Suzuki interferes

Munich, 2. December 2013 – the former market leadership is long gone, there has been no real competitor in the compact suv segment until now. With the sx4 s-cross, suzuki wants to get involved again and stir up well-established compact suvs like the nissan qashqai. Whether he can do it?

Suzuki is two-pronged and offers the sx4 as a "classic" and "s-cross" at. In doing so, they are following mitsubishi’s already successful sales concept of continuing a model even though the successor is already on the market. At mitsubishi it was the pajero classic in 2002. At suzuki you have not even struggled for another additional designation for the outgoing model.

Of course, such a sales strategy only makes sense if the cars are different enough and there is enough free production capacity. With suzuki’s numerous markets with high second and third world shares, it’s even easier. As a rule, older models are built longer for certain markets anyway.

The sx4 s-cross and is 15 centimeters longer than the classic. At 4.30 meters, it can keep up with opel mokka or nissan qashqai. While the old model is based on the fiat sedici, the new one is its own development. Its wheelbase, which has grown by ten centimeters, benefits the occupants. The suzuki has also increased its trunk volume – it is now 430 to 1269 liters. But it still lags far behind the skoda yeti, which swallows 1760 liters of luggage. But it is also almost ten centimeters higher.

Rougher car, smaller engine, same weight

The s-cross is also lower than its predecessor. The disadvantages in terms of space are offset by advantages in terms of aerodynamics and fuel consumption. The fact that the diesel version of the s-cross with all-wheel drive consumes almost one liter less than its predecessor may be due to its smaller frontal area. However, instead of the 2-liter diesel from fiat, the s-cross now got the 120 hp 1.6-liter self-tinder, which previously could only be ordered in conjunction with front-wheel drive. According to the nedc, the two-liter engine needed 5.3 liters per 100 kilometers, the new one only 4.4 – an excellent catalog price. During our test drive, however, our consumption was around half higher at 6.8 liters. Because at the same time the power dropped from 135 to just 120 hp and the weight hardly changed, the performance deteriorated: instead of 11.2 seconds as in the sx4 classic, the standard sprint now takes 13 seconds and the top speed drops from 180 to 175 km / h.

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