Back in 2004, a team of 10 Suzuki designers lived in Germany for 6 months to analyse European trends in cars, fashion, lifestyle and design. Suzuki wanted this data for the styling of a new European A-segment mini-MPV, which targetted phase 2 of Suzuki’s new World-Strategy revival plan. Phase 1 spawned new icons like the new Suzuki Swift and Swift Sport, and this new mini-MPV would be the fourth car that Suzuki would have launched in the last 3 years.
Basically, the team headed by Akira Kamio produced three concepts and conducted model clinics, and finally Suzuki’s Project Splash was shown to the world in Q3 last year at the Paris motor show. Project Splash evolved into the Suzuki Splash, also rebadged by Vauxhall and Opel as the Vauxhall/Opel Agila.
The Suzuki Splash will make it’s debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, and will go on sale in 2008. Three engine choices are available – gasoline choices consist of a Suzuki 1.0 litre 65 PS 3-cylinder engine and a Suzuki 1.2 litre 86 PS 4-cylinder engine also found in the new Swift 1.2 litre, while oil burner fans can have their Suzuki Splash powered by a Fiat-sourced 1.3 litre 75 PS unit. All engines come with 5-speed manusl except for the 1.2 litre petrol which has an optional 4-speed auto.