Starting next year, Suzuki is looking to launch one new car every year in the European market. First up? An all-new compact crossover previewed by the S-Cross Concept, which debuted earlier this week at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
Don't be fooled by the S-Cross' aggressive stance – it's actually quite small. In fact, at just 169.7 inches long, it’s roughly an inch longer than the stubby 2013 Buick Encore. It should slot into Suzuki's European lineup between the SX4 Crossover and the Grand Vitara; however, it will outshine either of the brand's existing crossover/ SUV offerings by way of its handsome appearance. The front end is dominated by a large grille opening similar to that found on the new Swift Sport and Splash hatchbacks, and – on the concept, at least – decked out with LED headlights, running lights, and a smattering of chrome trim. A defined character line reminiscent of an Infiniti's splits the profile; the lower half is dominated by five-spoke 20-inch chrome wheels, while the upper half has eye-catching blacked-out A- and B-pillars. A pert rump draws heavily from the Audi Q3 and Q5 crossovers.
Suzuki has yet to detail what powers the S-Cross Concept or what will be found under the hood of the new crossover. However, the new model will be the brand's first entry into the hotly contested compact crossover segment, which is already bursting with models like the Mazda CX-5, Ford Kuga (called the Escape here), and the Honda CR-V. Expect the production-spec S-Cross crossover to share its platform with the Swift hatchback. That car is powered by either a 1.2-liter I-4 or a 1.3-liter direct-injected diesel four-cylinder with the choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic; don't be surprised to see the same powertrain offerings appear in the new crossover.
Suzuki will debut the production model closer to its introduction in Europe next year. Click here for the rest of Automobile Magazine's coverage of the 2012 Paris Motor Show.