• Jul 5th 2006 at 6:03PM
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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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      • 9 Years Ago
      Jim Brown, you're only getting 23-25 mpg on the highway in a Kia Spectra? How fast are you going??

      I got over 35 mpg on a recent trip to Washington DC in my Passat with the cruise set at 65!
      • 9 Years Ago
      The US SX4 will have manual and auto, but standard i-AWD. The no manual-AWD combo was a big complaint on the Aerio... The problem with the SX4 is forward vision with that bonus pillar behind the A pillar and before the door...
        • 8 Years Ago
        You are right this is a big problem with the Sx4

        I am trying for months to get this problem to attention to some traffic organisations in the Netherlands.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Why can't the U.S. get the 110 horsepower engine? It would have better gas mileage and still do 0-60 in less then ten seconds, I'm sure. I bet when the real-world mileage comes out on this, it will be closer to 25mpg on day to day driving. Why buy a small car for $17,000 that gets 28mpg when you can get a larger car for damn near that much money and the same milage?
      My new Kia Spectra5, 8000 miles on it now, still only gets 23 to 25 mpg doing just cruise controlled highway miles. My '98 v6 Malibu still gets 28mpg doing the same route(my wife and I both did this trip). Very dishearting.
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh well, I will wait until it's here to say much about packaging of standared and options. I do Not like the Vibe look that they have put on the front bumper. I like the European one way better. I agree with the need for more MPG. Where is the diesel option? Where is the six speed manual?
      • 9 Years Ago
      The KIA has variable intake valve timing, and the manual shift transmission has short gearing, and the automatic is decently short (too much so imho).

      Variable exhaust valve timing helps out with mileage, too bad the KIA doesn't have it.
      I would hope the KIA would return 35mpg@65mph, it isn't too aerodynamic.

      At least that is better than what Chrysler did with the 2000+ Neon, they took off the EGR and left the 3 speed auto for the first two model years.

      Where is the 6 speed automatic?
      Aisin-Warner TF-60SN
      • 9 Years Ago
      As my suzuki will open this fall up to 10 cars riding and driving Let me know what you think, also three of them are ALL WHEEL DRIVE Let me know ???????????
      • 9 Years Ago
      The fact that it only comes as an automatic ruins it for me personally. I really like the AWD though and it looks half decent.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Next October i'll get my SX4 1.6GLX.Unfortunately here in Greece the SX4 is imported with the M16A engine delivered from Swift Sport.Differences are the plastic(!!!!) intake plenum,normal aluminium pistons and rods and lowered compression ratio.Also, something else that disappoints me is the fact that you can't buy it without the roof rail and the all around plastic guards and if you try removing them you got yourself a nice car with holes around it:( . Recently i took it for a test drive and i was really happy with the engine,torque is available from low RPMs and the 0-100km(~64m) came in approximately 8.9" while the book says 10.9".Just can't wait till i lay my hands on it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey guys this is not replacing the aerio. The SX4 is a small suv. The SX4 and the Fiat Sedici are twins
      • 9 Years Ago
      SX4?? Anyone else thinking AMC??
      • 9 Years Ago
      6-speed manual transmission, please.


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