Craigslist and eBay have preserved the Suzuki Samurai experience, that innocent expression of 1980s beach cruising. This Suzuki e-Survivor concept premiering at the Tokyo auto show is only a Japanese dream, sadly, and while details are fuzzy, we know that despite the company’s claim of “Excitement for Everyone, in Everywhere,” this future ute won’t apply to us.
The e-Survivor is a hard-core runt with two seats, four wheel-mounted electric motors, and transparent doors to expose Day-Glo shorts. It’s built on a ladder frame and features an old-school T-top–style brace running down the center of the roof. Its substantial ground clearance, short overhangs, and total absence of axles could ensure epic electric off-roading. The design is so symmetrical that the rear uses what appear to be the same lighting cutouts and bumpers as the front. From a manufacturing perspective, the e-Survivor could survive on low build costs alone.
Suzuki goes basic on interior furnishings until the ignition switches on. Then it goes ballistic, with a lawn-ornament orb that becomes a 3D display, another screen on the steering-wheel hub, a full-width dash screen with integrated side-view camera displays, and more screens on the seats for climate adjustments. The could never have imagined such a world.