On July 4th, Suzuki introduced its new SX4 hatchback to the market in Japan. On sale in Europe since March, and headed to the US in Q3 2006 as an '07 model, Japan gets a range of SX4 models with two engine choices. The 1.5-liter four makes 110 horsepower, while the 2.0L generates 145. (In the US, we're getting only the 2.0.) All cars receive a 4-speed automatic and in Japan, customers can choose between 2WD or AWD. US cars will all come with AWD standard.

From bottom to top, the lineup is as follows:
  • SX4 1.5E
  • SX4 1.5G
  • SX4 1.5XG
  • SX4 2.0S (shown above)
The "E" model is the basic entry-level car. "G" steps things up and adds more standard equipment and visual flair. "XG" gets outdoorsy exterior trim in the form of roof rails and black plastic on the fender flares and side skirts. The 2.0S gets a monochrome look, a tasteful aero package, lowered suspension, and 17" wheels. The other grades get 16" rolling stock.

In October, a 2.0XS model will join the Japanese lineup, equipped with the visual elements (roof rails, etc.) seen on the 1.5XG. Prices range from approximately 1.4 million to 2 million Yen (around $13,000 to $17,000 USD). The US model will retail for between $15,000 and $18,000.

View SX4 Specifications

(More pics after the jump)

[Source: Suzuki (translated)]

SX4 1.5XG
Suzuki SX4 1.5XG (Japan)

SX4 1.5G
Suzuki SX4 1.5G (Japan)

SX4 InteriorSX4 Interior

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