New teaser sheds light on the compact SUV concept’s looks; to be built on Suzuki’s lightweight ‘Heartect’ platform.

Maruti Suzuki has dropped another teaser of its showstopper for the Auto Expo 2018, the ‘Concept Future S’, and it reveals what the face of this new compact SUV concept will be like.

Designed completely in-house, Maruti says that the Future S will preview an all-new design language for the compact car segment. The company also states that, with its compact SUV concept, it has achieved the next level of “design evolution” in terms of proportions, body sculpting and fusing bold patterns and colours.

While it will make its debut at the Auto Expo 2018 in concept form, the production version of the Future S will slot in below the massively popular Vitara Brezza as Maruti wants to enjoy the same success in a lower segment.

The Future S will be over 200mm shorter than the Vitara Brezza, and getting the design right will be a challenge for Maruti Suzuki. But it has a high bonnet line, near-vertical A-pillars and design cues that make it a more of a traditional SUV than a crossover. It’s a formula that has worked well for the Vitara Brezza, and should appeal to the wide customer base Maruti has in mind for the concept’s production version.

The production version of the Future S will be built on Suzuki’s lightweight ‘Heartect’ platform, while engine options are likely to include the trusty K-series 1.2-litre petrol with some form of electrification, and a future 1.5-litre diesel, developed in-house, could enter showrooms later this year or in early 2019.

Also on display will be the e-Survivor electric SUV concept, a working model of the next-generation Suzuki Hybrid system and, of course, the all-new Swift.

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