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Suzuki revises its SX4


Suzuki says the range of updated SX4 models offer better fuel economy, more performance and greater refinements

The revised range of Suzuki SX4 models have just been introduced to the New Zealand.

Suzuki says the face-lifted SX4 five-door hatchback and four-door sedan are quieter open road cruisers and emit less CO² emissions, and a new engine, revised transmissions and upgraded interior enhance the new 2010 model SX4.

The SX4 is available in either two or four-wheel-drive. Three of the eight versions offered in New Zealand are equipped with a three-mode four-wheel-drive system.

Gone is the 1.6-litre engine version, and the full range is now powered by the new 2.0-litre J20B motor, replacing the 2.0-litre J20A unit.

The double overhead camshaft, variable valve power train produces 112kW of power (an increase of 4.7% over its predecessor) while engine torque is up from 184Nm to 190Nm at 4000rpm.

Manual transmission models boast a new 6-speed gearbox in place of the 5-speed unit, while the automatics are newly equipped with a continuously variable transmissions (CVT) in place of the four-stage automatic.

In the official combined fuel cycle test, the SX4 manual achieves 7.3 litres/100 km (38.7 miles per gallon) compared to the outgoing model’s 8.2 litres/100 km (34.4 mpg) - an 11 per cent improvement.

The new SX4 CVT auto is 16.5% more economical, lowering its fuel consumption from 9.1 litres/100 km (31 mpg) to 7.6 litres/100 km (38.2 mpg).

CO² emissions are 17 per cent lower in the SX4 CVT, producing 178 grams/km against 215 grams/km for the outgoing SX4 automatic.

The manual transmission model’s 170 grams/km CO² emission level is 11.9% lower than the 193 gram/kms of the previous model.

Newer engine technology and lower piston friction have also helped with fuel efficiency, output and torque. The engine is lighter, has better rigidity and enhanced thermal efficiency.

The latest SX4s are safer, with newly fitted ESP standard on all but the entry-level GLX model Sporthatch. Four wheel disc brakes and anti-lock brakes with EBD and brake assist are standard on all versions.

Interior improvements include upgraded texture for door trim and armrests and new seat and door-trim upholstery.

A new light-emitting meter cluster has an integrated digital information display, and the control panel for the climate-control air conditioning system has been revamped. In response to customer demand, Suzuki has fitted backlighting for the steering wheel mounted audio switches.

The highly specified range-topping CVT Ltd model has new shift paddles built into the steering wheel.

Exterior changes are a new design for the grille and aluminium wheels.

See the Suzuki SX4 for sale here.

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