Suzuki iV-4 crossover concept Frankfurt 2013 Motor Show (c) Suzuki

Suzuki iV-4 concept revealed at Frankfurt 2013

The Suzuki iV-4 off-roader concept has made its world debut here at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show – the Japanese carmaker has recognised the importance of the compact crossover, rolling out its new iV-4 mid-size SUV to take on a set of tough rivals.

But the Suzuki iV-4 concept has the credentials to succeed – naturally – and previews the future of Suzuki’s SUV styling. You could be looking at the replacement fort the Suzuki Grand Vitara

We love Suzuki’s approach to the iV-4. The name – standing for ‘individual’, ‘vehicle’ and ‘four-wheel drive’ – is pretty simple, but underneath the car is hi-tech.

Suzuki claims even with its next generation ‘Allgrip’ four-wheel drive system, the production version of the iV-4 will offer a low kerb weight and “among the best CO2 emissions in its class.”

Suzuki iV-4 crossover concept 4x4 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (c) Suzuki

And if the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross crossover is anything to go by, that efficiency should be very impressive indeed.

The firm is yet to highlight what engines will power the iV-4, but expect the 120hp 1.6-litre petrol and turbodiesel engine from the larger Suzuki SX4 S-Cross to feature.

This gives great performance and efficiency in Suzuki’s larger SUV – the petrol is the quickest, accelerating from 0-62mph in 11 seconds dead, while the diesel is the most efficient, returning a claimed 67.2mph with 110g/km CO2 – so expect improved figures for the smaller, lighter iV-4.

According to Suzuki, the iV-4 concept has been designed with the theme “Grab your field”. That means the compact 4×4 is a modern, rugged-looking, pumped-up little off-roader, with a few traditional Suzuki design details. The end result is a stunning looking 4×4.

Those familiar styling cues from Suzuki include the five-part grille and clamshell bonnet – don’t be at all surprised to see these features make production, as Suzuki is saying the iV-4 is an indication of what the firm’s future SUVs, big and small, could look like. Very promising indeed.

Suzuki iV-4 SUV 4x4 concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (c) Suzuki

Getting its first ever outing here at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the iV-4 is still very fresh, with a follow-up production model not scheduled to go on sale until 2015.

When it does hit the market, the road-going version of the iV-4 will likely replace the current Grand Vitara off-roader so could be available in three- and five-door guise. We reckon prices will start around £17,000, which would make it extremely competitively priced and great value for money.

We’re glad to report the Suzuki iV-4 boasts strong looks and great potential – in fact, it’s one of the most interesting cars here at the show in Germany.

Its visuals alone could steal sales from some established 4x4s, so with Suzuki’s efficient engine range, off-road capability and strong potential pricing, the Suzuki iV-4 is shaping up to be a winner.

So why not let us know what you think of Suzuki’s new styling direction – do you like the looks, practicality and potential efficiency? Tweet to us @twwhiteandsons or leave us a comment on Facebook.