Suzuki expects a major sales increase from the 2013 SX4

Article by Christian A., on March 20, 2013

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.

Suzuki revealed that the performance of the SX4 Crossover is due to the combination of a number of different factors. This includes the capability expected from a 4WD SUV and the excellent handling based on the Swift. By having a long wheelbase, stability and straight running are guaranteed. With Suzuki pushing for that worldwide environmental compatibility, the SX4 Crossover offers excellent fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions.

On the inside, the design has that emotional appeal like the instrument panel that has been formed to offer a better feel of dynamism and width. Talking about the instrument panel, its curves manage to overlap the doors with the soft padding that is pleasing to the touch. Meanwhile the seats have been stitched and shaped to give it that sophisticated feel.

Meanwhile, the use of silver decorations results in an athletic look which works well with this model’s black interior. Going to the exterior, the design clearly shows that each area has managed to attain aerodynamics. Examples include the smooth curves that go through the length of the bodyside. Then there is the roof line which slopes in a downward manner to the rear section.

In addition, there is also that modulated line which begins from the front and goes all the way to the rear. Helping with the aerodynamics as well are the door mirrors and the low drag of the wheels. Still on the exterior, Suzuki is offering 10 color choices for the exterior of the SX4 Crossover that help put focus on the model’s urban credentials.

One of these color choices is known as Amethyst Grey Pearl Metallic, a lustrous and deep grey having just a hint of amethyst to bring that spark in the darkness. Another new color is Crystal Lime Metallic. With this, the SX4 is able to bring that hint of city to the country as well as provide a hint of the rural area to an urban setting. Those who see this color on the SX4 will have that lasting impression especially its vibrant greenness.

Topics: suzuki, sales, suzuki sx4

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