Friday, 18 May 2007

New Suzuki Splash

Due for world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show 2007 (in September), the new Suzuki Splash is a refreshing and cute all-new small passenger car hoping to capture a sizeable share of the A-segment growing market in Europe. The new flexible compact car combines the sportiness of Suzuki’s successful model Swift with the technologies and immense know-how of the Japanese world market leader in the mini car segment.

The Splash is not the successor of any specific former Suzuki model, but a brand-new concept to satisfy the needs of motorists for space, compactness, modern design, aerodynamics, quality, driveability, performance and environmental friendliness. The safety equipment encompasses state-of-the-art features such as six airbags and an Electronic Stability Program (ESP). Within the global growth strategy of Suzuki, the Splash is already the fourth entirely new model within three years after the launch of Swift, Grand Vitara and SX4.

Within this market segment, this supermini is a cocoon of a relatively tall body (1.6 metres) based on the chassis from the sporty Swift. With its overall length of 3.7 metres and width of 1.7 metres, it offers an ample vertical space and comfortable roomy cabin with sufficient legroom for adults on all seats. Its modern design leads to excellent aerodynamic efficiency and consequently to low carbon-dioxide emissions.

It will be available with two different petrol engines: a 1.0L, three-cylinder, 12-valve engine with maximum power of 65bhp and a 1.2L, four-cylinder, 16-valve motor with maximum power of 86bhp. With these engines, low friction and useable flat torque delivery at low and mid-range speeds help to ensure good driveability across the rev range while promoting fuel economy and limiting CO2 emissions. European motorists preferring a diesel engine can choose a proven 1.3L, common-rail turbodiesel, 16-valve oil burner with optional particulate filter and a maximum power of 75bhp. The petrol engines were both newly developed by Suzuki Motor Corporation as next-generation powerplants. The diesel engine will be produced at Suzuki’s plant in India under licence from GM Powertrain Europe.

Suzuki aims to sell up to 60,000 units per year of the Splash in Europe. The brand-new model has been developed by Suzuki Motor Corporation and will be produced by its subsidiary company Magyar Suzuki Corporation in Hungary.

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