Suzuki Splash | Part Three

Suzuki Splash - Side View

Suzuki Splash

ESP and curtain airbags standard

Splash will also be one of the safest cars in its class – all models are equipped with six airbags – including two full length curtain airbags – and ESP electronic stability as standard – reflecting Suzuki GB’s policy to make ESP a universal fitment on all new models and all major facelifts.

Splash: the fresh, stylish car for couples or families
Following Swift, Grand Vitara and SX4, Splash is Suzuki’s fourth all new model within just three years, and epitomises Suzuki’s ‘Way of Life!’ philosophy that underpins its strategy of building cars that appeal to a universal audience. Like its siblings, Splash incorporates strong European design themes, a key element in Suzuki’s worldwide product development strategy.

While the first phase of that strategy focused on sporting performance, leading Swift, Grand Vitara and SX4 to success, Splash is the first product to emerge from the second development phase, which focuses on couples of all ages and young families as its main target groups.

As a result, this all-new compact delivers the desirability of fresh design, an exuberant spirit and a fun to drive nature, blending them with the practicality and spaciousness demanded by the wide-ranging interests and activities of the average couple or family. Indeed, Splash is designed to cross boundaries and offer something for all ages and driving enjoyment for every member of the family.

The Splash and the Vauxhall/Opel Agila were engineered in Japan with initial styling work, extensive chassis development and driving evaluations carried out in Europe by Suzuki. Styling of those elements unique to each model – headlamps, grille, bonnet, front wings, tailgate, taillights and rear bumper – was carried out by the two respective parties.

Both models are built by Magyar Suzuki Corporation in Esztergom, Hungary, alongside the Suzuki Swift, SX4 and Ignis.

Suzuki is targeting annual sales of approximately 60,000 units throughout Europe

Why Splash? -You could put any number of interpretations on the name ‘Splash’, but it could signify the impact the car will make and of course its connotations of running water do also suggest a certain sparkling freshness….

A mini-MPV that exudes style

Splash’s chic exterior styling skilfully strikes a balance between form and function. Despite its average mini-MPV height of almost 1.6 m, Suzuki designers have successfully avoided a design that appears overly tall. Key elements are boldly protruding, arched wings near the extreme corners of the body which convey a strong sense of stability and sure-footedness.

In the pursuit of a sporty, intrepid look, that well-planted stance is complemented by the use of sharp, angular elements in the side window profile, in the expressive three cylinder headlamps, and in the high-mount rear combination lamps which are shaped to visually express splashes of water in keeping with the name of the car.

The distinctive frontal treatment features a multifaceted nose with corners that sweep back and a prominent front grille which continues above and below the bumper line and whose lines flow back into the edges of the bonnet. Front foglamps, standard on GLS+ and DDiS, are set into apertures flanking the lower grille.

Sculpted, three-dimensional curves are used extensively and the rising character lines that flow along the sides of the body to the tailgate create a bold and visually appealing form which is hard to achieve with a car as small as Splash. The flowing roof line is combined with an almost vertical rear window to convey a sense of lively movement and to give the cabin an elongated look, at the same time boosting aerodynamic efficiency (Splash has a drag coefficient of 0.32).

Compact dimensions – overall length is 3730 mm, just 20 mm up on Swift – mean the Splash remains a highly manoeuvrable proposition about town and the turning circle is just 9.4 m.

The Splash is offered in 10 colours, two of which in particular were selected to express the spontaneous energy of the Splash name – Splash Green, a lime green with a touch of blue and Lagoon Turquoise.

Suzuki Splash | Part Four
Published 5 February 2008 Melanie Carter

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