Suzuki expects the SX4 S-Cross, the company's first compact crossover, to help the automaker turn around its flagging European business. The SX4 S-Cross joins the region's expanding market for crossovers as a rival to models such as the Nissan Qashqai.
SX4 S-Cross is crucial for Suzuki's European revival
What are the sales targets for the SX4 S-Cross?
Suzuki sells about 55,000 SX4s a year in Europe. Annual production of 85,000 is planned for the SX4 S-Cross.
Suzuki touts technology such as the automaker's latest four-wheel-drive system and the world's first double sliding panoramic glass sunroof as features that will help the car stand out in a fast-growing segment.
How good is the 4wd?
The AllGrip four-wheel-drive system allows the driver to easily select one of four modes – auto, sport, snow, and lock – using a simple push-and-turn dial on the center console.
Why is the sunroof special?
Two glass panels open to 560mm and extend over the rear seats, resulting in a larger opening than the sunroofs offered by most rivals.
The interior quality will not match most European buyers' expectations; steering is poor.
Launch date: September
Base price: 19,490 euros (Germany)
Main rivals: Nissan Qashqai, Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, Chevrolet Trax
Annual production: 85,000
Where built: Esztergom, Hungary
Lowest CO2 emissions: 110g/km
Suzuki says a roomy cabin and a large luggage capacity of 430 liters, as well as its latest four-wheel-drive system, will add to the car's appeal. "Families now want the crossovers and that's exactly what they get with our new SX4 S-Cross," Suzuki Europe President Takanori Suzuki said.
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The SX4 S-Cross is one of two models that will replace the SX4 subcompact in Europe. The second, a subcompact crossover, is due in spring 2015. At 4300mm, the SX4 S-Cross is longer than the SX4 but is 60kg lighter because of the extensive use of high-tensile steel for the body. The crossover is offered with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine or a Fiat-sourced 1.6-liter diesel.
Sales of Suzuki vehicles in EU and EFTA markets have fallen 7 percent to 126,851 in the first 10 months, according to data published by the industry organization ACEA on Tuesday.