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Suzuki goes big with new SX4

2013-03-06 12:11

Suzuki is unveiling its all-new SX4 Crossover at the 83rd Geneva motor show. The new crossover is a production model based on the S-Cross, which the automaker showcased at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

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Suzuki’s designers and engineers began developing the new model as a successor to the current SX4. However, while responding to customer expectations with regard to crossovers in Europe and other parts of the world, they realised that they needed to "think bigger". While moving into the C segment with its increased size, the new model inherits the “SX4” emblem - Suzuki (“S”) crossover (“X”) and four-wheel drive (“4”).

The automaker claims that as a result of focusing on giving the new vehicle distinctive crossover styling, class leading space for passengers and luggage (one of the largest luggage capacities in its class (430 litres), next generation all-wheel-drive performance and low CO2 emissions, it achieves a remarkable combination of styling, utility, performance and fuel economy.
Key features:

The styling combines a sporty crossover shape, strong lines, and aerodynamic design. The all-wheel-drive system has four driver-selectable driving modes for better performance and safety under diverse conditions. The car has low CO2 emissions for a C segment crossover because of its engine refinements, aerodynamic shape, and the high tensile steel used in the bodywork. It boasts a double sliding glass panoramic sunroof – the first of its kind.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

It includes chrome items at the front; diode daytime running lights; contoured shoulders along the side lines; and two part rear combination lights. Aerodynamics is expressed in every area of the design.

Besides its good looks it has all-wheel-drive SUV capability; handling – derived from the Swift; straight running stability thanks to a long wheelbase; low CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. The car’s powertrain technologies ensure environmental compatibility while delivering performance expected of a C segment crossover. Engine options are 1.6-litre petrol, based on the current M16A, and the 1.6-litre diesel. A five-speed manual transmission is available with the 1.6-litre petrol engine.

The continuously variable transmission (CVT) has an auxiliary transmission which extends the range of gear ratios for a combination of acceleration, hill climbing performance and fuel efficiency.

The vehicle, the automaker claims, gives both drivers and passenger’s peace of mind in everyday motoring by means of its stability and comprehensive active and passive safety facilities. It also incorporates a range of standard safety features which protect pedestrians.

Bigger than its predecessor its overall length is 4 300mm with a 2 600mm wheelbase which allows significant cabin space; the distance between front and rear occupants is 814mm.

Comments
  • Christo - 2013-03-07 08:52

    Glad to see there will be a diesel version. I hope they launch a diesel version of the Jimny as well.

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