Suzuki iM-4 production version leaked via patent sketches

Patent sketches of Suzuki iM-4 production version has been leaked, giving us a fair idea on how the mini crossover would look like. The emergence of production spec patents suggest that the car may get ready sooner than expected.

The retro classic styling of iM-4 concept must have received a widely positive feedback from the public, for Suzuki’s designers have done nothing to modify or water it down. The only visible differences between the concept and the production version are the wing mirrors, headlamps, fog lights, door handles and alloy wheels.

The SUV which appears to be have a body length shorter than 4 m could be a very close relative of Maruti YBA mini SUV. Based on the automaker’s new global compact car platform which also underpins Baleno hatchback (iK-2 concept), iM-4 production version would be powered by the new 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbocharged petrol engine.

Suzuki iM-4 production version patent sketch rear three quarter
Suzuki iM-4 concept’s retro classic design has been retained by the production version.

The crossover would also benefit from SHVS system (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) which incorporates an Integrated Starter Motor, regenerative braking system and a compact li-ion battery system. The mild hybrid system is claimed to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions by taking considerable load off the IC engine.

Just like how iK-2 concept became Baleno in its production avatar, the production version of iM-4 is likely to feature a different nameplate. It should be market ready in a year’s time from now.

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