Hatchet job on sedan
Suzuki’s attention is on the hatch market for the SX4
Devers says the model update gives small car customers a value package. A TV campaign next month will raise its profile.
‘‘ We need to increase SX4 volumes,’’ he says. ‘‘ We’ve maintained the lower price from earlier this year, and we’ve added spec, so we’re expecting a 20 per cent increase in sales. We know the 2.0-litre engine is a ripper, we’ve just got to get a higher profile for the SX4.’’
Due out this month, the new model has a front end facelift, new-look alloys, new fabric seat trim and exterior mirrors with indicators.
Equipment upgrades have been limited to the range-wide application of cruise control and Bluetooth phone link, as well as the top-spec S model getting touchscreen satnav.
The engine bay is still inhabited by the 2.0-litre, teamed with either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable auto.
The little hatch has six airbags and stability control across the range and will also be available in two new colours — a metallic ‘‘ plasma’’ yellow and boost blue, which is back on the options palette. Standard features also include power windows, a leatherwrapped steering wheel with illuminated controls, remote central locking, aircon, eightspeaker sound system, trip computer, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock and brakeforce distribution, six airbags and power mirrors.
The S models adds 16-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry and ignition, wheelmounted gearshift paddles for CVTs and climate control.
Pricing is largely unchanged, starting at $18,990 for the base manual, adding $2000 for the CVT (as with the rest of the range). The S model, CVTonly, is $24,290.
The all-wheel drive range starts at $21,990 for the manual and $23,990 for the CVT.
The S manual will be $24,490 and the CVT $26,490.
Upgrades: The SX4 gets a facelift and newspec