Suzuki Expands Product Line With New Introductions at 2006 New York International Auto Show
"New York City is one of the most active cities in the world, and it serves as an appropriate venue to unveil two stylish and sporty vehicles to meet the needs of consumers with active lifestyles," said Koichi Suzuki, president of ASMC Automotive Operations. "American Suzuki is excited about the impact these vehicles will have on the company’s success and the impression they will make across the automotive industry."
In the creation of the XL7, Suzuki leveraged its SUV heritage and expertise to design an all-new vehicle for the midsize SUV crossover segment, providing style, room and adaptability for mobile lifestyles. The 2007 Suzuki XL7, equipped with a 3.6-liter, V6 DOHC engine, defines the new direction of the midsize SUV crossover market and is one of the first entries to combine room for family and cargo with performance, style and comfort not previously associated with midsize SUVs.
The all-new XL7 has cargo and seating flexibility for all aspects of active lifestyles, on-road performance capabilities, sleek and distinctive style and advanced safety features that provide a confident feeling of being in control in any condition. Suzuki’s new generation midsize SUV crossover is slated to go on sale in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Globally introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006, the Suzuki SX4 compact sport X-over with AWD will make its North American debut at the NYIAS. The all-new SX4 features a versatile, rigid five-door design, a standard all-wheel-drive system and for the U.S. market, a sophisticated fuel-sipping 2.0-liter DOHC engine.
The Suzuki SX4’s advanced intelligent all-wheel-drive system (i-AWD) sends power to the rear wheels as needed with no additional input necessary from the driver. Called the Three-Mode Switchable AWD system, it features a selector switch on the center console that allows the driver to select from three modes: 2WD, AUTO (AWD High) and LOCK (AWD Lock). Customers in the United
States will have a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or an available four-speed automatic transmission.
With its contemporary styling, high-output engine, the security of AWD and ABS and five-door versatility, the all-new Suzuki SX4 delivers the bold attitude and performance designed for those who live an adventurous life. The SX4 is slated to go on sale in the United States in the third quarter of 2006.