Suzuki SX4

The U.S. market version of the SX4 will be arriving as a 2007 model. It will be Suzuki's entry-level AWD vehicle that differed from the European model by offering 4WD as standard and by including a single 2.0 L inline-4 gasoline engine producing 143 horsepower. The Suzuki SX4 is a hatchback created jointly by Suzuki and Fiat. Although it was originally planned only for the European market, the car is sold in Japan and North America as well. It was showcased at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, and is being built at the Magyar Suzuki plant in Esztergom, Hungary, as well as in Japan. In total, an expected 60,000 units will be produced with 2/3 to be sold by Suzuki and 1/3 by Fiat. The Fiat model will be rebadged as the Sedici, and a Lancia sister model is expected for 2007. The design of the auto is credited to Giorgetto Giugiaro's Italdesign studio. Both the two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions of the SX4 are available. The 4WD models use an electronically controlled four wheel drive system that alternates between front drive, automatic 4WD and 50:50 split permanent 4WD. The base engines being offered are the 1.5 L unit identical to the one used in the Swift and the new 1.6 VVT that is seen in the new Grand Vitara. The latter one is capable of 107 PS, although the sales bulk will be comprised of the Diesel version. The diesel version will use a sourced Fiat Multijet engine, with 120 PS and 207 ft•lbf of torque. The SX4 will take the Aerio’s place during 2006 and 2007, with one year of overlapping sales. Most excitingly, on February 28th at the Geneva Motor Show, Suzuki confirmed that the marquee would enter the FIA World Rally Championship in the World Rally Car category in 2007. They will be using the SX4.