Minivans are not often considered being especially cool. The outcome has actually been a decrease in sales as the numerous image-conscious parents out there flock to crossovers instead. As a result, minivan principle vehicles are often totally bonkers, as carmakers clearly hope that presuming in the other direction will inspire purchasers to reconsider the segment. It never ever truly appears to work but it’s extremely entertaining to enjoy, and the brand-new Air Triser principle from Suzuki exhibits everything that makes wacky minivan principles so great.
The idea is being revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show, as a part of the “Suzuki Next 100” style for the carmaker’s booth. Considering that Suzuki’s 100th anniversary is coming up in 2020, it is utilizing this opportunity to display a bit of exactly what is said to make up the lineup for the outset of the next 100 years. The principles are for that reason wild and futuristic, although they are at the same time retro in their design. This is seen particularly in the front fascia of the Air Triser. However unlike the Mighty Deck principle, which is plainly simply an updated version of the Mighty Boy kei car, the Air Triser isn’t made to look like anything specific from Suzuki’s past.
Suzuki Air Triser Design
A compact minivan and more, the 3-row Suzuki Air Triser Concept lets its travelers travel in a social-focused realm where seating can be rapidly and quickly folded, moved or otherwise reconfigured into “lounge” or “relaxation” modes when the vehicle is parked. Travelers can opt to communicate with each other or enjoy programming from their smart devices shown on a large high-res show that extends from one of the B-pillars.
Matching the Air Triser’s large dual-sliding doors are twin panoramic glass sunroof panels and wood floor/trim bits. With visual hints and a color pattern that remember Volkswagen’s similarly cool Bulli Concept, this Suzuki one-off features hybrid power that teams a 1.4-liter gas engine with an electrical motor. Completing the drivetrain is a 5-speed automated transmission that delivers power to all 4 wheels.
Suzuki Air Triser Drivetrain
Power comes from a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing a concealed amount of horsepower. This is also connected to some sort of hybrid system and power is sent to all 4 wheels. Suzuki hasn’t provided a lot of information about this, but it’s not as though the Air Triser is heading off to car dealerships anytime quickly. Still the drivetrain is an intriguing part of the story of the concept.
The microvans that clearly provided inspiration for the design of the concept were kei cars, small little cars constructed to make the outright most of Japan’s tax and insurance coverage regulations. The engine displacement for this concept is well beyond exactly what is permitted for such cars, and the hybrid system and all-wheel-drive would no doubt make it too heavy as well.
Suzuki Air Triser Conclusion
The Air Triser is an extremely Japanese sort of vehicle. Retro styling is still quite popular in the Japanese domestic market, and this is particularly real of kei cars. In 2015’s Alto Turbo RS concept, likewise from Suzuki, is a good example of this, as is the Mighty Deck principle that will debut alongside the Air Triser. But exactly what makes this idea different is that it isn’t really in fact a kei car. It’s a rather larger car styled to appear like an older kei car, which is a really uncommon thing indeed. It has all of the craziness that you want in a concept like this, although simply once, it would truly be great if a few of these really ever made it to production.