The Suzuki Ionis which was first put on display at the
2005 Tokyo Motor Show was a highly futuristic city car
concept which looked like it had escaped off the set of
a science fiction film.
The styling of the front end has a peculiar theme which
is not immediately apparent. It's kind of like one of
those 3D posters where if you blur your eyes you see the
picture. Well blur your eyes while looking at the Suzuki
Ionis and you'll either see an unhappy fish or a slightly
The design of the Ionis is quite unique in the small car
segment. It has a monobox layout and bold styling cues
like the aforementioned face, and chunky silver windscreen
and roof surround.
Access to the interior is via four sliding doors. The
front doors move forward, while the rear doors slide backwards.
Once inside it's immediately obvious that the interior
design is just as daring and futuristic as the exterior.
The driver gets an aircraft-yoke style steering wheel,
and a multi-panel TFT monitor instead of conventional
dashboard instrumentation. The seats can be rearranged
and moved in a variety of ways to configure the interior
for either people or cargo hauling duties.
Powering the Suzuki Ionis was a hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain
which is located under the floor to increase the available
space within the cabin.