Suzuki has reportedly given the iM-4 mini crossover the green light for production, with sales expected to begin in 2018.
According to a source cited by Auto Express, the iM-4 is almost production ready and will undergo very few changes in terms of styling compared to the Geneva concept car. The retro-styled iM-4 pays tribute to the Suzuki SC 100 Whizzkid Coupe of the 1970s.
The iM-4 will have a starting price of around £11,000 ($17,225) in the UK and will be offered with two- or four-wheel drive.
The engine lineup will include the naturally aspirated 1.2-liter Dualjet and the new Boosterjet turbocharged 1.0-liter petrol units. A mild or full hybrid model may also be considered.
When it goes on sale, the iM-4 will sit alongside the new Celerio city car at the lower end of Suzuki’s range. Despite speculation and similar dimensions, the Suzuki iM-4 will not replace the Jimny, which will continue to be sold until at least 2018 before new model arrives with a different look but based on a similar ladder chassis with permanent all-wheel drive.
The iM-4’s only competitor in the A-segment will be the Fiat Panda 4×4.