Suzuki SX4 Sportback

The SX4 SportBack is efficiently designed to provide interior accommodations for five, with generous front and rear legroom and headroom. Wide door openings allow easy entry, and raised theater-style seating enhances the roomy, airy feeling for rear seat passengers.

The SX4 SportBack, tuned to sport mode and following the tradition of the urban-cool SX4 sold in European markets, benefits from a lower ride height, performance shocks and standard stabilizer bars. Serving to further enhance the ride-and-handling balance are 17-inch alloy rims sporting 205/50 all-season Dunlops. The sticky, low-profile radials contribute to the SX4 SportBack's sure-footed braking, as do standard four-wheel discs.

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 with the bulk of the SX4's competitive segment where displacements of 1.6-1.8 liters are more often the norm. With this newest iteration, Suzuki utilizes a 2.0-liter engine (new for MY2010), boasting five percent more horsepower and 4 lb.-ft. of additional torque, all while delivering – in the EPA cycle – 30 highway miles per gallon. In a larger 2.4-liter displacement version, the same engine architecture is found under the hood of the all-new, stunning and technically 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 with 140 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm for manual transmission models (148 hp with CVT). Beyond the numbers are a fluid delivery, instant responsiveness and a much smaller carbon footprint than the reliable predecessor.

Class-leading active safety features in the SX4 SportBack include the electronic stability program with traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system and electronic brake-force distribution. Together with the traction control system, stability control helps ensure vehicle stability when cornering, accelerating, driving on slippery roads or conducting emergency maneuvers.

Passive safety starts with a reinforced body offering front and rear crumple zones designed to help absorb impact energy. Eight airbags are standard, including driver and front passenger advanced frontal airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags designed to provide additional protection for front-seat and outboard rear-seat passengers. With the new-for-2011 rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, the SX4 family of vehicles meets 2014 side impact standards. In addition, front three-point seatbelts include pretensions and force limiters.

Standard features on the SX4 SportBack SE include power windows, locks and mirrors; leather steering wheel cover; fog lights; an upgraded audio system; aero body trim; cruise control; air conditioning; an AM/FM/CD/MP3 XM Satellite Radio-ready audio system; tilt steering wheel; 17-inch alloy wheels; and trip computer. In addition, the SX4 SportBack comes equipped with an integrated navigation system (with available advanced features including traffic, fuel prices and airline arrival/departure information) as standard equipment.

Source: Suzuki press

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