JY Suzuki S-Cross replaces SX4, has dual-sliding panoramic sunroof

Suzuki will soon replace its SX4 hatch-cum-SUV with the larger, lighter, but rather plainer S-Cross. Although it’s referred to exclusively as the S-Cross, the car is actually badged SX4 S-Cross.


All Australia-bound S-Cross models are fitted with a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 86kW of power and 156Nm of torque. Compared to the outgoing SX4, the new S-Cross is around 110kg lighter, despite being significantly larger overall.

The Suzuki (SX4) S-Cross range kicks off in Australia with the A$22,990 GL; the standard 5-speed manual transmission can be replaced by a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for an extra A$2,500. Standard features include 16-inch alloys; space saver spare wheel; seven airbags including driver’s kneebag; 60/40 split-fold rear seats; cruise control; power windows; air conditioning; and black roof rails.

As far as audio goes there’s a 4-speaker system with USB port, auxiliary jack, steering wheel audio control, Bluetooth and a CD player.

Next up in the range is the A$29,990 GLX that features a CVT as standard; the AllGrip-branded all-wheel drive (AWD) GLX will set you back A$32,990. Extra features on the GLX include 17-inch alloy wheels; leather steering wheel; dual-zone climate control; xenon headlights; push button start; remote proximity entry key; auto dimming rear vision mirror; xenon headlights; front fog lights; automatic headlights; rear parking sensors; and silver roof rails.

The audio system is upgraded to a seven speaker layout. It also gains a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, sat nav, and reversing camera.

At the top of the S-Cross pile is the A$34,990 Prestige that features AWD and CVT standard. The standard kit on the Prestige includes leather seats and a large dual-sliding panoramic sunroof, which Suzuki claims is a world first.

Dimensions

Length: 4,300mm (+150mm compared to the SX4)
Width: 1,765mm (+10mm)
Height: 1,580mm (-25mm)
Wheelbase: 2,600mm (+100mm)

Engine, fuel economy, weight

Type: 1.6-litre petrol
Power: 86kW
Torque: 156Nm
Fuel economy: 5.7L/100km (FWD); 6.2L/100km (AWD)
CO2 emissions: 137g/km (FWD), 146g/km (AWD)

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Derek Fung

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