Suzuki has finally slapped a price tag on its two newest models, the XL7 and SX4. The XL7 CUV will start at a low $22,899 and come standard with GM's 3.6-liter V6 making 252 hp and 243 ft-lbs. of torque. It will be offered in standard, Luxury and Limited trim, the first two of which can be had with either five- or seven-passenger seating and either front- or all-wheel drive. The Limited model gets the third row standard, can also be had with either front- or all-wheel drive, and includes a Nivomat self-leveling rear suspension.

The SX4, which replaces the Aerio, will start at $14,999 and feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 143 horsepower. The SX4 is considered a crossover of sorts and also comes standard with Suzuki's intelligent all-wheel drive system. Two trim levels will be offered, SX4 and SX4 Sport. The Sport model will include TCS and ECS, cruise control, a premium audio system and start at $16,399.

This is an extremely aggressive pricing strategy on the part of Suzuki that should signal to its competitors that the once afterthough automaker in the U.S. is serious about carving out more market share for itself in 2007.

(Check out Suzuki's full press release after the jump)

[Source: Suzuki]


Press release:

AMERICAN SUZUKI ANNOUNCES PRICING
FOR ALL-NEW 2007 XL7 AND SX4

SX4 arriving in dealer showrooms now;
XL7 due later this fall

BREA, Calif., Aug. 29, 2006 – American Suzuki Motor Corporation today announced pricing on its all-new XL7 crossover SUV and SX4 compact sport X-over (crossover). The stylish and versatile Suzuki XL7 has a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $22,899. The highly anticipated, bold and functional SX4 with standard all-wheel drive has a starting MSRP of $14,999 – making it the most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle in its class. The SX4 is arriving in dealer showrooms now and the XL7 is scheduled to arrive in dealer showrooms later this fall.

Suzuki XL7
The XL7's 3.6-liter V6 DOHC engine rated at 252 horsepower with 243 lb.-ft. of torque is matched to a five-speed automatic transmission fitted with manumatic controls. The flagship XL7 has extensive safety features, including four air bags; driver and passenger front airbags and side-curtain airbags, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP)_ including traction control system (TCS).

Additional standard features include remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, power windows, door locks and mirrors, two 12-volt accessory outlets, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, satin silver trim, air conditioning with automatic climate control, trip computer, automatic headlamps, AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and privacy glass.

Three trim levels will be offered: XL7, Luxury and Limited. XL7 and XL7 Luxury will be offered in both five- and seven-passenger configurations, and each package will be offered in either front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive ($1,600). Seven-passenger XL7 vehicles are fitted with Nivomat self-leveling rear suspension.

The XL7 Luxury adds leather-appointed interior, power driver seat, heated front seats, wood trim accents and 17-inch alloy wheels and has a starting MSRP of $24,599. An optional power tilt-and-slide sunroof also is available ($800).

The top-of-the-line XL7 Limited features standard seven-passenger seating and adds fog lamps, rear spoiler, upgraded roof racks with aluminum lower bumper valances, premium XM Satellite Radio-ready audio system with seven speakers (including subwoofer), auto-dimming antiglare rearview mirror with compass, remote starter and DVD entertainment system. The feature-packed XL7 Limited carries an MSRP of $27,949.

There are three optional packages to go with the three trim levels: The seven-passenger seating package (available on XL7 and XL7 Luxury) $1,350; the DVD entertainment package (available on three-row Luxury) that features a DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones and remote starter system for $1,100; and the Platinum Touring package featuring a touch-screen navigation system, 17-inch chrome-plated alloy wheels with unique design and sunroof (in place of DVD entertainment system) for $2,200.


Suzuki SX4
Built in Japan, the all-new 2007 Suzuki SX4 features a sophisticated 2.0-liter, in-line four cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine rated at 143 horsepower. SX4 is also fitted with intelligent all-wheel drive (i-AWD) as standard equipment.

The i-AWD system operates in three modes for maximum fuel economy on dry pavement or to facilitate traction in case of snow or mud.

The SX4's standard features include six airbags; front driver and passenger airbags, driver and passenger side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags; four-wheel ABS with EBD, TPMS, seatbelt pretentioners, power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with four speakers, tilt steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, daytime running lights, fender flares and silver bumper guards. SX4 carries an MSRP of $14,999.

The SX4 comes in two trim levels: SX4 and SX4 Sport. SX4 is available with the Convenience Package, which includes cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. SX4 Sport includes: TCS and ESP, auto temperature control, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, premium audio with six-disc CD changer and nine speakers (including subwoofer), silver-color roof rails and SmartPass keyless entry and start system. SX4 Sport has an MSRP of $16,399. All trim levels are available in manual or automatic transmission with standard AWD.

The XL7 and SX4 add to what already has been an extraordinary period in Suzuki's history with record sales in 2005 and during the first half of 2006, along with last year's launch of the completely redesigned Grand Vitara. The media acclaimed Grand Vitara brand icon provided consumers with their first look at the next generation of Suzuki vehicles in the United States and exceeded expectations for a responsive, yet affordable compact SUV.

Suzuki's diverse product line now features the XL7 and Grand Vitara SUVs and a variety of cars to match the needs of every lifestyle. The 2007 vehicle line also includes the functional SX4 compact crossover, popular and versatile Forenza sedan and Forenza Wagon, European-styled Reno and sporty, yet fuel-efficient Aerio sedan. The entire vehicle line offers something for everyone and exceeds consumer expectations with standout virtues for toughness, leading-edge style and high-end features at prices well below the competition. All 2007 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.

2007 Suzuki XL7 pricing
XL7: $22,899
XL7: Luxury $24,599
XL7: Limited $27,949

Factory options
AWD: $1,600
Three-row seating: (standard on Limited) $1,350
Sunroof (Luxury): $800
DVD (three-row Luxury): $1,100
Platinum Touring (Limited): $2,200

Destination charge $635


2007 Suzuki SX4 pricing
SX4: $14,999
SX4 Sport: $16,399

Factory options
Automatic transmission: $1,000
iAWD: Standard

Destination charge $595