Suzuki to Debut the All-new Sx4 Sport in Texas

By: Evander Klum

The Japanese automaker Suzuki will make the State Fair of Texas as the stage for the world premiere of its all new SX4 Sport model. In addition, Suzuki will also present a wide range of vehicle models in Texas including the SX4 Crossover and the XL7 midsize crossover SUV. The Japanese automaker will also debut its newest concept model at the State Fair of Texas called the BaseCamp.

According to Mark Harano, president of ASMC Automotive Operations:
"We're excited to introduce the all-new SX4 Sport to the Lone Star State, as well as showcase the rest of Suzuki's 2008 full-line of vehicles, including two regional favorites -- the Grand Vitara and XL7. Suzuki has a solid network of approximately 40 dealers in Texas, and their contributions will be invaluable as we move toward another record sales year in 2007."

The all new Suzuki SX4 Sport shares the design cues found on the SX4 Crossover. The vehicle features excellent driving dynamics, handling capabilities, and a host of standard features inside and out representing Suzuki's "Way of Life" brand philosophy. According to Suzuki, the SX4 Sport targets younger male buyers and represents a core model that is distinctive from other competitors in the segment like the Volvo C30 equipped with .

Designed at the Suzuki studio in Japan, the SX4 Sport comes with a bold styling accented by the vehicle's sleek exterior parts including front lamp design inspired by Japanese Kabuki masks, large Suzuki "S" on the honeycomb mesh grille, low rising waistline, large triangular shaped windows forward of the front doors, 17-inch alloy wheels, flared fenders, oversized trunk, and an available rear deck lid spoiler.

Inside, the Suzuki SX4 Sport comes with a wide array of interior features and other in-car amenities. Interior highlights of the Suzuki SX4 Sport include functional and high-tech center panel, integrated center stack, standard AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with four speakers, available six-disc in-dash CD AM/FM/MP3 audio system with nine speakers (including subwoofer), available Suzuki iPod interface, steering wheel mounted controls Bluetooth connectivity option, SmartPass keyless entry, higher hip-point seating, wider legroom and shoulder room, and a large trunk measuring more than 14 cubic feet. In addition, the interior of the SX4 Sport comes with a full line of safety systems to provide the best occupant protection during accidents. Standard safety components include driver and front passenger advanced airbags and side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags designed to provide additional protection for outboard front and rear seat passengers, front three point seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, three point emergency locking retractor rear seat belts, ISO FIX compliant child seat anchors, and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system. Other active and passive safety systems include high mounted stop lamp, daytime running lights, four-wheel Bosch disc brakes, anti lock brakes (ABS), tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and reinforced body with front and rear crumple zones.

At the heart of the Suzuki SX4 comes a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine capable of pumping out 143 horsepower and pulls out 136 lb. ft. amount of peak torque. This power unit offers a fuel economy rating of 23 mpg/city and 31 mpg/highway (EPA rated). A choice of either five-speed manual transmission or a specially tuned four-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain package for this model.

The Suzuki SX4 Sport will roll out in dealerships with two available packages: Convenience and Touring. The SX4 Sport Convenience carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $15,270, while the SX4 Sport Touring is price at $16,270.

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