Suzuki thinks that after shifting the SX4 crossover into a larger segment, it will get a major sales increase. In the compact segment, the new SX4 will go up against models like the Nissan Qashqai. The present car is a subcompact. According to Suzuki’s Europe chief, Takanori Suzuki, the SX4 is predicted to sell much higher than the current car because of its bigger space as well as its crossover appearance.
He told Automotive News Europe that this is the first time for Suzuki to have a car like this, particularly with its 430-liter luggage space, which is one of the best in its class. The outgoing SX4 only has a 270-liter trunk space.
160mm has been added to the length of the new SX4. So far, Suzuki hasn’t unveiled pricing for the SX4, which will begin selling this September.
The SX4 is the first Suzuki model to be powered by a 1.6-liter diesel engine that comes from Fiat. Suzuki’s deal to purchase the Fiat engine prompted Volkswagen to terminate its deal with the Japanese automaker.
VW said that the Fiat engine violated the alliance’s terms. JATO Dynamics said that in 2012, Suzuki sold 29,962 SX4 units in Europe.
Takanori Suzuki said that the new SX4 will serve as the basis for subcompact crossover that will come out in the spring of 2015 to cars that it will compete with like the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.
Suzuki will continue to roll out the SX4 in its factory located in Hungary. The existing SX4 is produced together with the Fiat Sedici in this plant but Fiat intends to replace the Sedici with the 500X, which will be rolled out in a Fiat factory.
By next year, Suzuki will launch a new minicar in Europe. This minicar is sized between the Alto and the Splash and will be produced in Thailand. For now, the Splash is built along with the identical Opel/Vauxhall Agila in the Hungary factory. Suzuki has yet to comment on what’s to become of its deal with Opel.