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MSRP: $13,699-19,799
Invoice: $13,295-19,007

2012 Suzuki SX4 Sedan

SX4 SEDAN: BLENDING STYLE AND FUNCTION

• Benchmarked against the Suzuki Swift, the SX4 brings dynamic performance to compact sedan §egmènt.

• SX4 Sport remains most affordable car wîth standard navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

• Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 'Top Small Car Rating' in sporty, functional package. New safety features include the addition of rear seat side airbags (8 airbags standard) and new larger rear head restraints.

• Improved safety features allow SX4 to meet 2014 side-impact standards three years ahead of schedule.

• Úpdated navigation system now includes info-suite including real-time traffic, weather forecast, movie time search, flight arrival/departure, lowest gas price and Google search.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 150 hp
Torque: 140 ft-lbs

6-speed Manual, CVT
• New Anniversary Edition value package added for SX4 Sedan features 17-inch alloy wheels wîth low-profile tires at an attractive price.


BREA, Calif. – For 2011, the SX4 family, including SX4 Crossover AWD wîth standard all-wheel drive; SX4 Sedan and youthful SX4 SportBack combine to offer the nimble handling of a compact sedan and five-door hatch wîth the full capability of standard all-wheel drive. Not traveling too far outside the family, the SX4 lineup embodies the sporty character and award-winning handling found in its European cousin, the Suzuki Swift. And the appeal doesn't end there, wîth the 2011 SX4 Crossover, SX4 Sedan and SX4 SportBack offering bold, youthful styling and a generous list of standard features.

With a lowered ride height (SX4 Sport), sport-tuned suspension and performance-oriented rubber, the 2011 SX4 Sedan continues to attract singles, couples, families and any car shopper seeking quality, comfort and capability – minus the high cost normally associated wîth that combination.

As wîth all 2011 Suzuki automobiles and light trucks, the SX4 Sedan is backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.

Bold, Youthful Styling
Outside, SX4 Sedan prospects will note an articulated beltline wîth 'wedge' profile shape to indicate movement, as well as expressive headlamps inspired by the traditional Japanese Kabuki masks and a revised sporty grille. The SX4 Sedan's exterior is further distinguished by muscular wheel arches accented wîth a body kit (SX4 Sport) for an athletic stance. The high roofline provides extra visibility, a higher seating position, and a feeling of spaciousness similar to that of a much larger vehicle.

Comfort and Sophistication
Passenger comfort and convenience are attended to by an interior that has a sophisticated feeling reminiscent of vehicles much higher in price. The center stack includes available automatic climate controls, aluminum-look accents, 60/40 split folding rear seats, and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system wîth MP3 and XM Satellite Radio????1 compatibility. Integrated Garmin2 navigation, wîth literally millions of points of interest, weather forecast, parking location assistance and voice prompts, is standard on SX4 Sedan Sport.

Built for Safety
Safety technology in the SX4 Sedan includes eight standard airbags: driver and front passenger advanced frontal airbags; front seat-mounted side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags designed to help provide additional protection for front and outboard rear-seat passengers and, new for 2011, rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags. Active safety items include four-wheel disc brakes (SX4 Sport) wîth an anti-lock braking system and electronic brake-force distribution.

Passive safety continues wîth a reinforced body wîth front and rear crumple zones designed to help absorb impact energy and direct it away from the reinforced cabin. Front three-point seatbelts include pretensioners and force limiters. The SX4 Sedan also is equipped wîth ISOFIX-compliant child seat anchors and the LATCH system (Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children) for the rear outboard seat positions. These active and passive safety features, in combination wîth other features such as daytime running lights and a tire pressure monitoring system, make the SX4 Sedan one of the best-equipped cars in its class when it comes to safety.

With more consumers interested in bringing value to their purchase perspective, Suzuki expects the improvements to the SX4 Sedan to further build on the SX4's already broad appeal. With the addition of these enhancements, Suzuki's volume leader looks to turn up the volume, bringing the SX4 Sedan to an even wider audience of sport sedan intenders.

Powertrain and Dynamic Handling
The good news continues under the hood. Since its introduction, the SX4 has benefited from a full 2.0 liters of displacement. That capacity, a little more than 120 cubic inches, provides a competitive edge when contrasted wîth the bulk of the SX4's competitive §egmènt; there, a displacement of 1.8 liters is more often the norm. For 2011, Suzuki utilizes a 2.0-liter engine (new for MY2010) boasting five percent more horsepower and 4 lb.-ft. of additional torque than the previous (through MY2009) powerplant, while delivering – in the EPA cycle – 32 highway miles per gallon (manual). In a larger 2.4-liter displacement application, the same engine architecture is sported by Suzuki's all-new, technologically advanced 2011 Kizashi.

As before, the 16-valve valvetrain is controlled by dual overhead cams. From the same company building the world's fastest production motorcycle, one expects competitive performance, and this new 2.0 liter delivers: 150 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, in combination wîth 140 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm wîth the manual transmission (148 HP CVT). Beyond the numbers are a fluid delivery, instant responsiveness and a much smaller carbon footprint than its predecessor.

Connecting the improved powerplant to the SX4 Sedan's front wheels is the choice of a six-speed manual or a performance-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). With the addition of an extra cog, the SX4 driver benefits from six degrees of separation, especially when placing the Suzuki in its competitive §egmènt. Lower gear ratios are more closely spaced, allowing the driver to stay in the sweet spot of the powerband throughout the acceleration cycle. And while the closely spaced ratios improve acceleration when merging or passing, the overdrive sixth gear allows for relaxed cruising at highway speeds, optimizing the driving experience while maximizing fuel efficiency.

For added convenience, the CVT optimizes performance and efficiency through a console-mounted gear selector and paddle shifters, better maintaining the engine's rpm 'sweet spot' over a wide range of in-town and freeway driving.

The SX4 Sport retains MacPherson struts in the front, wîth a rear torsion beam in the back. Refined in Europe – and drawing from the widely acclaimed Suzuki Swift – the sport-tuned suspension offers a 10mm lower ride height than non-Sport SX4 models, KYB performance shocks and standard stabilizer bars. The combination of a wide track and large 17-inch alloy wheels wîth low-profile 50-series tires optimizes the ride and handling balance, while adding to the vehicle's dynamic personality.

2011 Suzuki SX4 Sedan/Sedan Sport Trim Levels and Packages
The SX4 Sedan comes in three trim levels: Base, LE and new Anniversary Edition value package that adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, remote keyless entry and paddle shifters to last year's LE Popular Value Package. The SX4 Sport SE offers all of the features on the SX4 Sedan, as well as standard rear disc brakes, aero body kit, fog lights, leather §teering wheel, pop-up integrated navigation system (with standard advanced navigation features), cruise control, paddle shifters, remote keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels and an optional Bluetooth????3 hands-free system.

Source - Suzuki
A joint affair between Japanese automaker Suzuki and Italian automaker Fiat, the SX4 was a compact SUV that was sold in Europe as the Fiat Sedici and Asian markets as the Maruit Suzuki SX4. Replacing the Aerio, the SX4 or 'Sports X-over 4 all seasons' debuted in Japan on December 1, 2005 and internationally at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. Designed by famed Giorgetto Giugiaro's Italdesign Giugiaro studio the SX4 perfectly falls into Japanese external proportions and engine displacement for 'compact' cars. The original plan was to only market the SX4 in Europe, but popularity grew and was sold in most of Suzuki's international markets. Previously the 'SX/4' designation was used on an all-wheel drive AMC Eagle passenger car.

The SX4 was offered in hatchback form, and in some markets as a sedan. The SX4 is classified as a Mini SUV crossover, especially when in the hatchback format and it occupied a very specific market niche. The SX4 is manufactured at the Magyar Suzuki plant in Esztergom, Hungary, Sagara Japan and Manesar India. Initially the crossover was completely built-up/CBU and directly imported from Japan, but the following year locally-assembled versions were introduced to meet the unexpected demand. These versions came with some handy extras like Multi Information Display and 4-wheel disc brakes.

The first generation SX4 was launched as a five-door hatchback, marketed as the SX4 Crossover. It featured a 60/40 split fold rear seats that had a tumble/roll configuration that allowed for plenty of cargo space. In 2007 the SX4 Sport Sedan model was introduced at the 2007 New York Auto Show. Replacing the Suzuki Aerio sedan and the Daewoo-based Suzuki Forenza sedan and station wagon, the Sedan was launched in India, Japan and several other Easter European markets.

In 2006 the U.S. SX4 model was introduced as a 2007 model year. Suzuki's entry-level AWD offering, the U.S. version featured AWD as standard and only 2.0 L J20A 143 hp inline-4 gasoline engine. Thanks in part to the success of the SX4, Suzuki Auto posted the best year-end close in company history in 2007.

In 2008 the base 5-door hatchback SX4 Crossover included power features like locks, windows and mirrors, CD/MP3 capability, keyless entry and 'intelligent' All Wheel Drive (iAWD). Available options included traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, fog lights and advanced key in a Touring package.

In 2009 the SX4 sedans received popular extras like standard GPS navigation systems by Garmin with Bluetooth, weather and a gas station finder. The U.S. SX4 Sedan Sport only came with front-wheel drive. The SX4 Sport and SX4 Crossover options were virtually identical except for no iAWD for the Sport. The sedan had 18 cubic feet of trunk space.

Fully imported from Japan was both the 1.6 L FWD hatchback and 1.6 L FWD sedan models available in Malaysia and Israel. Only a two-wheel drive model with 1.5 L engine was available in Indonesia. Both two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions of the SX4 are available, though not with all combinations of drivetrain and body style in every market. An electronically controlled iAWD 3-mode four wheel drive system is utilized in AWD models that allows the user to select between front wheel drive 2WD mode, automatic AWD AUTO mode, and AWD LOCK 50:50 split permanent AWD LOCK mode that can only be used up to 40 mph before switched to AWD Auto mode.

After 2010 the SX4 five-door hatchback was available with a 1.6 L DOHC VVT engine, 2.0 L DOHC VVT engine and 2.0 L DDiS diesel engine with 240 lb/ft of torque on the AWD version. To meet the new CO2 emission control standards Euro 5 regulations the 1.6 L DOHC VVT engine was revised. Engine power leapt from 107 to 120 bhp this year. The U.S. market got a brand new 2.0 L engine with increased 150 bhp (from 143) and lower fuel consumption.

1.6 L engine car were available with either a new six-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Producing 148 hp at 6,000 rpm was the continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters on a 2.0 L I4 engine. The same engine produces 150 hp at 6,200 rpm on standard six-speed manual transmission.

Upgrades to the SX4 in 2010 included new front ventilated and rear disc brakes, ABS, cruise control, 6 airbags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), optional on 1.6 L models. Other updates this year included a mini facelift on the grille and taillights. Other changes were made to the instrument cluster, door trim and climate controls. The cargo hold area was restructured to replace the fold-up rear seats with 'arena seating' raised rear seat layout. New rear skid plates were added to non-fleet AWD models. New this year was a SportBack model with body kit, rear spoiler and lowered sport-tuned suspension. This model didn't have a roof rack.

An Indian version of the SX4, the Maruti Suzuki was introduced in 2007. Minor differences separated this model from the other ones. At the launch the 1.6 L gasoline engine powered these SUVs without VVT with 101 hp at 5,600 rpm and 100 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Eventually the Maruit was updated to the 1.6 L engine with VVT. In August 2010 a compressed natural gas (CNG) factory fitted kit was introduced. The following February a diesel version was debuted that used the Fiat 1.3 L (DDiS) engine with variable geometry turbo. This was the same engine used in the Fiat Linea and Punto.

Debuted at the 2008 Hokkaido Tōyako summit was an experimental Suzuki concept car called the SX4-FCV (Fuel-Cell Vehicle) that ran on alternative power that includes an 80 kW hydrogen fuel cell and 68 kW electric motor. With a top speed of 93 mph, the SX4-FCV had a 250 km range. The car was later shown at the 2008 Paris International Motor Show.

Within the Suzuki World Rally Team the SX4 competed in the 2007 and 2008 World Rally Championship seasons. However Suzuki withdrew from the competition. The Suzuki automaker announced at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show that it would enter the FIA World Rally Championship, with the Suzuki World Rally Team in the World Rally Car category in 2007. The factory backed car produced 320 hp and 400 lb/ft of torque with the SX4 WRC with AWD and the J20 engine. Suzuki ended up needing the 2007 season to work on further developments for the SX4 and WRC calendar changes, so Suzuki officially debuted in 2008. Finishing 31st overall, the SX4 competed on a test basis in two 2007 WRC events; the Rallye de France in October 2007 and the Rally GB in November 2007 where it placed 27th. With Per-Gunnar Andersson behind the wheel, the SX4 finished 8th in the Rallye Monte Carlo, the first event of 2008.

A specially adapted SX4 racecar was fitted with a twin turbocharged 3.1 L V6 engine and called 'Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special'. Its V6 engine produced 910 hp and 660 lb/ft of torque. With Noburhiro Tajima behind the wheel at the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the track record time was set at 9:51.278.

There was speculation that a second generation of the SX4 was being produced. The new SX4 would be Suzuki-only as Fiat is replacing the Sedici with the new 500X. 'Spy Shots' in July of 2012 have indicated that the possible second generation was a similar version from before but slightly bigger and taking cues from the Suzuki Kizashi. In 2012 Suzuki debuted the S-Cross compact crossover concept at the Paris Motor Show. Suzuki states that the S-Cross would be a new model and not a replacement for the SX4. Production was scheduled to continue.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show Suzuki debuted the new 2014 awaited SX4 S-Cross design, based on the S-Cross concept. Riding on a 102-inch wheelbase, the new SX4 was bigger and beefier than its predecessor. 169 inches long, 69 inches wide and 62 inches tall, the new S-Cross featured a much more spacious cabin and plenty of trunk space. In the fall of 2013 the European model went on sale and had the option of a 1.6-liter petrol engine or 1.6-liter diesel, with either manual or CVT transmission. The U.S. and Canada doesn't offer the SX4 S-Cross because Suzuki had withdrawn from that market.

The 2013 SX4 was launched in Sportback, Sedan and Crossover trims. Pumping out 150 hp and 140 lb/ft of torque, all three of the models were powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and had a starting price around $15,845. With an EPA estimate 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, the modern SX4 is equipped with popular extras like handsfree communication, touchscreen navigation with traffic info, heated front seats, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and AWD on the Crossover, and FWD standard on the other trims. Transmission options are a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic. Safety features on the SX4 included ABS, electronic brake distribution (EBD), eight standard airbags, brake assist (BA), and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS).

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_SX4
http://www.nadaguides.com/Cars/2013/Suzuki/SX4

By Jessica Donaldson
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