Geneva 2013: Suzuki Facelifts SX4 Crossover

The redesigned Suzuki SX4 Crossover returns in a larger package, and debuts at the Geneva Motor Show. While the last SX4 was the most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle in the U.S., the new model won’t be sold in the states now that the Japanese automaker has stopped selling new cars. Suzuki elected to keep the SX4 moniker, which stands for Suzuki Crossover Four-Wheel-Drive, for the new model that offers a new sunroof with a huge opening, thanks to its dual-sliding movement.

The SX4 Crossover fuses the current SX4 SportBack’s square styling with the Suzuki S-Cross concept’s flowing design, while adding unique features such as the world’s first double-sliding panoramic moonroof, which the automaker claims is among the largest opening in the segment. The SX4 Crossover’s new shape with improved aerodynamics and lighter high-strength steel contribute to lower emissions and increased fuel economy. LED running lights integrated into the headlight assembly and a bold grille form the SX4 Crossover’s front end, while a body line below the greenhouse runs down the side from the headlights to the taillights.

The 4.0-inch longer wheelbase is now at 102.4 inches, while the 169.3-inch overall length has grown 6.5 inches. Width is up 0.4 inches (69.5 inches) and height is up 0.2 to 0.4 inches (61.8 to 62.0 inches) depending on whether the car rides on 16- or 17-inch wheels. Larger exterior dimensions improve interior space including the cargo area, which has grown by just over 50 percent.

Motivation comes from a choice of 1.6-liter I-4 engines. Based on the current naturally aspirated gas engine, the base engine features lower friction and lower weight for improved efficiency. The optional turbodiesel uses a variable geometry turbocharger for more torque throughout the powerband. While no power figures have been released for either engine, an engine stop-start system helps save fuel. A five-speed manual backs the gas engine, while the turbodiesel is mated to a six-speed manual. The CVT available on the gas engine features a seven-speed manual mode with paddle shifters. Suzuki’s next generation all-wheel-drive system is available with either engine.

Would you consider the new Suzuki SX4 Crossover if the automaker still offered new cars in the U.S.?

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