SUZUKI NEW CAR MODEL GUIDE
Suzuki of Japan hones a reputation for building efficient vehicles with fun-to-drive traits by adding a fun-to-drive pickup truck called Equator. A spirited sedan — SX4 Sport — returns to Suzuki's 2009 line with a new entry-level edition. SX4 X-Over, a sporty five-door CUV (crossover utility vehicle), extends the all-wheel-drive (AWD) edition but acquires a new FWD (front-wheel-drive) version. Two other CUV wagons return under the labels of XL7 and Grand Vitara and each gains equipment.
Suzuki's fun-to-drive compact sedan has FWD traction and a four-cylinder engine displacing 2.0 liters. It develops 143 hp and ties to a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. SX4 packs class-leading standard features aboard, such as air conditioning, power controls for windows and door locks, four-wheel-disc brakes with an anti-lock brake system (ABS), curtain-style side air bags and 17-inch alloy wheels. New for the 2009 SX4 Sport is a standard navigation system called Suzuki TRIP (Travel, Real-time traffic, Information and Play). A price-leader base edition also arrives in 2009.
Suzuki's compact five-door CUV comes with FWD or AWD traction choices. The computer-controlled AWD system — dubbed i-AWD (intelligent AWD) — works in three modes — FWD, AWD or AWD Lock. For zippy strength but sippy fuel consumption, SX4 packs a 2.0-liter four-in-line engine which delivers 143 hp through a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. The cabin provides four doors for passengers and a hatch lid at the tail to access the aft cargo compartment. Safety equipment increases on 2009 issues now stocking standard ESP (Electronic Stability Program) skid controls.
Suzuki's largest wagon is a mid-size CUV constructed from a FWD unibody. It shows keen styling outside, crafts a spacious cabin with seven-passenger seating and offers FWD or AWD traction. Powertrain is a dual-cam 3.6-liter V6 with 252 hp through a new six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode. XL7 hones to upscale Premium and Luxury trims for 2009, each equipped now with heated door mirrors and the Nivomat self-leveling rear suspension as standard equipment. XL7 Limited offers a combined navigation system and DVD player.
Suzuki's compact-class CUV begins with a rigid monocoque structure typically used to make sporty cars. Grand Vitara has class-leading safety features and options for dual-range four-wheel-drive (4WD) traction. This year there are two new powertrain choices. Stock engine is a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter four-pack rated at 166 hp with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The upgrade plant is a 3.2-liter V6 worth 230 hp via a five-speed automatic. Grand Vitara for 2009 shows a fresh face with restyled front grille and bumper, and the list of standard equipment grows.
Suzuki's new mid-size truck caters to owners of Suzuki motorcycles, ATVs and marine vehicles who transport their machines to weekend playgrounds. Equator offers Extended Cab and Crew Cab conformations with RWD (rear-wheel-drive) or 4WD traction. The Crew Cab segments to Short Bed and Long Bed variations. Two powertrains are listed — a 2.5-liter in-line-four netting 152 hp and a 4.0-liter V6 ripping to 281 hp. The four-pack shows a five-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic transmission, but the six-pack uses the five-speed automatic exclusively. Standard safety items include seat-mounted side-impact air bags and curtain-style air bags.
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