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11 October 2012

Paris 2012: Suzuki S-Cross my heart and hope to drive

Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Suzuki Motor Corporation
Suzuki has established its name in motorsports with its line of off-road vehicles. The Japanese automaker has been at the forefront of SUV’s since the launch of the Jimny - consequently bearing the Vitara and Grand Vitara - and has pioneered the crossover segment in Europe with the SX4. But now, Suzuki is forging its way into the crossover C-segment with its newly-launched concept, the S-Cross.
In a specially-created Crystal Green Metallic body color, the S-Cross was premiered at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Sporting 20-inch chrome wheels, the Suzuki S-Cross stands at 1.60 meters tall, 1.84 meters wide, and 4.31 meters long with a wheelbase of 2.60 meters. That makes it similarly-sized to its would-be competitors such as the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, and upcoming all-new Ford Escape.
According to Suzuki, the chrome-plated details extending from its LED headlamps and tail lamps are supposed to suggest “the muscles of an animal.” But the overall shape reminds me more of a leaf or a grasshopper - and quite like a frog from the front view. The two tones of chrome in the front grill are a nice touch. 
Of course, its form has function. It is promised to have one of the largest luggage spaces in the crossover C-segment. The downwards sloping roofline and aerodynamic body contours should help the vehicle move smoothly, and thus reduce fuel consumption. (This car isn’t colored green for nothing!)
Regardless of what it looks like, Suzuki promises more comfort, practicality, and drivability with their new crossover, veering more towards an urban lifestyle than an off-roading weekend warrior. The S-Cross hopes to make an adventure out of daily city tasks as well as a pleasurable experience out of long trips. It would embody Suzuki’s slogan, “Way of Life!” and hopes to cater to a wider range of needs.
The S-Cross will be the first in what Suzuki hopes to be an annual European model launch starting 2013, and we hope the production version will look just as daring. More importantly, we hope the production version drives as well as the concept looks. According to the manufacturer, the S-Cross will have one of the lowest CO2 emissions in the C-segment. But if its predecessors are any indication, Suzuki is a brand that delivers. Surely, this eco-friendly crossover will be a welcome contender in its class.