New York Auto Show: Suzuki SX4 Slingshots Into Sedan

The folks that brought us the GSXR, and a motorcycle that came to be known as the water buffalo have added a sporting sedan to the SX4 fleet. Suzuki plans to build more motorcycle into every one of their their cars, and is offering yet another version of the plucky SX4 for folks who enjoy driving the snot out of their econoboxes along with saving a few bucks. A quick look under the car revealed no drive axles connected to the rear wheels, so we can only assume the production SX4 sedan will be available with the Suzuki three-mode intelligent all-wheel drive (i-AWD) system. Ideally Suzuki will throw some quad, Hayabusa, and GS1100 into the final version. Preliminary specifications after the jump.

Spy Photos: 2008 Suzuki SX4 Sedan [Internal]

2008 Suzuki SX4 Sedan (Preliminary)



Type: 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC
Materials: Aluminum cylinder block/aluminum cylinder heads
Displacement: 2.0 liters (1,995 cc/122 cu. in.)
Bore x stroke: 84.0 mm x 90.0 mm/3.31 in. x 3.54 in.
Compression ratio: 10.5:1
Horsepower: 143 hp @ 5,800 RPM
Torque: 136 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 RPM
Valves per cylinder: Four
Fuel system: Electronic multi-port fuel injection, variable induction system, in-tank fuel pump
Emission compliance: LEV II/BIN5
Exhaust: Single


Five-speed manual

1st 3.545:1
2nd 1.904:1
3rd 1.310:1
4th 0.969:1
5th 0.725:1
Reverse 3.250:1
Final drive ratio 4.411:1

Four-speed automatic

1st 3.672:1
2nd 2.098:1
3rd 1.391:1
4th 1.000:1
Reverse 4.021:1
Final drive ratio 2.813:1


Front: Independent: MacPherson strut suspension with coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers and anti-sway bar.
Rear: Torsion beam live axle with coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers and anti-sway bar.


Type: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Turning circle: 34.8 ft. (10.6 meters) curb-to-curb


Front: Power-assisted vented disc with floating two-piston calipers and pad wear sensors
Rear: Power-assisted disc
ABS: Standard, four-wheel, four-channel
Traction control: Available
Electronic Stability
Program (ESP) 1
(including traction control): Available

WHEELS 17 x 6.5 in. alloy

TIRES 205/50R17
Spare: TBD


Wheelbase: 98.4 in. (2,500 mm)
Overall length: 177.6 in. (4,510 mm)
Overall width: 68.1 in. (1,730 mm)
Overall height: 60.8 in. (1,545 mm)
Tread width, f/r: 59.1 in. (1,500 mm)/58.9 in. (1,495 mm)
Overhang, front: 35.8 in. (910 mm)
Overhang, rear: 43.7 in. (1,110 mm)
Ground clearance: 6.3 in. (160 mm)


Front: 39.6 in. (1,006 mm)
Rear: 37.5 in. (953 mm)

Front: 41.4 in. (1,051 mm)
Rear: 35.9 in. (913 mm)

Shoulder room
Front: 53.3 in. (1,355 mm)
Rear: 52.8 in. (1,341 mm)


Fuel tank: 13.2 gallons (50 liters)
Engine oil: 4.5 quarts (4.3 liters)
Engine coolant, 4AT/5MT: 6.6 quarts (6.3 liters)/6.3 quarts (6.0 liters)


Manual transmission: 2,668 - 2,778 lbs. (1,210 - 1,260 kg)
Auto transmission: 2,745 - 2,855 lbs. (1,245 - 1,295 kg)


Manual/Auto transmission: TBD