The SX4 Sedan lineup continues to provide a spirited and responsive driving experience in 2012, attracting any car shopper seeking quality, comfort and capability. And the appeal doesn't end there, with the LE, LE POP and Sport SE models offering bold styling and a generous list of standard features, including automatic climate controls, remote keyless entry; air conditioning and standard navigation system.

For 2012, both the SX4 Sedan LE and Sedan LE POP add Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and rear disc brakes are standard features with the LE POP also adding alloy wheels and improved fuel economy. The Sport SE model benefits from an upgraded navigation system and adopts the same wheel design used by the SX4 SportBack. New exterior colors include Brilliant Blue Metallic for all SX4s and a new Crimson Red Metallic for the Sedan LE. Suzuki will no longer offer the SX4 Sport S, Sport GTS or Sedan LE Anniversary Edition in 2012.

As with all 2012 Suzuki automobiles and light trucks, the SX4 Sedan is backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.

Smart-Looking from All Sides

Outside, SX4 Sedan prospects will note an articulated beltline with "wedge" profile shape to indicate movement, as well as expressive headlamps inspired by the traditional Japanese Kabuki masks and a revised sporty grille. The SX4 Sedan's exterior is further distinguished by muscular wheel arches accented with a body kit (SX4 Sport) for an athletic stance. The high roofline provides extra visibility, a higher seating position, and a feeling of spaciousness similar to that of a much larger vehicle.

Comfort and Content

Passenger comfort and convenience are attended to by an interior that has a sophisticated feeling reminiscent of vehicles much higher in price. The center stack includes available automatic climate controls, aluminum-look accents, 60/40 split folding rear seats and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 and XM Satellite Radio(R)2 compatibility. The upgraded Garmin3 navigation system, with literally millions of points of interest, weather forecast, parking location assistance and voice prompts, is standard on the SX4 Sport, which remains the most affordable car with standard navigation on the market.

A Sound Safety Story

Safety technology in the SX4 Sedan includes eight standard airbags: driver and front passenger advanced frontal airbags; front seat-mounted side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags designed to help provide additional protection for front and outboard rear-seat passengers and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags. Active safety items include four-wheel disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system and electronic brake-force distribution.

Passive safety continues with a reinforced body with front and rear crumple zones designed to help absorb impact energy and direct it away from the reinforced cabin. Front three-point seatbelts include pretensioners and force limiters. The SX4 Sedan also is equipped with ISOFIX-compliant child seat anchors and the LATCH system (Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children) for the rear outboard seat positions. These active and passive safety features, in combination with other features such as daytime running lights and a tire pressure monitoring system, make the SX4 Sedan one of the best-equipped cars in its class when it comes to safety.

With more consumers interested in bringing value to their purchase perspective, Suzuki expects the improvements to the SX4 Sedan to further build on the SX4's already broad appeal. With the addition of these enhancements, Suzuki's volume leader looks to turn up the volume, bringing the SX4 Sedan to an even wider audience of sport sedan intenders.

Power and Dynamics

The good news continues under the hood. Since its introduction, the SX4 has benefited from a full 2.0 liters of displacement. That capacity, a little more than 120 cubic inches, provides a competitive edge when contrasted with the bulk of the SX4's competitive segment; there, a displacement of 1.8 liters is more often the norm. In the EPA Cycle, this engine delivers 32 highway miles per gallon (manual). In a larger 2.4-liter displacement application, the same engine architecture is sported by Suzuki's technologically advanced Kizashi.

As before, the 16-valve valvetrain is controlled by dual overhead cams. From the same company building the world's fastest production motorcycle, one expects competitive performance, and this new 2.0 liter delivers: 150 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, in combination with 140 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm with the manual transmission (148 HP CVT). Beyond the numbers are a fluid delivery, instant responsiveness and a small carbon footprint.

Connecting the powerplant to the SX4 Sedan's front wheels is the choice of a six-speed manual or a performance-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). With the addition of an extra cog, the SX4 driver benefits from six degrees of separation, especially when placing the Suzuki in its competitive segment. Lower gear ratios are more closely spaced, allowing the driver to stay in the sweet spot of the powerband throughout the acceleration cycle. And while the closely spaced ratios improve acceleration when merging or passing, the overdrive sixth gear allows for relaxed cruising at highway speeds, optimizing the driving experience while maximizing fuel efficiency. For added convenience, the CVT optimizes performance and efficiency through a console-mounted gear selector and paddle shifters, better maintaining the engine's rpm 'sweet spot' over a wide range of in-town and freeway driving.

The SX4 Sport retains MacPherson struts in the front, with a rear torsion beam in the back. Refined in Europe - and drawing from the widely acclaimed Suzuki Swift - the sport-tuned suspension offers a 10mm lower ride height than non-Sport SX4 models, KYB performance shocks and standard stabilizer bars. The combination of a wide track and large 17-inch alloy wheels with low-profile 50-series tires optimizes the ride and handling balance, while adding to the vehicle's dynamic personality.

2012 Suzuki SX4 Sedan/Sedan Sport Trim Levels and Packages

The SX4 Sedan comes in two trim levels: LE and LE POP with standard features, including power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; air conditioning; AM/FM/CD/MP3 XM Satellite Radio-compatible audio system; tilt steering wheel; trip computer; fender flares and roof rails. The LE POP also adds alloy wheels and improved fuel economy.

The SX4 Sport SE adds an aero body kit, fog lights, leather steering wheel, pop-up integrated navigation system (upgraded from 2011), cruise control, paddle shifters, remote keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels and an optional Bluetooth(R)4 hands-free system.

Technical Specifications - 2012 Suzuki SX4 Sedan/Sedan Sport

Wheelbase: 98.4 inches

Overall Length: 176.8 inches/177.6 inches

Overall Width: 68.1 inches

Engine: 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine

Horsepower: 150 hp @ 6,200 rpm (manual)

148 hp @ 6,000 rpm (CVT)

Torque: 140 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

Transmission, Manual: 6-speed manual transmission

Transmission, Automatic: Continuously Variable

Brakes: 4- wheel discs and 4-wheel ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution

EPA Fuel Economy Estimates: 23/33 FWD MT with 15-inch wheels

23/32 FWD MT with 17-inch wheels

23/30 FWD CVT with 17-inch wheels

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1For 2012, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) replaces Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

2XM Satellite Radio is a registered trademark of XM Satellite Radio, Inc.

3 Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd.

4 Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

About Suzuki

The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation was founded in 1963 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of approximately 250 automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors in 47 states. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer. In 2010, SMC sold more than two and a half million new cars and trucks and more than three million motorcycles and ATVs. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 193 countries and regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzukiauto.com. Suzuki can also be found on Twitter (@SuzukiAuto), Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SuzukiAuto) and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/SuzukiAutomotive).