Suzuki SX4 Sedan
Outside, SX4 Sedan prospects will note an articulated beltline with “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 with 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.
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) with an anti-lock braking system and electronic brake-force distribution.
Passive safety continues with a reinforced body with 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 with 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 with 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.
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; 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 with 140 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm with the manual transmission (148 HP CVT). Beyond the numbers are a fluid delivery, instant responsiveness and a much smaller carbon footprint than its predecessor.
Source: Suzuki press