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Suzuki SX4
Compact take-me-anywhere hatchback SUV

Suzuki SX4 compact SUV - beach view

Suzuki SX4 compact SUV: comfortable at beach...

2nd March 2006.

Suzuki has just launched at the Geneva International Motor Show (public days from 2nd the 12th March) its brand new SX4 lightweight SUV and... practical 5-door hatchback.

The all-new SX4 is the result of a joint development agreement between Fiat Auto S.p.A. and Suzuki, with the maker of the recently launched new Grand Vitara taking the initiative for the project management from concept to mass production.

SX4 models sold in Europe are built at Magyar Suzuki Corporation in Hungary where 60,000 units will be produced during 2006, 40,000 for Suzuki’s European markets and 20,000 for Fiat, which will market its version as the Fiat Sedici.

Suzuki SX4 compact SUV - urban, night view

At ease in cities, with a minimum turning radius of 5.3 metres...

In the UK market, the initial line-up will comprise a 107 PS 1.6 litre VVT petrol engine (from early April) and a Fiat-made diesel alternative (this summer):

1 - A front-wheel drive model in either GL or GLX grades (petrol),
2 - The 4GRIP GLX with selectable/automatic four-wheel drive (petrol),
3 - A 120 PS 1.9 litre DDiS diesel derivative which uses a highly flexible engine supplied by Fiat.

Following Swift and Grand Vitara, the SX4 represents Suzuki’s third global strategic model. It also forms the basis for its new World Rally Championship challenger.

Model grades will be available as GLX and GL models. GLX and 4GRIP GLX underline their SUV look with alloy wheels, wheel arch extensions, side protection mouldings, side under protection mouldings and front and rear skid plates. The GL grade emphasises the passenger car characteristics with fewer SUV elements.

Interior - The two-tone interior is predominantly black, highlighted with metallic coloured accents and wedge-shaped motifs, with an ergonomic instrument panel.

The centre panel houses an audio system, climate control dials, and other amenities. The large dials of the optional fully automatic air conditioner have ring lights. Both the standard air conditioning (automatic on GLX models) and audio system are flush with the surface.

The Suzuki SX4 accommodates up to five people and their luggage needs, while retaining its sleek look, with the rear seats slightly higher than the front ones. The minimum turning radius of 5.3 metres helps particularly in narrow urban streets (for dimensions, see the Suzuki SX4 specifications page).

The rear seats are split 60:40 and can be tumbled forward to create an almost fully flat load floor. Boot capacity is 270 litres (VDA), increasing to 625 litres (VDA) when the rear seats are folded. Discreet storage compartments throughout the cabin add further convenience. All doors have large pockets and large bottle holders.

Engines - The Suzuki SX4 was engineered from the outset to be 4x4-capable, yet still deliver sharp, dynamic performance. Suzuki's extensive experience in 4x4 technology comes out with an all-wheel traction more than adequate for everyday situations.

Suzuki SX4 compact SUV - snow / ski view.

... and comfortable on snow too.

In the UK, it will be initially, launched with a 107 PS 1.6 litre VVT (variable valve timing) petrol engine, before a 120 PS 1.9 litre Fiat DDiS diesel engine joins the line-up during the summer  (for figures, see the Suzuki SX4 specifications page).

As well as VVT, the petrol engine also features drive by wire throttle control for good drivability and response. It powers the 4x2 models (front-wheel-drive only version) from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.8 seconds and the 4GRIP model (all-wheel-drive version) in 11.2 seconds.

Suzuki SX4 compact SUV - off-road view 1

Suzuki SX4 compact SUV - off-road view 2

AWD more than adequate for everyday situations and light off-roading.

4x2 models can also stretch a gallon of fuel (imperial gallon, official figures) to cover 41 miles in the combined cycle (6.89 litres for 100 km, or 14.51 km per litre), while the SX4 4GRIP achieves 39.8 mpg (7.10 litres for 100 km, or 14.09 kms per litre).

With a 50-litre fuel tank capacity, driving autonomy reaches a range of 725 km (4x2) and 704 km (4x4).

The 1.9-litre intercooled turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine boasts a modern common-rail direct-injection system, generating 120 PS at 3,500 rpm and 280 Nm torque at 2,000 rpm. A diesel particulate filter is fitted as standard.

Both engines comply with Euro 4 regulations.

Transmissions - A six-speed manual transmission newly developed by Suzuki is paired to the diesel engine, with a close-ratio set up, making the Suzuki SX4 the only car in its class to feature the combination of diesel, 6MT and 4x4.

The petrol engine is equipped with a five-speed manual. A 4-speed automatic option will be made available for the 1.6 GLX from this summer.

Suzuki SX4 compact SUV - dash.

Suzuki SX4 compact SUV - seats.

Ergonomic and neat facia - rear seats slightly higher than the front ones.

Intelligent AWD - The Suzuki SX4 4GRIP GLX model comes with the i-AWD switchable three-mode 4x4 system. An Electric Control Coupling Device provides 4WD-Auto, 4WD-Lock, and 2WD modes.

4WD-Auto mode - Under normal driving conditions while in 4WD-Auto mode, there is no torque transfer to the rear, and the SX4 4GRIP effectively operates as a front-wheel drive vehicle.

However, as soon as there is pronounced front wheel slip, torque is automatically apportioned to the rear wheels to produce all-wheel traction to enhance stability.

4WD-Lock mode - The 4WD-Lock mode is maintained up to around 40 mph (64 km/h) for full traction with both axles, before automatically switching over to the 4WD-Auto mode for smooth cruising. 

2WD mode - The 2WD mode is a simple front-wheel-drive mode, offering the best fuel economy.

Suzuki SX4 compact SUV - 2WD, auto AWD and Lock selection.

2WD, auto AWD and Lock selection button.

Suspension and brakes - To adapt its handling for European driving tastes, the Suzuki SX4 body has evolved from the fundamental design that helped carry the Suzuki Swift to numerous awards throughout the world, including the "Most Fun" category winner in the Japanese Car of the Year award and the Car magazine’s Car of the Year.

The SX4 comes with front MacPherson struts and rear torsion beam suspension over wide 1,500 mm tracks (1,495 mm for 4x4 models) and large 205/60R16 tyres, ventilated front disc brakes and leading-and-trailing rear drums actuated by a 10-inch booster.

Safety - SX4 has been awarded 4 Stars for occupant protection by Euro NCAP. It features extensive use of high tensile steel and tailored blanks to achieve strength without the penalty of added weight. In the UK, all models come standard with anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD).

Passive safety features include standard front airbag system and front 3-point seat belts with pretensioners and force-limiters, side (front) and curtain airbags (for passengers near the front and rear windows), 3-point ELR (emergency locking retractor) rear seatbelts, ISO FIX-compliant child seat anchors.

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