Hatchet job on sedan

Suzuki’s at­ten­tion is on the hatch mar­ket for the SX4

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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

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