The car you see above is, according to China Car Times, the facelifted Suzuki SX4 crossover. We've always had a soft spot for the SX4, so the fact that it's finally getting a significant update makes us a wee bit sad – after all, Suzuki just announced late last year that it's leaving the US market, so we'll never get this upgraded little 'ute on our shores.

Changes we can see include aggressively resculpted lighting units, interesting mold lines on the front bumper cap, redesigned air intakes and unique trim fillets on the doors.

At least we can take solace in the fact that there apparently aren't any significant alterations under the new bodywork, so our crop of used SX4s should be just as capable out on the road. In China, Suzuki's 1.6- and 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines are expected to carry over to the new year, along with the current model's CVT and manual drivelines.

Here's hoping Suzuki finds more success in China than it did in the States.


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      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      At one point, the SX4 was on my short list for my next car. It was cheap, efficient, and the interior was actually practical and comfortable for me. When the time came, the price for an AWD one had grown way too close to that of the Impreza, which is just a nicer car. To me, Suzuki America just lost their way, from making though, small efficient cars that anyone could afford, to just another interpretation of what the Big J3 do so well already.
      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      New bumpers, new cladding, but the same sheet metal as when it was launched in 2005 does not qualify as "major update." This car is long overdue for a complete redesign. This latest minor refresh isn't nearly enough.
      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh Darn.... and I so wanted it... said nobody... ever
        Wacko
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SteveM
        I guess you are Nobody then SteveM, and you will be a nobody forever
      Mario
      • 1 Year Ago
      Suzuki cars are not bad, the problem was with lack of dealerships and their customer service. One time back in 08 my brother was looking at the SX4. The local dealership(the only one in the area) said that he could not test drive SX4.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mario
        I once walked into the Suzuki dealership that was in Leesburg, VA and the ONE salesperson, the only person working in the front half of the dealership, was SOUND asleep. That's saying something.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mario
        I once test drove an SX4 in exchange for a $20 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card. The drive was pleasant -- it made the Mitsubishi Lancer I test drove a few minutes later feel like absolute garbage. I have continued receiving BB&B coupons in the mail for more than 10 years.
      R McCartney
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugly! it looks like a cheap car from China!
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a shame...... /s
      Travis C. Vasconcelo
      Suzuki build great cars. I have had two of them and loved them. I waited patiently for the Swift to come to the US, wrote them about it and was assured it was coming. Now they are gone. I read recently about how Suzuki had problems after the GM debacle with all the Daewoo trash cars. It looked like VW were going to change the direction of their plight. However, I believe VW only stepped in to kill them to take the competition out of the market place. Too bad, as VW could have learned a number of lessons from Suzuki. RIP Suzuki...it ain't looking good from this prospective for you. GM and VW have used and abused you...your own mistake didn't bring the cars to the market that could have saved you in the US...you probably won't survive yourselves.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Travis C. Vasconcelo
        I also owned a Suzuki in the past and currently drive a Suzuki Kizashi. Great cars for the money. Their reputation is a product of horrible marketing and the trashy rebadged Daewoos. Their actual Suzuki products are actually good. I agree that the Swift was the car that Suzuki needed to bring to the US. It's a critically acclaimed small car that is probably better than anything of its class from Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. Despite my love for the Kizashi, I really think it was the Swift that should have come to the US, at least first. The Swift Sport is quite awesome. The SX4 is not that pleasant to look at, but for the cost, it's rather a decent car. Most owners I know like the car a lot. Despite Suzuki's failure in the US, they sell well in Asia where small cars dominate.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
          I firmly believe that the Daewoo rebadged vehicles are what killed Suzuki's reputation in the US. I knew someone who owned one, and it was a complete pile of trash. It had constant problems, and the dealer couldn't fix them since the techs didn't know how to properly work on the Daewoo vehicles. I agree with you that the Swift would have helped if sold in the US.
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      They would have a much better chance in China if they weren't a Japanese company.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Suzuki's downfall was that they didn't offer the Swift!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      F_Monk
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I was buying my mom a car, it was between an SX4 and a Versa. They wanted too much for the AWD SX4, and the 2wd SX4 just wasn't as a good a value as the Versa. For the money, the Versa simply offered more. So that's what I bought her. Which sucks, because I really liked the SX4 with AWD. It was a neat little car.
      Andrew Zotos Breslin
      good thing. looks like a saturn
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