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2016 Suzuki S-Cross

2016 Suzuki S-Cross

A massive update that brings the goods

Suzuki first launched the SX4 in 2006, offering the affordable compact in both a five-door hatchback and a four-door sedan body style. Then in October of 2013, the Japanese brand decided to revamp the nameplate for the second-generation changeover, ushering in the five-door SportBack model and creating Suzuki’s first-ever C-segment crossover. But now, the SX4 is need of an update, and with that in mind, Suzuki has released a face-lifted iteration for the 2016 model year. Included with the refresh is a styling overhaul, loads of infotainment gear, and a broad portfolio of gas and diesel engine options.

Unfortunately, Suzuki said it was discontinuing U.S. sales back in 2012, but the automaker continues to perform well internationally, especially with regards to the SX4. Also known as the Maruti in select Asian markets, the SX4 is one of the automaker’s most important models.

So what did Suzuki do to keep this compact crossover feeling fresh? Read on for the details.

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2016 Suzuki Ignis

2016 Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki unveiled two concept cars at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the 2015 Suzuki IK-2 and the 2015 Suzuki IM-4, which previewed a subcompact hatchback and a mini crossover, respectively. While the IK-2 has already made its debut in production form as the 2016 Suzuki Baleno, the IM-4 is still under development, albeit in its final stages, as an official debut has been announced for the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October.

Confirmed to hit the market with an Ignis badge, the new crossover if part of Suzuki’s new expansion plan to include six models by the end of the decade. Originally believed to have been developed to replace the aging Jimny, the Ignis will have its own place in the Suzuki lineup, as the Jimny is slated to hang around until 2018, when it will be replaced by a redesigned model.

Granted, the Jimny and the Ignis are very similar in size, but it’s not surprising that Suzuki will sell them at the same time. After all, the new Baleno is only slightly bigger than the Swift, with the two basically competing in the same niche. From the looks of things, the Ignis has set its sight on the 2013 Fiat Panda 4x4, also a competitor for the Jimny.

Updated 09/30/2015: Suzuki announced its new compact car will be in fact called "Ignis" and it will be unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

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2015 Suzuki iK-2 Concept

2015 Suzuki iK-2 Concept

Debuting at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show alongside the iM-4 crossover, the Suzuki iK-2 is apparently previewing a more upscale brother to the Swift. Unlike the iM-4, which gives a foretaste of a mini crossover that could become a successor to the Suzuki Jimny, the iK-2 is aimed at a more crowded segment that is currently being led by the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta in Europe. Sure, the Swift is already somewhat competing against those, but the production version of the iK-2 would be slightly larger and a bit more upmarket in both features and pricing.

Most reports are already suggesting that the concept is almost production-ready, with the European version to be built in Hungary, while the Asian version would be sold under the Maruti brand in India. Countries like Japan, Thailand and Malaysia would also get similar versions.

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2015 Suzuki Vitara

2015 Suzuki Vitara

The Vitara, one of Suzuki’s most iconic vehicles, was launched in 1988 as a compact SUV. Dubbed Escudo in Japan and Sidekick in the United States, the small crossover came to North America for the 1989 model year. The Vitara name, mostly used in Europe and some South American and Asian market, was introduced in the United States starting 1999. That’s when the second-gen Vitara was born as a slightly larger, pricier and more powerful version of the first-gen model. A replacement was developed for 2005, but the current Grand Vitara has very little in common with the original concept. For 2015, however, the Vitara nameplate is making a surprising return to its roots, as it’s pinned as a compact SUV destined to compete against the Nissan Juke.

Set to break cover at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the brand-new Vitara promises to have "a striking road presence," a "distinctive design," and numerous personalization options, the latter a feat Suzuki rarely offers. So is the Vitara signaling the Japanese are reinventing themselves? It’s a bit too early to draw a conclusion, but the compact SUV is definitely a new approach for a company such as Suzuki.

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2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara

2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Suzuki unveiled the IV-4 — a concept car that previews a new crossover that will replace the Grand Vitara — at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. And now our spy photographers caught a prototype of the production version is out testing.

As you can see, the prototype is heavily camouflaged, so it’s pretty difficult to know what is hiding beneath. Still, considering an SX4 was testing next to it, and that it was wearing the typical Suzuki camo, it pretty evident that this is s Suzuki crossover of some sort, likely the next-gen Grand Vitara.

This new Grand Vitara will use Suzuki’s latest ALLGRIP four-wheel-drive system, but it will also come in your basic front-wheel-drive setup.

Suzuki promised that this new crossover will lightest model in its class, with lowest fuel consumption and the lowest CO2 emissions.

Though we are not 100-percent certain that this new crossover will carry the Grand Vitara name, we are pretty sure that we’ll see it in 2015. Sorry U.S. buyers, Suzuki does not plan to sell it, or any other model, in the U.S. any time soon...

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2013 Suzuki Crosshiker

2013 Suzuki Crosshiker

The 2013 SEMA Show bursting at the seams with wildly styled cars for the American market, and the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show seems to be doing the same for the Asian market. Suzuki seems to be the automaker leading the charge in wild concepts heading to Tokyo show.

The second concept car developed by Suzuki for the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is the Crosshiker. This concept carries on where the G70 — a concept unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show — left off. Just like the G70, the new Crosshiker is a concept vehicle that focuses on weight reduction and highly-efficient powertrains.

The new Crosshiker, just like a large number of other Suzuki concepts hitting the show floor in Tokyo, is part of the company’s new "Let’s Create a Brand New Story" theme, and is based on the "Small Cars for a Big Future" slogan.

The Crosshiker is the perfect proof that Suzuki is serious about developing the small car of the future, as it is a compact crossover that weights only 810 kg (1,785 pounds). It also features a sleek body to allow air to flow easily over it, keeping drag to a minimum.

Under the hood of the Crosshiker sits an all-new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that would likely make a smart fortwo puff out its chest. This petite powerplant, according to Suzuki, "strikes a good balance between power and environmental performance."

Sure, it’ll never see a showroom floor, but it shows that Suzuki, which recently pulled its automobiles from the U.S. market, still has a little fight left in it.

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2013 Suzuki X-Lander

2013 Suzuki X-Lander

Here in the U.S., we are getting ready for the 2013 SEMA show and the Los Angeles Auto Show, on the opposite side of the world in Japan, folks are getting ready for the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, which takes place from November 23rd to December 1st, 2013.

It looks like Suzuki one automaker that is taking this show very seriously, as it will unveil four brand-new concept cars and several motorcycles. All of the concepts are part of the company’s new "“Let’s Create a Brand New Story" theme, and are based on the "Small Cars for a Big Future" slogan.

The first concept — called the X-Lander — is based on the small Suzuki Jimny, and it looks more like a toy rather than a real car. The concept was designed as a four-wheel-drive hybrid vehicle, so it is ideal for crowded cities or hard off-road driving.

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Suzuki's All-New C-Segment Crossover will be Unveiled in Geneva

Suzuki’s All-New C-Segment Crossover will be Unveiled in Geneva

Do you remember the Suzuki S-Cross Concept that was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show? If you don’t, let us refresh your memory a little bit: it was a concept cat that previewed the company’s next-generation C-segment crossover model. This new crossover is slated as the replacement for the current SX4. The production version of the S-Cross will make its world debut on March 5th at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Few details have been released, but Suzuki confirmed it will offer "clear crossover styling,” a "roomy interior and one of the largest luggage areas in the crossover segment," and "outstanding versatility."

There are no details offered on the engine lineup, but each version will be combined with the company’s advanced four-wheel-drive technology that ensures excellent handling and driving enjoyment.

Full details, including name, design and technical specifications will be unveiled during the car’s official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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2012 Suzuki S-Cross

2012 Suzuki S-Cross

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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2014 Suzuki SX4

2014 Suzuki SX4

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.

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Suzuki Going High-Tech; Will include Pandora in 2013 Models

Suzuki Going High-Tech; Will include Pandora in 2013 Models

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.

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2010 Suzuki SX4 SZ5

2010 Suzuki SX4 SZ5

Suzuki UK has announced the addition of a new SZ grade for the SX4 crossover. This will provide British customers with a choice of three ‘SZ’ grades and two engine options – one diesel and one petrol.

The Suzuki SX4 SZ5 is powered by a 2.0-liter DDiS engine that offers high power and a strong torque of 320Nm at just 1,500rpm. The 2.0-liter DDiS incorporates a water cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system which is deactivated during warm up to help reduce emissions and a closed coupled diesel particulate filter (DPF) which enables more effective emission purification.

The new SX4 is also offered with a new i-AWD switchable three-mode all-wheel drive system that allows the driver to select 4WD-Auto, 4WD-Lock, and 2WD modes to suit driving conditions, giving excellent traction on low grip surfaces.

Press release after the jump.

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VW planning new CUV; Possibly the Rocktan?

VW planning new CUV; Possibly the Rocktan?

In a smart move by Volkswagen, the company is taking advantage of its partnership with Suzuki. They haven’t been together long, but the German automaker is looking to create a new crossover that will fall below the Tiguan. Late last year, VW purchased a 19.9 percent stake in Suzuki.

As we reported a week ago, VW is looking to be the largest automaker in the world by 2018. The company is currently working on a new crossover model that will fill the void below the hard to pronounce Tiguan.

Inside sources in Germany have reported that the company is using its partnership with Suzuki, using the SX4 platform on their new vehicle. Like the current SX4, the VW version should have all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. Power should come from a 1.6-liter diesel with 105 horsepower or a 1.2-liter petrol motor.

We hope that VW ships their new crossover to the United States, but as for now, we are in the dark. If the vehicle does make it to our shores, it could prove to be very beneficial for both parties. The VW connection could help Suzuki sales and for VW, the new crossover would help them compete in the newly created, small crossover segment with Mini and Audi.

The new VW crossover could be here as early as 2013 and if we compare notes for a minute, we could see the similarities between this report and our previous report on the Rocktan SUV. This report spoke of a VW/Suzuki collaboration based on the SX4 and placed under the Tiguan. These similarities lead us to believe that this new CUV is indeed the Rocktan and should cost under 20,000 Euros upon its release.

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Suzuki XL7 Ceases Production (For Now)

Suzuki XL7 Ceases Production (For Now)

Suzuki has stopped production of its North America only XL7 at the CAMI Ingersoll, Ontario plant it shares with General Motors. The suspension is indefinite, but will almost certainly last through the rest of the year. "It is an America-specific model," says Suzuki spokesman Hideo Kojima. "But since the subprime loan problem, that segment has been hit the hardest. So we decided to suspend it."

CAMI produced 12,407 XL7s last year, but this year has only popped out four (that’s right, four) XL7s through Sunday, May 10.

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2008 Suzuki SX4t Crossover Concept

2008 Suzuki SX4t Crossover Concept

Due to the demand of auto enthusiasts Suzuki took in consideration the building of a sport version of its SX4 crossover called SX4t. The vehicle uses the same 2.0 liter engine as the standard version but upfitted with Road Race’s proprietary turbo kit which helps it deliver 221 hp, an important upgrade comparing to the engine’s stock 143 hp.

The Japanese manufacturer used the Road Race’s GRIP springs and 17” alloy wheels in order to keep the car better on the road. Suzuki also added a CarbonTrix carbon fiber hood, and provided the SX4’s roof and A, B, C and D pillars with a complimentary dark metallic gray finish. At the interior the vehicle received a sport steering wheel from a Suzuki Swift and SWT’s drilled pedal set but also a Rockford Fosgate audio system which includes an enhanced amp, speakers and subwoofer.

More technical specifications after the jump!

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Cobra Suzuki SX4

Cobra Suzuki SX4

Exclusive accessories for the Suzuki SX4 are the latest additions to the extensive product line-up from Cobra Technology & Lifestyle.
To make the front of the Japanese Cross-Over from compact car and SUV even more striking Cobra Technology & Lifestyle offers a high-gloss stainless-steel front guard with a tube diameter of 60 millimeters. This accessory part successfully passed the crash test which is necessary to meet all current EG guidelines for pedestrian protection. The part, (...)

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