bold wheel arches and flared fenders - gives the Suzuki Concept-X a surprisingly larger profile than its 72.2-inch width and 196.7-inch length would lead drivers to believe.
Adding to the vehicle's powerful presence is its dynamic wedge-shaped and wrap-rounded shoulder line. The aggressive styling is enhanced wîth LED headlamps and a distinctive 'watermark' pattern projected from front turn signals. The SÚV also embodies a modern satin silver chrome front and rear grille underguard. To showcase the look of speed and projection, the Concept-X boasts wide and bold integrated headlamps.
For a combination of entertainment and information, the Concept-X offers an array of technology for both driver and passengers. A satellite television and complete DVD/DVR player wîth dual 12-inch LCD screens are in the second and thirds rows. To enable passengers to stay productive while on the go, the Concept-X offers integrated Bluetooth technology for cellular phones, PDAs, e-mail and navigation to provide traffic and weather conditions and in-route course adjustment.
Suzuki is focused on the highest safety ideology and the Concept-X has many attributes to ensure optimum protection. The SÚV features ABS, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and curtain airbags for all six passengers. Dual, heat-sensing perimeter CCD cameras wîth a warning detector prevents driving over objects within the vehicle's proximity. Other key safety features include automatic 911 calling (for collision, airbag deployment or theft) and active cruise control.
In addition to a Concept-X production derivative planned in 2006, some of the elements incorporated into the vehicle are likely to find their way on other future Suzuki vehicles.
Suzuki's Expanded Product Line
Today's unveiling of the Suzuki Concept-X comes after the launch of four all-new Suzuki production vehicles in just two years as part of its 357 Plan.
Joining the Suzuki Concept-X on the North American International Auto Show display floor is the premium compact Forenza sedan, midsize Verona sedan, compact five-door Reno, versatile Forenza Wagon, and restyled Aerio. On the SÚV side, Suzuki showcases the right-sized XL-7 - a full-capability sport-utility vehicle that has the sheer toughness to stand up to off-road challenges, yet the refined comfort to be perfectly at home on city streets. In all, the 2005 Suzuki product line is on track to cement its position as the value-packed choice - truly the smart move for car and SÚV buyers.
About American Suzuki
The Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation, Brea, Calif., was founded in 1985 by Suzuki Motor Corporation. ASMC markets automobiles in the Únited States through a network of more than 540 automotive dealerships in 49 states. ASMC's parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide automobile manufacturer. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 139 distributors in 125 countries.Source - Suzuki
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