Suzuki has unveiled its highly anticipated lineup for the Japan Mobility Show 2023, promising an array of surprises and glimpses into the future of mobility. Among the standout offerings are the next-generation Swift ICE-powered city car, slated for a 2024 release, and the eVX fully electric SUV set to hit the markets in 2025.
The latest iteration of the Swift, although retaining a familiar silhouette, boasts a complete redesign with curvier bodywork, a distinctive fish-mouth honeycomb grille, cutting-edge LED lighting units, and a striking bi-tone livery. Suzuki emphasizes that the new Swift has been engineered with a clear mission: to inject daily life with fun and excitement for its owners. This compact marvel will, like its predecessor, come equipped with an array of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Under the hood of the new Swift lies a “high-efficiency” engine, the exact specifications of which remain shrouded in mystery. While Suzuki keeps its cards close, speculation suggests it may be an enhanced iteration of the mild-hybrid 1.2-liter petrol motor that currently powers the existing model. Notably, Suzuki recently announced the 2024 model year Swift Sport in Japan, indicating that the hot variant of the new Swift might not arrive until late next year.
In the spotlight alongside the new Swift is an evolved version of the Suzuki eVX Concept, initially introduced in January 2023 as a preview of a fully electric small SUV destined for global markets. The exterior retains its core styling cues but now features redesigned headlights and grille, conventional mirrors, and an interior—an element previously absent in the concept. The updated concept closely aligns with the forthcoming production version expected to debut in 2025, with subtle refinements expected based on earlier spy shots.
In terms of specifications, Suzuki reaffirms key dimensions, with the eVX measuring 4,300 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width, and 1,600 mm in height. Suzuki also discloses a targeted range of 500 km, a slight adjustment from the previously suggested 550 km, with the measurement conducted under the Indian MIDC cycle, known for its optimism. The fully electric SUV will incorporate Suzuki's latest electronically-controlled 4×4 technology and house a 60 kWh battery pack.
Suzuki's diverse showcase extends to near-production concepts for the updated Spacia and Spacia Custom kei vans, promising improvements in both style and comfort. The Suzuki e Every Concept offers a glimpse of a fully electric kei van with a projected range of 200 km between charges, entering a competitive arena in Japan.
Completing the impressive lineup is the eWX concept, a forward-looking “mini wagon EV” measuring 3,395 mm in length with a targeted range of 230 km. This concept, while more futuristic in appearance compared to its peers, underscores Suzuki's commitment to innovation.
Beyond automobiles, Suzuki will present an array of motorcycles and a plethora of electric mobility solutions, including a distinctive “four-legged” vehicle and an autonomous delivery robot. The exhibition will also feature a scale model of a flying car slated for unveiling in 2024.
The Japan Mobility Show 2023 promises to be a momentous event for mobility enthusiasts and industry insiders alike, taking place in Tokyo from October 26 to November 5, with October 25 reserved as the press day when all exhibits will be unveiled to the world.