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by Tim Beissmann

Suzuki Australia has expanded the safety of its 2011 Suzuki SX4 small car with side and curtain airbags now standard on the entry-level model.

The safety upgrade means the entire SX4 range now comes standard with six airbags and electronic stability control (ESC).

Despite the extra equipment, the price of the entry-level Suzuki SX4 is unchanged at $20,490 plus on-road costs.

The SX4 is Suzuki Australia’s only official entrant in the small car segment according to VFACTS, with the Swift and the Alto both occupying the light segment.

The SX4 accounted for 1.0 percent of the small car segment in 2010, and so far in 2011 it has slipped marginally to a 0.9 percent share, with 274 total sales.

The safety enhancements apply to all body shapes and vehicle platforms, including sedan and hatch, and front- and all-wheel drive models.

The announcement follows last month’s news that the Suzuki Swift and Kizashi are now five-star safety rated by ANCAP, thanks to their adoption of seven airbags and ESC.

The Suzuki Jimny Sierra and the APV minivan are the only vehicles in Suzuki Australia’s range not to offer six airbags or ESC as standard.

Both vehicles come with only two airbags for the driver and passenger.




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