Given the reputation Suzuki has established in the industry, it wouldn’t be too out there if you thought that the Japanese automaker was capable of rolling out an impressive-looking concept.
Yet there it was at the New Delhi Auto Show where Suzuki, together with its partner, Maruti, unveiled the Concept CIAZ sedan. We don’t know what Suzuki has in store for the concept, other than plans to offer its in markets India and China.
But given what we’re looking at, we really wouldn’t mind seeing the Concept CIAZ, in production guise, make its way to American soil. It’s got promise, that much we can give you. But, with Suzuki pulling out of the American market recently, there is little to no chance that this concept or any other Suzuki will hit the U.S. market any time soon.
Performance numbers will be determined in the future, but from what we’re seeing, we have to give both Suzuki and Maruti some serious props for designing a sedan that looks and feels more than what it’s expected to stand for.
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Maruti Suzuki’s billing as the largest car maker in India comes with some responsibilities, one of which is releasing vehicles that will help the company keep its place in the said pecking order.
Well, the company took a big step in that direction with the unveiling of the new SX4 S-Cross crossover. Looking a lot like the Suzuki Grand Vitara, the SX4 S-Cross is being tipped as a worthy entrant into the burgeoning crossover market in India.
As far as credentials go, the Maruti-Suzuki carries a whole lot of it and its betting on the SX4 S-Cross to be able to carve a niche for itself once it goes on sale in the country in the not-so-distant future. The crossover is being tipped to carry a 1.6-liter gas engine that’s capable of producing 120 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. It’s not exactly all-conquering numbers but given the choices you have in the Indian market, that’s more than enough to be right up there in class.
Likewise, the SX4 S-Cross is also expected to be have four-wheel drive capabilities with the engine mated to a six-speed transmission. And as far as safety goes, customers should feel good about the SX4 S-Cross after it received a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. In case you don’t know, those are the highest of marks a vehicle can get.
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