• Sep 16, 2010
Suzuki SX4 SZ-L – Click above for high-res image gallery

Suzuki has released details on a new special edition version of its SX4 for the UK. Called the SZ-L, the five-door will come from the factory wearing a host of appearance upgrades aimed to give the vehicle an urban flair, including a few splashes of gunmetal accents on the roof rails, grille, wheels and skid plates. The gray theme continues on inside with Alcantara trim in all the right places and ghost stitching around the leather steering wheel. Unfortunately, as awesome as all of the menacing gunmetal trim is, the hatchback's mechanicals leave something to be desired.

Instead of pairing the blacked-out goodies with the company's bones-cheap all-wheel drive system, the SZ-L is only available with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine powering the front-wheels. That blows one sad trombone in our book. The upshot is that Suzuki is only offering the special edition with a five-speed manual, so slusher fans need not apply.

The Suzuki SX4 SZ-L starts at $20,533 in the UK (at current conversion rates) and there's no word as to whether or not a similar model will show up on our shores. Hit the jump for the press release.



[Source: Suzuki]

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Special Edition SX4 SZ-L available for £13,145
* Alto SZ4 available with no VAT to pay

Suzuki GB PLC is pleased to announce a new Special Edition SX4 model, SZ-L, which goes on sale this week, ready for the '60' registration plate.

Suzuki's SX4 is a distinctive five-door hatchback that blends the characteristics of sporty compacts exemplified by the Swift, with those of lightweight SUVs such as the Grand Vitara, to create an exciting small car alternative.

The new SZ-L model brings true urban styling to the popular SX4 with unique Gunmetal coloured roof rails, front grille, alloy wheels and front and rear skid plates. For the interior a new style Alcantara trim in light grey is included plus a three spoke leather steering wheel with Gunmetal stitch detailing and six disc in dash CD changer.

SZ-L is based on the SZ4 grade and is available in two wheel drive format with 120PS 1.6-litre petrol engine and manual transmission only.

The Euro 5 emissions 1.6-litre petrol engine features variable valve timing with variable intake system for enhanced driveability and response. It powers the SX4 2WD models with manual transmission from nought to 62 mph in 10.7 seconds. In combined cycle driving, the 2WD manual models return 45.6mpg with emissions of 143g/km.

SZ-L is priced at £13,145 including metallic paint and is available in two colours, Silky Silver Pearl and Cosmic Black.

Alto – Latest offers

Suzuki is currently offering the Alto SZ4 model with no VAT to pay; the offer continues until the end of September and represents a customer saving of £1,332 on the SZ4 model, reducing the purchase price to £7,608.

Under a separate campaign, Alto SZ2 is currently available for just £6,495, saving £1,160 on the list price. The Special Edition SZ-L is equipped as standard with front fog lamps, air conditioning and various exterior and interior trim upgrades and is available for £6,995, a saving of £1,175.

Alto is one of the lowest cost cars to run with CO2 emissions of just 103g/km, fuel economy of 64.2mpg, £20 annual VED charges and insurance group 1.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      All I read at the top of the page when I glanced at this was SX 4 Blacks
        • 4 Years Ago
        In UK, they have lewd 'Zukis....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dressed in black. How fitting. If Suzuki's sales drop any more they will already be prepared for the funeral.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously.
        I don't know what the hell they were doing. Their cars were good in the 90's. Then they started the rebadged Daewoo crap and that killed their reputation. Now they've got some original cars but they're ho-hum for sure.

        Suzuki and Mitsubishi are looking very irrelevant these days. I am pretty much just waiting for them to kick the bucket.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Although sales in the US might not be great, Suzuki is doing pretty well in other parts of the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the genius behind this model thought of it while on vacation in the US driving a rental Nissan Rogue Krom edition
      • 4 Years Ago
      File this one under the "who f'ing cares" category.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car could show up on US shores tomorrow wearing a $9,000 price tag and still no one would care anymore.

      Suzuki pandered any chance this car had for success when it was still relatively fresh. It was the lowest-priced AWD model in the US, gas was approaching $5/gallon, and there was nothing quite like it. Did they market it in a way that made people aware that the SX4—or even Suzuki—existed, and what made it a good choice? Naw, we got ads that talked about motorcycle DNA, as if (a.) there was any of that in the SX4, (b.) mini-cute-ute buyers gave a rat's behind about motorcycles even if the DNA was there, and (c.) there weren't three rebadged Daewoo models sitting next to it on the lot.

      I don't see how Suzuki can ever become relevant again, much less survive, in the US, if the people behind the brand can't promote the actual virtues of their products in a way that helps people notice their brand and appreciate what's good about them. Well, that and needing to buy their products from a Suzuki dealer, if you can find one.

      They're not bad cars. There are just too many other choices from better brands.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Suzuki has been crippled by bad marketing in the US. Not to mention being relegated to the back of the lot in many dealerships. Here locally, the first dealer was in the back of a Cadillac (Courtesy Cadillac) dealer and basically the only way you saw their product was to walk through the showroom towards the bathroom and they were in the back hall. That is where I found my first Suzuki, a 1989 Swift GTi. I drove that car for 5 years and 89,000 completely trouble free miles. I regret trading it in 1995 for an 1995 Esteem GLX. By then the dealership was in the back of a Buick, Jaguar Dealership (Tom Payette). The Esteem had alot of kit...but no real power like the Swift did! Todays local dealer (Sam Swope Suzuki) is a "pay on the lot" operation which have a few Suzuki in the back and a couple on the showroom floor. They used to have a ton of those Daewoo things out front...once they disappeared, it was over! I don't think they will be a Suzuki dealer much longer. You are right, they are very good cars, even affordable cars. With out marketing, they won't make it. Of course, if they'd wake up and sell cars people wanted (like a turbo Kizashi, New Swift, Jimny, and update the Grand Vitara) people might take notice. People sure bought the little Samurai, not to mention the Swift. Even the Esteem seemed to be all over town here in Louisville, KY...but the Daewoo machines never seemed to move off the lot...for good reason! Suzuki could be the brand that succeeds between them and Mitsubishi. Because, lets face it, right now they are both on the express route out!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nicely done!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I loled when i read "That blows one sad trombone in our book."
      • 4 Years Ago
      STOP IT. Just Stop It. Stop converting. Stop It. We're adults. We understand foreign currency. We read EVO, CAR, watch top gear. Leave it in pounds. Present us the actual price. Stop the bs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zamafir- thank you for taking this one. I hate having to use the same rant two days in a row.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That, or they could just take 20% off the price to adjust it. i like original prices better (as in, reported in gbp)
        • 4 Years Ago
        And if I may add, Autoblog might be US based but the whole world can read it because of the wonders of the teh interwebz so you don't HAVE to convert the price to US$.
        Thanks for keeping us up to date Autoblog though!
        • 4 Years Ago
        And an AYE from me as well on that one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's probably to easy to lazy-out with a google conversion than worry if that's the OTD price, taxes, blah blah than to compare the same model's pricing with the other trims then approximate how much more this is for a guestimate for what the markup would be in other markets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow! The SX4 looks great in black.
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