• Suzuki SX4 Spy Shots front 3/4

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  • Suzuki SX4 Spy Shots front

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  • Suzuki SX4 Spy Shots cabin

Suzuki looks to be putting a few development miles on the company's next-generation SX4. Our spy photographers nabbed a handful of photos of the five-door during testing on public streets, and the heavily camouflaged vehicle helps give us a glimpse of what to expect from the next model. Even with the disguise, the new car looks larger and more substantial, with a new greenhouse and relocated side mirrors. Designers seem to have fiddled with the hatchback's grille and headlamps, though we're more interested in what can be seen through the mesh in the lower fascia. Look closely, and you can just make out what appears to be a sizable intercooler hanging out in the bottom air inlet.

While it's entirely possible we're just eyeballing an additional styling element, the notion of a forced-induction SX4 is certainly something to get excited about. Odds are we're not looking at a high-performance version, however. With more and more automakers pushing to increase fuel economy by downsizing engine options and making up the difference with small turbos, we wouldn't be surprised to see a low-displacement lump show up in the next-gen Suzuki. The current SX4 puts up middling-at-best economy numbers in both front and all-wheel drive versions, so any help in this regard would figure to be a big help for the struggling automaker. Stay tuned.


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      Yev
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's possible that this is a next generation SX4 but if so, it's grown by leaps and bounds. Looking at the person seated inside this vehicle, the car looks pretty tall, and when you look at the distance from the rear door handle to the rear hatch that is quite a bit longer than SX4, so much so that it leads me to believe that this might possibly be the new APV that Suzuki Japan had said that it would be bringing to the U.S. for 2014. I believe it's based on the Suzuki RIII concept, which has been developed into the Suzuki Ertiga. Every line of the above photos follow the the lines of the 2012 Ertiga currently available in other parts of the world, where it's configured as a 7-seater, although the U.S. version would probably loose the back 2 seats in favor of added cargo room. In the parts of the world where Ertiga is already available, it's been an instant success, so much so that buyers must be placed on a backorder list of 8 months to get hold of one. In addition to Suzuki's current U.S. line-up, they had repeatedly said in prior statements that there were 2 new models coming to the U.S. for 2014/2015, so it would make sense that this would be one of them. I believe the next generation Jimny or "Concept XA" is the other one.
      Alex Fischer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Slow news day?
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone really copy Suzuki? No need to even put camo on.
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      It could just be a transmission cooler, hopefully for a new six-speed (or more) automatic in place of the terrible CVTs they shove in them now. Suzuki need to dump the CVTs if it wants a chance to remain selling in the US.
      cGmC11
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's more another mini MPV than a small SUV or hatchback, it's much a competitor for the recent unveiled 2013 Nissan Note.
      Subcompact Culture
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope it is a turbo something or other. However, it'd have to make it to the USDM before I got excited. As the former owner of two SX4s and current owner of a Sidekick, I'd love to see Suzuki do something that actually sells cars again. They'll have to add some marketing, though ... Let's not get ahead of ourselves though. I don't care what it is: Suzuki needs some new product in the U.S. if they want to survive.
        AP1_S2K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Subcompact Culture
        I'd like to see something good too, especially in the design dept. The Kizashi is a really good looking car, but seeing them on the road even in SoCal car culture is few and far between. Please design something that is somewhat appealing.... well appealing to the USDM market
      mechatricity
      • 2 Years Ago
      WRC!
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mechatricity
        I think they tried. The drivers couldn't see around those awful window frames.
      jack s.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like the Chevrolet Sonic. Maybe they bought they're using that platform just like they did the Cruze for their Kazashi.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jack s.
        Those headlights are probably mock-ups, intended only to keep the car road legal while the engineers do their thing.
        Matthew Dawson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jack s.
        The Kizashi has a unique platform and does not share it with the Cruze, though I believe the original intent was to do that. While it may be based on the Sonic, the first SX4 was developed alongside the Fiat Sedici. And since the Sedici is to be replaced by the 500X, I think this car might be the Suzuki version of that. The proportions do seem to match up, but it's kinda hard to tell.
        Yev
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jack s.
        Kizashi is not based on the Cruze platform. Back when Suzuki and GM were still partners, Suzuki did consider building Kizashi on the Cruze platform, but during their testing the concluded the Cruze platform was not capable of redering the performance/handling characteristics they wanted for Kizashi, so they scratched that idea and instead developed a all Suzuki platform design for Kizashi. Since Suzuki and GM are no longer partners, there is no platform sharing between the two any longer, thus zero chance that this is based on Sonic. Most likely this is either a new SX4 based on a modified Kizashi platform or a U.S. version of the Suzuki Ertiga APV.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too little too late.
      Neil
      • 2 Years Ago
      More realistically, it could be a Euro-market diesel version (likely to be turbocharged and intercooled). The headlamp units with white DRLs and a lack of orange side markers suggest this is not a North American spec vehicle, and the spill marks below the fuel filler suggest a diesel. Wasn't Suzuki's decision to buy Fiat's diesels for the next-gen SX4 claimed to be part of the reason the VW-Suzuki alliance fell apart? I'm guessing there's a Euro-spec Fiat 1.6 MutliJet 120PS diesel in this car.
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      I noticed that two nearby Suzuki motorcycle dealers closed down without a word. Is Suzuki's entire US operations in trouble or is it just the car division?
        Yev
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imoore
        Most likely they weren't doing enough volume. Suzuki recently embarked on a corporate tightening campaign including trimming any delears that didn't move enough product. They are doing this to increase profitability in be in an enhanced position for the arrival of all of the new 2014/2015 re-designs such as this new SX4. As far as the Automotive division goes, Suzuki folded all of their divisions into one company so they no longer are different divisions or companies. Even with the low volume sales they do, they are still operating at a profit. Overall Suzuki is known world wide in the industry for being able to profit in situations where other manufacturors cannot.
      Jmaister
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that a Chevy Sonic I see underneath? When will you get the point Suzuki? You'd be doing much better if the Euro Swift Sport was here.
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