Minivans are seldom considered being particularly cool. The outcome has actually been a decrease in sales as the numerous image-conscious parents out there flock to crossovers rather. As an outcome, minivan principle vehicles are typically totally bonkers, as carmakers clearly hope that going so far in the other instructions will motivate buyers to reevaluate the section. It never really seems to work but it’s extremely amusing to watch, and the brand-new Air Triser concept from Suzuki exhibits everything that makes goofy minivan principles so terrific.
The concept is being unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, as a part of the “Suzuki Next 100” theme for the carmaker’s cubicle. Because Suzuki’s 100th anniversary is coming up in 2020, it is using this opportunity to show off a little bit of what is said to make up the lineup for the beginning of the next 100 years. The principles are for that reason wild and futuristic, although they are simultaneously retro in their style. This is seen specifically in the front fascia of the Air Triser. But unlike the Mighty Deck principle, which is plainly just an upgraded variation of the Mighty Boy kei car, the Air Triser isn’t really made to appear like anything particular from Suzuki’s past.
Suzuki Air Triser Design
A compact minivan and more, the 3-row Suzuki Air Triser Concept lets its guests travel in a social-focused world where seating can be quickly and easily folded, moved or otherwise reconfigured into “lounge” or “relaxation” modes when the vehicle is parked. Guests can opt to communicate with each other or watch shows from their mobile phones shown on a big high-res show that extends from one of the B-pillars.
Complementing the Air Triser’s big dual-sliding doors are twin panoramic glass sunroof panels and wood floor/trim bits. With visual cues and a color scheme that remember Volkswagen’s equally cool Bulli Concept, this Suzuki one-off features hybrid power that teams a 1.4-liter fuel engine with an electric motor. Completing the drivetrain is a 5-speed automated transmission that delivers power to all four wheels.
Suzuki Air Triser Drivetrain
Power originates from a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing a concealed quantity 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 great deal 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 plainly offered inspiration for the design of the principle were kei cars, tiny little cars developed to make the outright most of Japan’s tax and insurance policies. The engine displacement for this principle is well outside of exactly what is permitted for such cars, and the hybrid system and all-wheel-drive would no doubt make it too heavy too.
Suzuki Air Triser Conclusion
The Air Triser is a very Japanese sort of vehicle. Retro styling is still pretty popular in the Japanese domestic market, and this is especially real of kei cars. Last year’s Alto Turbo RS principle, likewise from Suzuki, is a good example of this, as is the Mighty Deck idea that will debut along with the Air Triser. But what makes this idea different is that it isn’t really a kei car. It’s a rather larger car styled to appear like an older kei car, and that is a very rare thing indeed. It has all of the craziness that you want in a principle like this, although just once, it would truly be great if a few of these actually ever made it to production.