Production-ready Suzuki S-Cross crossover to star at Geneva 2013

The production-ready version of Suzuki’s S-Cross crossover concept will make its world debut at next month’s 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The unveiling of the as yet un-named vehicle will show what Suzuki’s mid-size crossover will look like and follows the prototype mid-size off-roader first shown in Paris last year.

Details are scarce, but we know the car will go up against the Nissan Qashqai, so expect a five-seat layout – with the possible option of seven seats in the future – and plenty of practicality to cope with the rigours of day-to-day life.

The Japanese manufacturer has hinted at the flexibility of its new crossover saying, “with its clear crossover styling, its roomy interior and one of the largest luggage areas in the crossover segment, the new model will offer outstanding versatility.”

Going by that little snippet, this is one car we can’t wait to see.

Enticing us further, Suzuki has confirmed that the car will get its advanced four-wheel drive technology, which should ensure plenty of grip and a sure-footed feeling, especially in bad weather.

Sending drive to all of the vehicle’s wheels will be either a 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine.

The intelligent four-wheel drive system – which usually sends power to the front wheels, only sending it rearwards if it senses a loss of grip – will help efficiency, but for those not intending to do any off-roading, for even better fuel economy a two-wheel drive option will be available.

With bulletproof reliability, a sense of fun and style, and superb driving dynamics as exhibited by the rest of the Suzuki range, the signs for its new crossover look promising indeed.

Whether the car will keep the S-Cross concept’s name is yet to be announced. T W White & Sons will be at next month’s 2013 Geneva Motor Show, bringing you the low down on the latest offerings and concepts from Hyundai, Mazda and Suzuki.