2008 Suzuki SX4 Sedan review and pictures

Posted on Friday, 6 April 2007 , 06:04:50 byAlina

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Suzuki SX4 Sedan

Suzuki will unveil its all-new 2008 SX4 sedan, a model that will join a growing array of spirited Suzuki products displayed at the New York International Auto Show this year. It will be one of the best-equipped compact cars in America and will perfectly complement their lineup of versatile vehicles. The model is powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine that is capable of delivering 143 horsepower and 136 lb. ft. of torque. The power can be sent to the wheels through an automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. The SX4 sedan has a rigid steel body underpinned by a well-controlled chassis that was fine-tuned in Europe to provide stability, crisp and responsive handling and braking. For optimal braking performance, the model features four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes as standard equipment. The carmaker tried to make the car safe and fun to drive and did it.

New York`s famed Jacob K. Javits Convention Center hosts a special North American premiere today as American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) is unveiling its all-new 2008 SX4 sedan. Blending driving excitement and performance in a stylish, head-turning package, the sporty SX4 sedan joins a growing array of spirited Suzuki products displayed at this year`s New York International Auto Show (NYIAS).

Created by the same Suzuki team that won European acclaim with the Suzuki Swift, the SX4 sedan joins the dynamic XL7 midsize crossover SUV, award-winning SX4 compact sport crossover and media-acclaimed Grand Vitara as an iconic vehicle that embodies the future direction of the Suzuki brand and the company`s "Way of Life" spirit. Its `poised for action` wedge-shape stance, muscular arched fenders and standard 17-inch alloy wheels all reflect the vehicle`s eagerness to provide a spirited and responsive driving experience.

"The SX4 sedan will be one of the best-equipped compact cars in America and will perfectly complement our lineup of versatile vehicles," said Koichi Suzuki, president of ASMC automotive operations. "Since New York has been home to so many of our significant vehicle introductions, we`re delighted to return and kick off the second quarter of 2007 with the launch of Suzuki`s latest exciting product."

The SX4 sedan arrives on the heels of an impressive 2006, when American Suzuki enjoyed sales of more than 100,000 vehicles for the first time in its 22-year history. Last year`s automotive sales were up 23 percent from 2005 and mark the company`s third consecutive double-digit annual sales increase.

2008 Suzuki SX4 Sedan

Powertrain
Built in Japan, the SX4 sedan features a sophisticated 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine rated at 143 horsepower and 136 lb.-ft. of torque, making it more powerful than the segment volume leaders. It is available with either an automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.

Handling
The chassis of the SX4 sedan evolved from the award-winning Suzuki Swift that received numerous industry accolades worldwide, including many "Car of the Year" awards in Europe and Asia. With an emphasis on dynamic performance, the sport-tuned SX4 sedan brings the excitement of the Swift to the U.S. market. The SX4 sedan features a rigid steel unibody underpinned by a well-controlled chassis that was fine-tuned in Europe to provide stability, crisp and responsive handling and braking, and minimal body roll. For optimal braking performance, it features four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes as standard equipment.

Safety
Consistent with Suzuki`s philosophy of both fun and safe driving, the SX4 sedan offers an extensive array of standard safety features, including four-wheel disc brakes with an anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). Passive safety equipment includes a reinforced body with front and rear crush zones designed to help absorb impact energy and six standard airbags: driver and front passenger airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags; and side curtain airbags designed to provide additional protection for outboard front- and rear-seat passengers. In addition, the SX4 sedan is fitted with front three-point seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters, three-point inertia reel rear seat belts and ISO FIX-compliant child seat anchors.

The all-new 2008 Suzuki SX4 sedan is scheduled to go on sale in the United States in the fall of 2007