Suzuki e-Survivor Concept Revealed Ahead of 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Suzuki Reveals e-Survivor Ahead of 2017 Tokyo Motor Show 10 photos
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Suzuki is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020. They haven't been making cars for that long, of course, but the small Japanese operation is optimistic about its future and has revealed a concept called the e-Survivor. Like many of BMW's concept from last year, it aims to figure out the next 100 years.
But while the Germans think we should give up driving altogether and just let the machines take care of it, Suzuki goes the opposite direction. The e-Suriver believes we should be having even more off-road fun, admittedly in an environmentally friendly, purely electric way.

The proportions of this concept make it very easy for us to see it as a preview for the Jimny, but Suzuki also mentions the Escudo name, which is used in some markets for the Vitara. The e-Survivor is 3,460mm long, 1,645mm wide, 1,655mm wide and has a tiny wheelbase of only 2,300mm. What that makes it is smaller even than most city cars, but it's got a big personality.

The overall design is like that of a buggy. The blue lighting of the futuristic wheels leaves you in no doubt that this is an EV. The front end puts a rugged spin on a classic Jeep-like face, while the doors are see-through. There's no roof either, leaving the two people inside completely exposed to the elements.

However, the electronics equipment is inspired by the latest trends. There's an enormous panoramic screen going along the whole dash and a 3D globe for the navigation. The passenger gets "news" while the driver receives his speed and traction details right on the steering wheel. However, the speedometer is analog... because you need that in an EV.

This fantasy vehicle has high levels of articulation, amphibious capabilities and a independent power for each wheel. But it's not the only car coming to Tokyo, as Suzuki has a host of kei car debuts planned, including the Spacia concept, Spacia Custom, XBee, and Carry Open-Air Market Concept.
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