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by Tim Beissmann

The second-generation Suzuki SX4 has been spied in Spain, giving us our first look at the Japanese manufacturer’s all-new small car that is due in 2014.

Our spy images reveal the basic shape and some early design elements of the new model, which retains the thin proportions and tall ride height of the current SX4 but looks set to adopt a more conventional hatchback shape with a sloping roofline and a shorter front overhang.

The front gets a completely new look thanks to dark tinted headlights and a grille inspired by the Kizashi medium sedan, while the prototype has a more planted, balanced stance than the current design.

With the interior left almost completely undisguised by Suzuki’s engineers, we can see the brand-new cabin design as it is expected to appear in the production car. The fresh layout is clean and simple, but decidedly more modern than the current model thanks to its sharper lines and silver trim highlights.

It’s unclear at this stage if the second-generation Suzuki SX4 will be twinned with a Fiat model, as was the case with the current model and the Fiat Sedici. The partnership between Suzuki and Fiat remains amicable, although Fiat is believed to be focusing its efforts on the 500L and 500X models in this segment.

The Suzuki SX4 first hit the production line in 2006 and went on sale in Australia soon after in January 2007. The range scored a significant upgrade in February 2010 and will come in for another round of minor updates next month, similar to those due for the Grand Vitara.

Suzuki has sold more than 14,000 SX4s in Australia over the past five and a half years. In its most successful year in 2008, it claimed a 1.9 per cent share of the small-car segment, although that has slipped to 0.8 per cent this year on the back of 988 sales to June.




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