Suzuki Motor Corporation launched its eccentric-styled XBee Crossover in Japan, pronounced as Cross Bee is based on the HearTech Platform and fifth product in this lineup after Baleno, Ignis, Swift and Dzire. The XBee was made its global debut in its concept version at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October 2017.
Suzuki motors has this time came up with a different and significant design. The car seems a fusion of wagon and crossover and looks more alike of a compact Mini Cooper Countryman. The XBee pronounced as Cross-Bee is inspired by Suzuki Hustler which is already on sale in Japanese Market. The Car shares a lot of cues with Ignis, like the instrument cluster, infotainment system, steering wheel, climate control system, including the Alloy wheels. The car retains the Tall boy tag like wagon-R. The Car is comparatively longer with 3760 mm than KUV1oo which is same as Ignis at 3700 mm. the width is 1670 in XBee, 1735 mm in KUV1oo and 1690 in Ignis. The height is interestingly at 1705 mm, 1655 mm in KUV1oo and 1595 mm in Ignis. Though the figures suggests a slim yet tall car but the car looks quite SUV alike. The Crossover has been priced in range of ¥ 1,765,800 – ¥ 2,234,520 (around Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 12.64 lakh).
The Car shares the same engine from Baleno RS which is a 1.0-Litre Boosterjet direct-injected turbocharged petrol engine which churns out 99PS @ 5500rpm and 150Nm of peak torque between 1700-4000rpm, mated with 6-speed automatic transmission and has option of 4WD (four-wheel-drive) as well with drive modes like Sport and snow. The crossover also features the Suzuki’s mild hybrid technology “Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki” (SHVS) which is also available with Ertiga, Swift, Swift Dzire, Celerio, Ciaz and S-Cross. The Car also features few exclusive safety technology by Suzuki like Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) and Back-up Brake Support collision-mitigation systems along with a 360-degree camera.
Well, XBee may not be launched in India as for many reasons. Though the car has an outstanding presence and looks a mini SUV it may not run great in Indian Market as the look-a-like Ignis is already at bottom list in sales figures comparatively to the other cars in the stable of Suzuki. The Crossover may contradict with sales of Ignis, which Suzuki may not want to have. However, the car if launched in India can become a good option for consumers to choose among KUV1oo and Ignis as there a not many players in this segment.