Suzuki SX4 AWD Crossover

Suzuki's SX4 Crossover has maintained a loyal following by effortlessly blending the nimble handling of a compact five-door with the 'adventure sport' capability of all-wheel drive. As the core model in what is now a full SX4 lineup that spans everything from sedans to five-doors and both front-wheel drive (FWD) and AWD models, the five-door SX4 Crossover remains America's least expensive automobile with all-wheel drive and continues to capture media attention and praise.

Outside, the SX4 AWD Crossover benefits from muscular wheel arches. A high roofline adds extra space, versatility and expressiveness and the SX4 Crossover's roof rails increase functionality. For Suzuki's 'confident explorer' target customer, sport accessories include crossbars and roof rack, with attachments for a skis or a bicycle. Fog lamps and heated outside mirrors are also available.

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, however, Suzuki utilizes an all-new 2.0-liter engine, 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.

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

Source: Suzuki press

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