• Aug 27, 2006
Suzuki appears ready to offer its new SX4 as a sedan as well as the hatchback that should show up in U.S. dealerships in about a month. Similar to the hatch, it features a unique greenhouse that has a small triangular quarter window near the side view mirrors. Sheetmetal from the B-pillars back will be different and the C-pillars in particular should be quite stylish, with a look that has been likened to the original Altima, according to Winding Road.
Although this particular test vehicle sports an upscale interior and 17-inch rims, it is unknown how it will be equipped when it comes Stateside. Although we could pass on the raised ride height of the hatch, hopefully the sedan will share its trick all-wheel-drive system and 143-hp, DOHC, 2-liter, inline-4.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      SX4, in its main market - Europe - is developed, marketed and produced as small SUV, and definetly not an small car - hatchback.

      Reason PR's are calling it an hatchback in the USA is to get into small vehicle crazy and go around SUV downturn.

      Once you see vehicle in person, you will see why was it developed as an small SUV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I see what everyone is saying, and I would tend to agree.

      But did anyone think that perhaps this was a Lancia instead? It's obviously based on the SX4, but Fiat and Suzuki have a deal to build the Fiat Sedici and an un-named Lancia model together. I never heard of a sedan version of the SX4, but has anyone thought that perhaps this was THAT version and not a Suzuki version?

      Just throwing it out there. Afterall, having something a bit different for Lancia would make sense rather than having 3 very similar models in the Euro market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Probably will be the Aerio Sedan replacement in the USA. The Aerio is at the end of it's life cycle. It's chassis is from the early 1990's. Now how about a proper wagon version of this. The SX4 is nice but needs more cargo room.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with #1

      I think this will be called something else.

      And #3: The SX4 has enough ground clearance to do a bit of offroading.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1: Obviously you're the one smoking something. THe SX4 is a *hatchback* with AWD. The fact that it has AWD does not make it an SUV. Unless you're convinced all Subarus are also SUVs.

      Get a clue and do some reading. The SX4 is meant to compete with teh likes of the Yaris, Fit and Versa. It simply has a bigger, more powerful engine and AWD in an effort to differentiate itself and appeal to a different market - Not to go off-roading, it's not a new Suzuki Samurai ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't get what peoples fascination with sedans is in this country. It always either be hatchback or wagon for me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #4 - The Volvo XC70 also has good ground clearance, and can do a bit of offroading, but you havent read magazines declaring it the best squatty 5-cylinder SUV around no? Its AWD, not 4WD, meaning the wheels that dont normally spin are supplied with power when a computer tells them they need it. If it were a full offroading mini-ute, it would have a powertrain with consistant 4-wheel movement. Take a look, its a well proportioned sport hatch with a higher ride height, and protective body cladding, geeze, it must be an SUV...

      I agree with #3, in the sense that Suzuki is playing its cards well enough to enter into the market with something different. As much as makers like GM, Ford etc. like to think, people aren't just going to buy something marginally bland just because the price is right, for the most part they want something interesting that stands out in the market from the rest of the toasters.

      Adding AWD only makes this car even more marketable for the upper US States, and the entirety of Canada.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is not the Lancia Pangea, which is also a 5-door:

      http://spanish.autoblog.com/2006/05/15/nuevo-lancia-pangea/
      • 8 Years Ago
      - The SX4 was designed by the Japanese and felt that it would be best to add another version with Fiat.
      - I can't wait to drive this car, but wished the we were to get the Xeon lights as seen on the JDM vehicle.
      - go to http://www.suzuki.co.jp/dom4/lineup/sx4/
      • 8 Years Ago
      and p.s. it is based on smaller and lower Suzuki Swift, which is true Yaris and Fit competitor, and which might have sedan version in some markets...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Check European reviews:
      http://www.channel4.com/4car/road-tests/road-test.jsp?id=382

      "4WD model a useful mini-SUV, purposeful looks."

      http://www.autocar.co.uk/FirstDrive_Summary.asp?RT=219083

      "Globally, Suzuki calls the SX4 a ‘sporty crossover’, but Suzuki UK is a bit more simplistic. It will market the SX4 as a soft-roader and it is a fair one at the price. About 4000 UK buyers a year are expected to agree."