Suzuki XA Alpha Concept Revealed in India
Suzuki today unveiled the XA Alpha compact crossover concept at India's New Delhi Motor Show. The rugged XA uses the same basic chassis as the Suzuki Swift hatchback, according to a report from Autocar.
The car was actually built by Maruti Suzuki India Limited, a division of Suzuki that is India's largest seller of passenger cars. The name XA Alpha denotes the concept car's intentions: X means crossover, A means entry-level vehicle, and Suzuki says "'Alpha' represents trendiness and newness that the youth connect to." At just 157.5 inches long, the XA Alpha is approximately four inches shorter than a Mini Countryman.
Chunky styling, a blacked-out B-pillar, and a short greenhouse with sloped roof make the Suzuki resemble a Range Rover Evoque. The front fascia wears C-shaped running lights, while the liftgate has narrow taillights that rise around the sides of the rear windshield.
Autocar reports that the Alpha's small size allows it to qualify for lower tax rates in India, and that the car would be targeted to young buyers. It seems likely that Suzuki will put the XA Alpha into production, and with a choice of its "K-Series" gasoline or diesel engines. It could go on sale as soon as 2014. The concept has 19-inch wheels; a production model would be offered with optional four-wheel drive. Suzuki says it will "create new categories in the utility vehicle segment" and has "lined up a busy product plan."
Sources: Suzuki, Autocar