vehicles display the marque of Suzuki in 2005
as this automaker from Japan points new products
at the American market.
Last year brought two new curvy four-door sedans
-- Verona and Forenza -- featuring sensuous Italian
styling and noteworthy standard equipment.
year, Suzuki adds a five-door wagon version of
Forenza plus a five-door compact hatchback called
Reno. Suzuki's subcompact coupe and hatch return
under the banner of Aero, and there are two sport-utility
vehicles with the XL-7 and Grand Vitara.
Suzuki's front-wheel-drive (FWD) flagship sedan
fits in the mid-size class and supports a spacious
five-seat cabin loaded with features for convenience
and luxury. The Verona shows sleek exterior styling
in the manner of premium European touring sedans
with fog lamps in the bumper and twin-light halogen
headlamps. The sensuous body sculpting was developed
by Giorgetto Giugiaro's studio in Italy, while
Porsche of Germany contributed to the design of
the aluminum in-line six-cylinder engine, which
has dual overhead cams and a 2.5-liter displacement.
It produces 155 hp and mates with a four-speed
adaptive automatic transmission with step-gate
has three trims -- S, LX and EX -- with features
building to the level of a luxury car. Standard
equipment includes air conditioning, power windows
and door locks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel,
keyless entry system and cruise control, plus
in-dash CD and cassette decks with six speakers.
Options extend to an automatic climate system,
leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-slide sunroof,
four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) with traction
control system (TCS), eight-way power controls
for the driver's bucket and 16-inch aluminum alloy
wheels. All Veronas for 2005 carry new side-impact
air bags and a tire pressure monitoring system
the Italian design studio that has shaped some
of the most beautiful cars in the world, worked
out the exterior styling for Suzuki's compact-class
car. It emerged in 2004 as a four-door notchback
sedan but shows up in the 2005 line with a new
five-door wagon variation. Both versions feature
FWD orientation with a spacious five-seat passenger
compartment filled with comfortable features.
The sole powertrain is a thrifty four-cylinder
engine constructed in Australia by Holden, a subsidiary
of General Motors from Down Under. The dual-cam
2.0-liter plant achieves 126 hp and teams with
a five-speed manual or four-speed-automatic transmission.
the cabin two contoured bucket seats mount up
front on either side of a padded console, while
the rear bench, notched with seats for two but
space for three, has a seatback that splits and
folds in two sections. Three trim levels -- S,
LX, EX -- increase the equipment load in stages.
All contain standard gear like four-wheel disc
brakes, speed-sensitive power steering, heated
exterior mirrors, a tilt steering wheel, air conditioning,
power windows and door locks, plus a stereo with
CD and eight speakers. Suzuki adds options like
a sunroof, ABS and leather upholstery.
newest label from Suzuki -- a sleek compact-class
hatchback with four doors for passengers and the
rear hatch lid -- also shows the influence of
sensuous body styling from Giugiaro's Italdesign
studios. It rides on the same platform that underpins
Forenza and carries the same mechanical equipment,
including the 2.0-liter four-in-line engine. Trims
are also similar with S, LX and EX. All roll on
15-inch aluminum alloy wheels linked to four-wheel
disc brakes and all provide frontal as well as
side-impact air bags, air conditioning, power
windows and door locks with heated mirrors and
a tilt steering wheel with integrated audio controls
for the in-dash stereo system for CD/MP3.
New body styling and a revised cabin design apply
to Suzuki's subcompact Aerio, which comes in conventional
sedan and unconventional four-door hatchback formats.
Both sedan and hatch share a chassis, powertrain
and mechanical hardware. The sedan skews to two
trims, a price-leading base model Aerio S and
deluxe Aerio LX, which has upgraded equipment
similar to the sole hatchback, Aerio SX. The cabin
layout includes a pair of bucket seats up front
and a rear bench divided by a fold-down armrest.
Aerios stock a twin-cam 2.3-liter four-pack engine
that develops 155 hp. A short-stick manual five-speed
stick is standard for the Aerio SX hatchback and
Aerio S sedan, but an electronic automatic four-speed
transaxle is available on LX and SX models. In
addition, the Aerio LX sedan and SX hatchback
with the automatic shifter offer Suzuki's QuadGrip
all-wheel-drive (AWD) system for sticky traction
on slick pavement. Advanced frontal and new side-impact
air bags go to all issues, while Techno Blue is
Aereo's latest paint shade.
This four-door sport-utility vehicle in the compact
class conforms for off-road forays with a body
of high stance featuring front and rear overhangs
angled acutely to make approaches and departures
easy when climbing over the rough stuff. For traction
on slippery trails, it packs an optional two-speed
transfer case in the four-wheel-drive (4WD) device
with shift-on-the-fly convenience.
stems from a 2.5-liter V6 engine which hits 165
hp. In the 2005 lineup, there are two trims, LX
and EX. Cabin appointments range from air conditioning
with automatic climate control to power windows,
door locks and mirrors; cruise control; a CD deck
in the dash with seven speakers; and a keyless
remote entry system.
largest SUV carries as many as seven riders on
three rows of seats in a cabin that stretches
about a foot longer than the Grand Vitara. The
exterior design appears more sophisticated and
serious, as interior appointments rise in tone
and quality. Trim designations vary to denote
the count of passengers. The LX is a five-seat
version with five-speed manual or five-speed automatic
transmission. The LX III offers the third-row
seat option to raise the rider capacity to seven.
The EX loads appointments in five-seat configuration,
while the EX III does the same but brings the
third-row choice. It also gets rear air conditioning
and side-step running boards, with leather seats
available. Power for all flows from a 2.7-liter
V6 that produces 185 hp. A 4WD system is optional
with push-button operation.
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