2008 Suzuki SX4 Sedan: New York Auto Show
High Content, High Style, Expected Low Price
Suzuki is on a roll. They’ve seen double-digit sales increases for the last three years, last year crossing the 100,000-unit mark for the first time. Their SX4 crossover SUV has been well received, and at this year’s New York show, Suzuki showed the 2008 SX4 sedan for the first time in the States. The small sedan was developed from the European Swift platform, and the Swift has won several international awards and critical acclaim. The SX4 uses much of the chassis bits from the Swift, including steering and suspension tuning.
When SX4 arrives in dealers in fall 2007, it will be with a long list of standard equipment, including sharp seventeen-inch wheels and tires, aero body kit (though a rear spoiler is optional), six airbags, and four-wheel antilock disc brakes. There is only one engine option, a 143HP 2.0L DOHC 16v I4, mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The SX4 sedan shares a platform with the SX4 crossover SUV, but doesn’t offer the crossover’s standard all-wheel-drive system.
The SX4 sedan promises to be a nice addition to Suzuki’s lineup, with good looks inspired by a Japanese Kabuki mask. The sedan has personality, but isn’t quite as quirky looking as the SX4 crossover.