Suzuki SX4 hatch­back has a new look and new fine-tuned en­gine

Bray People - - MOTORS -

THE suc­cess­ful Suzuki SX4 hatch­back has a new look and a new fine-tuned 1.5 en­gine line up. Lower CO2 emis­sions, lower road tax and lower fuel con­sump­tion.

Suzuki has up­dated its ur­ban sport cross­over, the SX4, giv­ing the com­pact hatch­back with a great new look and un­der-the-skin re­vi­sions in­clud­ing re­fined, Euro 5-com­pli­ant en­gine-all en­sur­ing that the cross­over ve­hi­cle will con­tinue to shine.

Build­ing on the SX4 hatch­back's suc­cess, Suzuki has up­dated it - start­ing with the en­gine. Suzuki has cut CO2 emis­sions and raised fuel econ­omy with the new 1.5 en­gine. The new 1.5-litre petrol en­gine with vari­able valve tim­ing (VVT) has a 10% in­crease in power and per­for­mance over the pre­vi­ous model. The power out­put is now 82KW (109BPH) and de­vel­ops 145Nm Torque at 4400rpm.

The new en­gine has CO2 emis­sions of just 139g/km* cur­rent road tax of €156 with fuel con­sump­tion (com­bined) of just 6.1 L/100km (46mpg). This is an 11% in­crease in fuel ef­fi­ciency over the pre­vi­ous model.

A short turn­ing ra­dius, rel­a­tively short gear ra­tios, a highly rigid body struc­ture, and sus­pen­sion tuned for the road make for a nim­ble, fun driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that has en­deared the SX4 hatch­back to the mo­tor­ing pub­lic. And now, the SX4 hatch­back has be­come even bet­ter.

Ex­ten­sive new noise-cut­ting mea­sures pro­mote oc­cu­pant com­fort. Suzuki's en­gi­neers in­cluded a larger en­gine undercover, re­fined pro­pel­ler-shaft damper and a new shift de­vice cover. In the body, they in­cluded in­creased body parts rigid­ity and re­fined in­ter­nal ma­te­ri­als. These yield higher noi­sein­su­la­tion and noise-ab­sorp­tion per­for­mance, thereby keep­ing en­gine noise and other ex­ter­nal noise out of the cabin more ef­fec­tively. Safety fea­tures Rear disc brakes are newly fit­ted to the SX4 hatch­back. The SX4 hatch­back has be­come one of the most affordable cars to have an an­tilock brak­ing sys­tem with elec­tronic brake-force dis­tri­bu­tion func­tion and six airbags. New ex­te­rior parts sport­ing a more re­fined look There are changes on the out­side too. The SX4 hatch­back has a new front bumper and grille and new front and rear skid plates that can han­dle the rigours of out­door life. The SX4 hatch­back also has all-new five-spoke, 16-inch al­loy wheels with 205/60R16 tyres, which look the part and make driv­ing more fun.

The high level of fit and fin­ish com­bines with a 1,605mm over­all height and a 2,500mm wheel­base to help make the SX4 hatch­back an out­stand­ing choice both for the city and coun­try driv­ing.

The SX4 1490cc GLX hatch­back is avail­able in Cos­mic Black, Silky Sil­ver, Kashmir Blue, Galac­tic Grey, Bright Red, Sun­light Cop­per for €17,385. www.suzuki.ie

SUP­PLE­MENT COM­PILED BY PEO­PLE NEWS­PA­PERS MO­TOR­ING COR­RE­SPON­DENT DAVID TUCKER

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