• Apr 14, 2006



Already available in Europe as the Suzuki SX-4 and Fiat Sedici after its Geneva Motor Show debut, the SX-4 crossover jumps the pond to U.S. showrooms later this year. The five-door hatch is targeted squarely at younger buyers (although it ought to be a popular tag-along vehicle for the RV demographic as well), or as Suzuki likes to call them "Life Enthusiasts." The full-on rally concept exhibited alongside the street version may point to a higher-performance version down the road, and certainly won't hurt the SX-4's AWD/all-conditions image.

In the suddenly crowded small car segment, the Suzuki sets itself apart as the lowest priced all-wheel drive vehicle sold in the U.S., with prices in the $15,000 to $18,000 range.

Live shots from Eric, press shots from Suzuki and full specs - all yours after the jump.






Official Press Release:

SUZUKI SX4 MAKES NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT
AT 2006 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

New value-priced Suzuki sport X-over features
standard all-wheel drive and excellent utility in a stylish package

NEW YORK (April 13, 2006) – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) today debuted the all-new 2007 Suzuki SX4 compact sport X-over (cross-over) hatchback in North America at the 2006 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS).

Globally introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, the name SX4 stands for (S)port (X)-over for (4) seasons of weather.  The all-new SX4 features a handsome five-door hatchback design, a standard all-wheel-drive system with good stability and crisp handling characteristics.  Consistent with Suzuki’s “Way of Life” brand philosophy, the new Suzuki SX4 was designed to deliver a bold attitude and performance for those who live an adventurous life.  The vehicle combines numerous amenities with capable handling to offer an unexpected level of functionality at an affordable price.  It also is the only vehicle in its class with standard all-wheel drive.

“Suzuki designed the SX4 to be a year-round standout on the road under any driving condition,” said Osamu Honda, chief engineer, SX4.  “The team approached the SX4 with the intention of creating an eye-catching vehicle that would grab the attention of customers who appreciate price, performance, features, styling and safety.”

Powertrain
Built in Japan, the SX4 features a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, DOHC engine matched to a five-speed manual transmission or a specially tuned available four-speed automatic transmission.  Top track speed is 120 mph for the manual transmission model.  Preliminary engine specifications and tuning figures indicate the 1995 cc engine will deliver 143 hp and 136 lb-ft of torque, while early fuel consumption estimates show the SX4 will deliver outstanding EPA fuel economy of 24 mpg/city and 30 mpg/highway.

Dynamic Handling
The body and chassis of the SX4 evolved from the award-winning Suzuki Swift design that helped Suzuki earn numerous awards worldwide, including many “Car of the Year” awards in Europe and Asia.  The SX4 features a rigid steel unibody and well-managed chassis that was fine-tuned in Europe to provide good stability on the highway along with crisp and responsive handling and braking and minimal body roll.  High body rigidity along with reinforced suspension mounts allow the front MacPherson struts and rear torsion beam suspension to work to their full potential.  The combination of wide track and a large 16-inch wheel and tire package help make the ride even more solid.  The SX4 features large four-wheel disc brakes that match the braking power with the engine potential.

Standard All-Wheel Drive
The well-equipped SX4 is configured as a five-door compact hatchback fitted with intelligent all-wheel drive (i-AWD).  The i-AWD system operates in three modes via a console-mounted switch – 2WD mode for maximum fuel economy on dry pavement; AWD Auto mode, which controls the drive power distribution ratio to the rear wheels in the range of 0-50 percent depending on available traction; and AWD Lock mode designed to facilitate escape in case of snow or mud with the drive power distribution ratio to the rear wheels in the range of 30-50 percent.  When the vehicle reaches 36 mph in AWD Lock mode the system automatically switches to AWD Auto mode.

Bold Styling
In concert with Italian designers to fuse the vitality of sport utility vehicles with the elegance of passenger cars, Suzuki created a versatile car that delivers a poise and presence far beyond the SX4’s compact size.  Using a simple, elegant and flowing form that sits atop a purposeful, dynamic and substantial underlying structure, the SX4 looks as if it is moving even when standing still.

The body features a low, rising waistline and large, triangular-shaped windows forward of the front doors, giving the SX4 a sporty wedge shape indicative of its outstanding dynamic performance.  The wide track and overfender design also adds to the appearance of traction and dynamic performance.  The design is pure Suzuki in form – exciting, multi-dimensional and playful.

Amenity-filled Interior
The practical, X-over design continues inside the SX4.  Curves and smooth forms gently wrap around the driver and passengers, while circular motifs and a flowing center panel provide indications of the car’s dynamic performance and suitability to active lifestyles.  There is a quality look and feel to the materials and fabrics.  The dark, two-tone interior design features black cloth highlighted with metallic- colored accents and wedge-shaped motifs – the look is both refined and aggressive.  The ergonomic design of the instrument panel and dashboard provides intuitive use of the meters and controls.  The large three-ring instrument cluster is easy to read and provides the driver with key information at a glance.

The handsome center stack contains a sophisticated audio system – standard AM/FM/MP3/CD with four speakers or AM/FM/MP3 in-dash six-disc CD changer with six speaker plus subwoofer system (Premium package) – along with climate knobs and other controls.  It is a striking example of function and form.  The large dials of the manual and available fully automatic climate control system make them easy to use.

With seating for five, the SX4 offers both utility and style.  The efficient interior dimensions provide the driver and passengers with comfort, and the exterior dimensions provide outstanding maneuverability for crowded city streets and parking areas.  The roomy interior offers plenty of legroom and shoulder room, even for the rear-seat passengers.  SX4 also features wide door openings and theater-style seating for the rear passengers.

Practical rear split-folding seats offer 60/40 seating to allow for stowage of longer items.  The second- row seats also can be tumbled forward for maximum cargo carrying ability.  Luggage room is 9.5 cubic feet (270 liters VDA) and increases to 22.0 cubic feet (625 liters VDA) with the rear seats folded forward.  In addition, there are many discreet storage compartments located throughout the cabin, and all the doors feature large pockets and bottle holders for added convenience.

Safety Features
The SX4 offers customers an extensive array of standard safety features.  Active safety features include four-wheel disc brakes with an anti-lock brake system, which are standard with electronic brake-force distribution.  In addition, Electronic Stability Program® (ESP) (including traction control)*, standard on the Premium package, generates compensating yaw moment in the event of rear-wheel or front-wheel slip to help the driver return the car to its intended path of travel.

Passive safety equipment includes a safety-reinforced body with front and rear crush zones designed to help absorb impact energy.  The unibody frame design directs much of the impact energy away from the reinforced cabin area.

Six airbags are standard on the SX4:  driver and front passenger front airbags; driver and front passenger side impact airbags; and side curtain airbags designed to provide additional protection for outboard front- and rear-seat passengers.  In addition, the SX4 is fitted with front three-point seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters, three-point emergency locking retractor rear seat belts, ISO FIX-compliant child seat anchors and a high-mounted stop lamp.

The all-new 2007 Suzuki SX4 is scheduled to go on sale in the United States during the third quarter of 2006.  Manufacturer suggested retail prices are expected to range from $15,000 to $18,000.
 

Technical Specifications

2007 Suzuki SX4 (Preliminary)


ENGINE

Type:                2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC I4
Materials:            Aluminum cylinder block/aluminum cylinder heads
Displacement:            2.0 liters (1995cc/120 cu. in.)
Bore x stroke:            84.0mm x 90.0mm/3.30 in. x 3.54 in.
Compression ratio:        10.5:1
Horsepower:            est. 143 @ 5,800 RPM
Torque:            est. 136 @ 3,500 RPM
Valves per cylinder:        Four
Fuel system    Electronic multi-port fuel injection, variable induction system (VIS), in-tank fuel pump
Emission compliance:        LEV II/BIN5
Exhaust:            Single


TRANSMISSIONS

Five-speed manual

1st                3.545:1
2nd                1.904:1
3rd                1.310:1
4th                0.969:1
5th                0.815:1
Reverse            3.250:1
Final drive ratio        4.411:1

Four-speed automatic

1st                3.672:1
2nd                2.098:1
3rd                1.391:1
4th                1.000:1
Reverse            4.021:1
Final drive ratio        2.813:1
(more)
 
2007 Suzuki SX4 Technical Specifications
2-2-2


ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE SYSTEM

Three-mode all-wheel-drive system featuring FWD, AWD Auto and AWD Lock controlled by an electronic control coupling mounted in front of the rear differential.  The in-console switch – labeled 2WD, Auto and Lock – allows the driver to control the system.  AWD Lock is automatically cancelled above 36 mph and the system switches to AWD Auto mode.


SUSPENSION

Front:    Independent:  MacPherson strut suspension with coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar.
Rear:    Torsion beam live axle with coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar.


STEERING

Type:    Power-assisted rack and pinion
Overall ratio:    14.0:1
Turns, lock-to-lock:    2.7
Turning circle:    36 ft. (11 meters) curb-to-curb


BRAKES

Front:    Power-assisted ventilated disc (11.4 in./290mm) with floating two-piston calipers and pad wear sensors
Rear:    Power-assisted disc (10.0 in./254 mm)
ABS:    Standard, four wheel, four channel
Traction control:        Standard with Premium Trim Package
Electronic Stability Program® (ESP) (including traction control)*:     Standard with Premium Trim Package


WHEELS            16 x 6.5-in. alloy
          

TIRES                P205/60R16
 Lightweight temporary spare

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase:              98.4 in. (2,500mm)
Overall length:            163.9 in. (4,163 mm)
Overall width:              69.1 in. (1,755mm)
Overall height:              63.2 in. (1,605mm)
Tread width, f/r:          59.1 in. (1,500mm)/58.9 in. (1,495mm)
Overhang, front:          35.4 in. (900mm)
Overhang, rear:          29.1 in. (740mm)
Ground clearance:            6.9 in. (175mm)
Approach angle:             29 degrees
Departure angle:             27 degrees
Ramp break over angle:         19 degrees


INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Headroom
Front:            40.0 in. (1,016mm)
Rear:            38.2 in. (970mm)

Legroom
Front:            41.3 in. (1,049mm)
Rear:            37.2 in. (944.8mm)

Shoulder room
Front:            56.3 in. (1,430mm)
Rear:            54.9 in. (1,384mm)

Hip Room
Front:            55.5 in. (1,409.7mm)
Rear:            44.0 in. (1,117.6mm)

Interior volume:        36.9 cu. ft.
Cargo index:      9.5 cu. ft. rear seat up
22.0 cu. ft. rear seat folded


CAPACITIES

Fuel tank:            11.9 gallons (45 liters)
Engine oil:              4.4 quarts (4.2 liters)
Engine coolant:      7.4 quarts (7.0 liters)


CURB WEIGHT

AWD, manual transmission    2,800 - 2,855 lbs (1,270 - 1,295kg)
AWD, auto transmission    2,877 - 2,932 lbs (1,305 - 1,330kg)


FUEL ECONOMY

Manual transmission: EPA est. 24 mpg city/29 mpg highway
Automatic transmission:    EPA est. 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway


TOP SPEED, Track

Manual transmission:    120 mph
Automatic transmission:    112 mph
 


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  • 22 Comments
      • 8 Years Ago
      "My God! Give me the freaking Swift already! That is what Suzuki really needs to do."

      Amen.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see one of these in person. It's a great package, compact size, good gas mileage, A.W.D. system, decent road clearance, reasonable price. I hope it does well since Pontiac is dropping the AWD Vibe model after next year. Not everyone wants/needs a huge vehicle with lousy gas mileage to have AWD so I'm looking forward to seeing it. Those side windows, they look like they might take some getting used to.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And here is a video of the new swift done by the Japanese. Also very cool!!!
      http://www.suzuki.co.jp/swift/promotion/newcompact_l.asx
      • 8 Years Ago
      Finally some news on the SX4!

      Suzuki's version will be built in Japan. It was the Fiat's version that was going to be built in Hungary.

      This thing should do much better than the Aerio. Better looking package and has Swift suspension which ought to be better handling than the soft Aerio. Can't wait to drive one!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "'My God! Give me the freaking Swift already! That is what Suzuki really needs to do.'

      Amen."

      Amen Amen.

      Suzuki has a great vehicle to bring to America and replace the Reno, but they're sitting on it.

      I'd so buy a Swift.

      That said, Suzuki does seem to be looking great as of late - they're replacing they're Daewoo-sourced cars with true Suzuki-made ones. Well, with one exception (hint hint).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks neat. Actually, it looks better than the Fiat version, although you Americans are missing out on the sublime diesel engines.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like this car.
      The standard AWD thats "switchable" sells me.
      The mileage isnt bad at all, and Its looks are appealing.
      Im usually a Subaru man when I want AWD, but the last several years the prices at Subaru have gone too high with the Impreza.
      The power will also be very adequate for its weight for most people particularly if using the manual.
      The Automatic will be slightly less sprightly obviously.
      I can sense the "crossover" in the design.
      Thats an area where the Mitsubishi LRV back in the early 90s was trying to tinker with but wasnt well recieved.
      Definately got my vote for the SX4.





      • 8 Years Ago
      Meh...it's okay I guess, but I liked the Aerio wagon better. The styling on the SX4 is too egg-like for my tastes. I think it would be better if not for that boring bubble butt it has. The interior looks pretty cheap too...the Aerio's seemed to be a little more plush with better materials and styling.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nissan wants the Versa's headlights back.
      • 8 Years Ago
      damn I hope we'll get it up in Canada... this thing looks great
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it. I have to say I like the European version details better, larger intake under the bumper and around the fog lights. Also I like the large door moldings on the European version. The one pictured looks kinda nude with out them. I like the Aerio SX also. It's European looks never caught on with the American bigger is better crowd.
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