Suzuki Announces New SX4
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Following the recent success of the new Suzuki Swift and new Grand Vitara, Suzuki Motor Corporation has today announced it will start production of the all new SX4 at their Hungarian plant in December 2005.
The all new SX4 is a joint project between Fiat and Suzuki and has been in development for two and half years since an agreement was reached between the two manufacturers in April 2003.
At this stage the SX4 will only be made available to the European market, with the official unveiling of the vehicle due at the Geneva Motor Show in March of next year.
An initial 60,000 units will be produced annually of the new SUV with 40,000 units for the Suzuki European market and 20,000 units for Fiat.
The SX4 continues the sporty and stylish design of the Swift and Grand Vitara and will be available in two variants, the "Urban Line" which emphasises the passenger car characteristics of the vehicle and the "Outdoor Line" which features a switchable three mode 4 x 4 system.
The European market will have a choice of three engines, a 73kW petrol unit, a 79kW petrol unit and an 88kW diesel unit.
The inclusion of the diesel unit will make the Suzuki SX4 the only vehicle in its class to combine diesel, a 6 speed manual transmission and 4X4, guaranteeing maximum driving pleasure.
Suzuki Australia is currently investigating the possibility of introducing a vehicle similar to the Suzuki SX4 onto the Australian market in the near future.
Meanwhile, American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) today announced a specially designed U.S. version of the all-new Suzuki SX4 vehicle is slated to hit dealer showrooms in the United States next year.
The all-new SX4 features a versatile, rigid five-door design, an available all-wheel-drive system, and for the U.S. market, a sophisticated fuel-sipping 2.0-litre DOHC engine.
"Suzuki is known for its success with small vehicles in Asia and Europe," said Koichi Suzuki, president, ASMC Automotive Operations. “The all-new 2007 Suzuki SX4 is designed to provide consumers in the United States a fun-to-drive vehicle that is also practical and economical.”
The new Suzuki SX4 offers an available, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system that sends power to the rear wheels as needed with no additional input necessary from the driver. Called the Three-Mode Switchable AWD system, it features a selector switch on the centre console that allows the driver to select from three modes: 2WD, AUTO (AWD High) and LOCK (AWD Lock). Customers in the United States will have a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or an available four-speed automatic transmission.
Production of the European version of the SX4 begins this month at the Magyar Suzuki Corporation assembly plant in Esztergom, Hungary. The world debut of the Suzuki SX4 is scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006 and the North American introduction of the U.S. version of the Suzuki SX4 is slated for April 2006 in conjunction with the New York International Motor Show. The SX4 is slated to go on sale in the United States in the late summer of 2006.
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