Suzuki has unveiled the new S-Cross Concept at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. This concept is a preview version of the company’s next-generation C-segment crossover model - the replacement for the current SX4 crossover - set to arrive on the market in 2013.
The production version of the S-Cross will be built with the company’s slogan - "Way of Life!" - in mind and will focus on delivering exceptionally low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. In fact, Suzuki has promised that it will be amongst the lowest CO2 emitting cars in the crossover C-segment.
The S-Cross concept features a specially created Crystal Green Metallic body color and not by accident. According to Suzuki, the image it evokes is one of "nature in the city and the city in nature" - yet another statement of the promised lowest CO2 emissions.
UPDATE 09/27/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the 2012 Suzuki S-Cross Concept.
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Back in July, we brought you the first spy shots of the second generation Suzuki SX4 set to arrive on the market in 2013. Those images revealed a heavily camouflaged prototype and these new spy shots wouldn’t have revealed that much more, except for the fact that the driver didn’t realize there were spy photographers around when he decided to peel away some of the cammo. At one point, most of the rear end was revealed, providing details that weren’t supposed to be uncovered just yet.
The second generation SX4 won’t be built as a joint venture with Fiat as is the current generation and will be offered in a five-door SportBack version which will add more sportiness to the car. Its exterior design will be inspired by recently launched Suzuki models - like the Kizashi - which will allow it to have harder edges in its more modern design (seen at the rear end in these spy shots). In fact, the exposed portion of the rear end is entirely more aggressive than the mommy-type styling of the current generation. The interior will also be revamped, getting a series of new technologies. Under the hood, Suzuki will offer a wide range of engines, with the top version being powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder with an output of about 150 HP.
Launched back in 2006, the Suzuki SX4 has only been offered as a hatchback or a sedan. However, the second generation - set to arrive in 2013 - will include a new five-door SportBack version which will add a bit more sportiness to the car.
The new Sportback SX4 has been caught testing for the first time, and it seems Suzuki has decided to heavily camouflage the prototype in order to keep us from learning anything new about the upcoming model. Still, it is pretty clear that the next SX4 will be heavily influenced by the look of the Kizashi sedan, while the interior will receive a series of new technologies.
As for the engine line-up, expect to see a choice of smaller engines, with the top version receiving a 2.0 liter four-cylinder with an output of about 150 HP. Suzuki will offer both front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations, plus a choice of manual or CVT transmissions.
Updated 09/04/2012: The upcoming Suzuki SX4 has been caught testing one more time, and now it reveals some more details, especially at the back.
When considering motorcycles, Suzuki is likely a brand that comes to mind. Their cars, on the other hand, nearly go unnoticed unless you are looking for specifically cheap transportation. They typically only account for a fraction of a percent of U.S. auto sales, but that fraction is a tight and very loyal market. Well, it looks like they are trying to dig themselves out of obscurity by adding high-end features to their vehicles.
Starting in the 2013 model year, nearly every Suzuki car, truck, and SUV will include a Garmin stereo system that will also include Pandora radio. With the internet taking over everything nowadays, it’s only expected that internet radio would make its way into more cars – heck, some cars now have a hard drive bigger than my desktop PC, seriously…
Pandora works a lot like satellite radio, as it is not broadcasted from terrestrial towers, but rather streamed through the internet. You can personalize your own station too, so there is no need to swap the station every time something you can’t stand comes blasting through the speakers.
There is no receiver or anything like that for Pandora radio, so this is really not costing Suzuki much, meaning the cost to you would be minimal, if anything. The Garmin radio connects to an iPhone, per Pandora, and the iPhone in turn receives the Pandora signal, broadcasting it through the radio. It makes us curious because Pandora radio also has an Android app, which means nearly any phone on the market can receive its signal. However, Pandora specifically mentions just the iPhone in its press release.
We are starting to wonder if iPhone and Garmin are maybe up to something, or did the Pandora rep just misspeak. For the sake of all Suzuki buyers that choose to use this service, we hope the latter is the truth. From our research, it looks like Garmin and Suzuki have apps for both Android and iPhone, so it was likely a mistake to just say “iPhone.”
Regardless of its connectivity, this is a step in the right direction towards Suzuki reeling in its direct competitors, Hyundai and Kia .
Hit the jump to read Pandora’s official press release.
This week’s episode of Top Gear is probably the most disgusting episode we have ever seen. The guys were faced with the challenge of finding the best car for $500 and driving them 500 miles from Santa Monica to Twin Peaks in San Francisco. At first, we could only imagine just how crappy these cars were, then the Top Gear crew let us know.
In addition to the foul $500 car challenge, Ruttledge Wood was given the chance to review the scintillating Cadillac CTS-V in all three body styles: coupe , sedan , and wagon . The wagon was by far Rutt’s favorite and he was absolutely clear on that.
We were also treated to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine as he cruised around the Top gear test track in the show’s Suzuki SX4 . His driving may not have been top notch, but he was extremely successful at cursing up a storm.
Hit the jump for details on Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 6.
Right off the bat, we have to admit that this week’s episode of Top Gear USA was a lot funnier than any other episode this season. The majority of the episode was spent trying to figure out which of the three hosts chose a better luxury car. However, instead of being the long and drawn out segment as found in previous episodes, this challenge made us laugh out loud a few times. The guys were driving around the Hamptons in a 1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a 1982 Jaguar XJS , and a 1988 Pontiac Fiero turned Ferrari 308 . Oh yeah, the Hamptonites just loved that.
In between the search for the best luxury car for $5,000, Tanner Foust got to take a spin in "the Beast," the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Torchwood star, Arlene Tur took a speedy trip around the Top Gear test track in the Suzuki SX4 .
Hit the jump for full details on Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 5.
The boys from Top Gear USA were back this week and they are starting to pick up a little bit of speed in terms of entertainment value. The discussions still tend to be a little too rehearsed, but we didn’t want to turn off the television as soon as they started talking. Well, except for when Adam opened his mouth, but we’re used to that.
The main focus this week was trying to figure out which truck was the best in America. After spending the entire first episode trying to convince us all that pick-up trucks could be convinced by two-door models, this was a welcome change. Other segments included battling it out between the Local Motors’ Rally Fighter and an airboat, and a trip around the Top Gear test track with actor/comedian Bill Engvall.
Hit the jump to check out the full details on Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 3.
With Top Gear USA set to debut on the History Channel at the end of November, details surrounding the show have been popping up recently, much to the delight of its growing fan base.
Yesterday, we told you the big news that the US version of the hit UK show would be getting its own Stig after Tony Hawk tweeted a photo of him and The Masked One doing some test runs on what could be the car TG USA will use for its “Big Star in a Small Car” segment.
Today, we finally discovered what the ‘small car’ is that these big stars are going to drive in the future. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the Suzuki SX4 Sportback !
Fitting in nicely with the label ‘small car’, the Suzuki SX4 looks to be perfect for the show. The car is powered by powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 140 lb/ft of torque so you definitely won’t mistake it for a sports car.
Now, celebrity guests on the show will have the opportunity to take the SX4 on a couple of hot laps to determine their best time for the highly popular celebrity segment. Maybe we’ll get to see how Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz fare with this car.
Suzuki UK has unveiled a special edition SX4 SZ-L especially for the UK market. This small crossover features a styling package that gives the exterior and the interior of the Suzuki a little extra. It will be offered in two colors - Silky Silver Pearl and Cosmic Black - and will be priced at £13,145. The new edition will go on sale this week, ready for the ‘60’ registration plate.
The SX4 SZ-L version will be distinguished by unique Gunmetal colored roof rails, a new front grille, alloy wheels, and front and rear skid plates. For the interior, the SX4 will receive a new style Alcantara trim in light gray plus a three spoke leather steering wheel with Gunmetal stitch detailing and six disc in-dash CD changer.
The SX4 SZ-L special edition will only be offered in two wheel drive format with 120PS 1.6-liter petrol engine and manual transmission. With a sprint from 0 to 60 mph made in 10.7 seconds, the SZ-L version will have a fuel consumption of 45.6mpg with emissions of 143g/km.
A few weeks ago, GPS manufacturer Garmin issued a recall on its Nuvi portable navigation systems after it was discovered that the batteries in these units have the potential to overheat and could, in a worst-case scenario, result in the system catching fire.
It also just so happened that Suzuki has three vehicles in its line-up that use the aforementioned Garmin GPS – the SX4 , the Grand Vitara, and the Equator – and as such will also be issuing a recall of the cars to fix the malfunction at the soonest possible time.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 20,000 of these Suzuki vehicles ranging from the 2008-2010 SX4, the 2010 Grand Vitara, and the 2009-2010 Equator, will be recalled beginning this month with Garmin technicians on hand to replace the malfunctioning batteries “by replacing the battery and inserting a space on top od the battery” at no cost to the customers.
So, if you own any one of these models, you can contact either Garmin (1-866-957-1981) or Suzuki (1-887-697-8985) for further information on the impending recall.