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Geneva 2013 Live: 2013 Suzuki SX4 – only in Europe, no longer in US

The new 2013 Suzuki SX4 changes its design, its dimensions and – therefore – even the segment, in the growing Crossover family. We’ve met the new Suzuki model at the Japanese stand in Geneva Motor Show 2013.

2013 Suzuki SX4 - Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live

2013 Suzuki SX4 – Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live

Forget about the old Suzuki SX4! We stayed at the Japanese booth near the new 2013 Suzuki SX4, and the unanimous conclusion is that we’re now talking about a different model so the Asian  manufacturer should have changed its name. If the old SX4 was a B-segment SUV, having the size of a Nissan Juke, the new model noticeably increases and will be a true competitor for Qashqai, ASX, Tiguan or RAV4 in the C segment of the compact Crossovers.

Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live: 2013 Suzuki SX4 photo gallery

2013 Suzuki SX4 Live at Geneva Motor Show 2013

It is true that this entering in the compact Crossover class is made with taillights that resemble, near confusion, seen from a distance with those of Qashqai, but the 2013 Suzuki SX4 with its slightly oversized lights, is very well placed. Suzuki promised a new 1.6 diesel engine about we still do not know much. We will see with how it will develop and how it will handle the new model in a market already full of interesting competitors.

2013 Suzuki SX4 will be built at the brand’s plant from Hungary, its design being based on the lines of the S-Cross prototype (presented in Paris 2012), the specialized press announcing even before the Geneva Motor Show that the new model will take this concept’s name. The immediate effect of Suzuki SX4’s growth is dedicated to the passenger and the luggage space, which visible increases compared to  the old model.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two generations of Suzuki SX4 is noticeable at the aesthetic level, where the old lines of its predecessor completely disappear for a  redesigned fascia, dominated by the massive LED lights seasoned with a band at the bottom. Instead, it brings back the familiar lines, the fans of this type of models easily recognizing similarities between 2013 Suzuki SX4’s tail lights and those of Qashqai.

Inside, 2013 Suzuki SX4 will pamper its passengers with materials of  obviously increased quality compared to the ones of the old model with the same name. The lines are, according to Suzuki, some that inspire emotion and quality and the on-board instrumentation is airy and offers dynamism.

The new SX4 has a length of 4300 mm, width 1765 mm, height 1575 mm, significantly larger than the previous generation. The wheelbase has been also increased by 100 mm, reaching 2600 mm. It stands on 16 “or 17” rims with tires size 205/60 front and 205/50 rear.

The new 2013 Suzuki SX4 will be available in the company of two engines, one diesel and a petrol. The gasoline engine is well known among the Japanese brand fans, being an evolution of the current units of the same displacement, it has 120 hp and 156 Nm of torque. The 1.6-liter diesel engine is new, developing 120 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The customers can choose from a six-speed manual transmission or, in the case of the petrol unit, a CVT (continuously variable transmission), available via the paddles on the steering wheel.

Obviously, the 2013 Suzuki SX4 can be ordered in both 4×2 and 4×4 versions. It is also equipped with the Start-Stop system, ESP, seven airbags, including the world’s first dual sliding glass sunroof. The sales will begin in the fall of this year, with prices yet to be announced.

Suzuki SX4 2013

Key features

Distinctive crossover styling

The styling combines a bold, sporty crossover shape, strong lines, a refined, distinctive character and excellent aerodynamics.

More space for people and luggage

The C segment dimensions benefit families by making the new SX4 Crossover a class leader in terms of passenger space and luggage capacity (430 litres*).

*measured using the German Association of Automotive Industry (VDA) method.

Next generation 4WD with ALLGRIP technology

A new 4WD system has four driver-selectable driving modes for better performance and safety under diverse conditions.

Some of the lowest CO2 emissions in its category

Engine refinements, superior aerodynamics, and the high tensile steel used in the bodywork mean that the new SX4 Crossover has remarkably low CO2 emissions for a C segment crossover.

World’s first double sliding glass sunroof

A double sliding glass panoramic sunroof – the first of its kind – has one of the largest opening areas in this category.

2013 Suzuki SX4 Video – Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live

 

2013 Suzuki SX4 via Suzuki stand at Geneva Motor Show 2013

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