• What is it? A more powerful and fuel-efficient version of the popular SX4 Crossover
• The basics: Five-door hatchback with punchy four-cylinder
• On sale: Later this year
• Price: $16,000 (est.)
Either as a five-door hatchback or a four-door sedan, Suzuki's SX4 is a well-packaged, well-equipped small car and surprisingly enjoyable to drive. After all, for not much money, buyers get a nimble handling compact car with all-wheel-drive, standard navigation, and a range of different bodystyles.
Earlier this month we got our first look at the latest addition to the SX4 lineup, the all-new 2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack, and today the company has revealed full details. Joining the SX4 Crossover and SX4 Sport sedan, the new SX4 SportBack combines the Crossover’s practical five-door hatch body with a more powerful engine and more fuel efficient front-wheel-drive configuration.
Powering the SX4 SportBack is a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine pumping out a healthy 150 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, in combination with 140 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. Fitted with a standard six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel-drive configuration, the SX4 SportBack delivers an EPA estimated 22/30 mpg city/highway fuel economy. A CVT with pseudo manual control via paddle shifters is also available and gets a 23/30 mpg rating.
The SX4 SportBack’s suspension retains MacPherson struts in the front, with a rear torsion beam in the back. Tuned for sporty tastes, the SX4 SportBack benefits from a lower ride height, performance shocks and standard anti-roll bars.
Serving to further enhance the ride-and-handling balance are 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 205 mm all-season Dunlop tires.
Inside, there’s seating for five, power windows and locks, dual power rearview mirrors, tilt steering wheel, trip computer, split folding rear seats and rear passenger floor vents. The car also features a newly designed instrument cluster as well as standard navigation, and MP3 and XM Satellite Radio compatibility.