Suzuki is about to embark on a major product offensive in Europe and one of the keys to its master plan involves adding a modern C-segment crossover to its model mix. On sale in production form during 2013, Suzuki offered an early look at this lifestyle-oriented on/off-road rambler by unveiling the S-Cross Concept at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Although this upsized offering won't be the replacement for Suzuki's aging SX4 in the U.S. market, it's more elegantly assertive design language is likely to influence whatever successor does turn up here.
Finished in a special Crystal Green Metallic intended to evoke "nature in the city and the city in nature," the Suzuki S-Cross Concept makes a strong and emotional styling statement. Bold key lines and sleeker aero profiling are matched with more purposeful touches like LED lighting front and rear, prominently flared fender arches filled with a 20-inch wheel/tire package, and a front skid plate. While some aspects of this new look may be toned down as it makes the transition from one-off to series-build status, the basics are destined to remain largely the same.
There's still no word on powertrain choices for the production Suzuki S-Cross, although the automaker has confirmed it will deliver exceptional fuel economy and ultra-low CO2 emissions in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive configurations in addition to a sporty driving demeanor. Suzuki also confirmed the 4WD package used in the new S-Cross will be based on an evolution of the current system, another design enhancement that's certain to find its way into other Suzuki vehicles that are sold in America. While the Paris show car lacked cabin detail, Suzuki indicated that the passenger compartment of the production S-Cross will prioritize comfort and practicality while offering one of the largest cargo areas of any C-segment crossover.