Authentic S concept debuts the new face of Suzuki
The Shanghai Motor Show Is currently underway, which is mostly exciting if you’re a Chinese citizen, as most of the cars debuted there are Chinese market-only miodels. But there are some concept cars on the periphery that are interesting.
One of those is Suzuki’s Authentic S concept: a proposal for a new C-segment sedan that might be relevant across more than just the burgeoning Chinese market.
Like most auto makers, Suzuki is keen to expand its foothold in China, and the Authentic S is very likely to herald the design language of both a new four-door, due to slot in below the current, D-segment Kizashi sedan.
The car’s looks are very bold, even off the high watermark set by the Kizashi, even if it is still very much aimed at the Chinese market in this prototype configuration. The low profile, and extended midsection are staple features to attract Chinese buyers, but we think that the general design direction of the newcomer will remain when the production version makes its way to Europe.
Anything hidden under the body panels is still a mystery, but insiders have indicated that it will share the same engine line-up as the soon to be released, all-new SX4 unveiled at the recent Geneva Motor Show.
Suzuki is known to be keen on expanding its footprint globally, and to augment its reputation as the maker of primary small and subcompact cars by introducing new models in segments it has not competed in before. The new sedan will slot in below the Kizashi, and will target the likes of VW’s Jetta and the Toyota Corolla.