SX4 compact SUV: comfortable at beach...
2nd March 2006.
has just launched at the Geneva International Motor Show
(public days from 2nd the 12th March) its brand new SX4
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.