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by Daniel DeGasperi

Designed as a joint venture between Suzuki and Chonqing Changan Suzuki of China, the Suzuki Authentics concept is set to target “the C-segment sedan class, which has the largest volume in the Chinese automobile market”.

Showing styling cues from the S-Cross concept shown at the Paris motor show last September, which morphed into the new-generation SX4, the same process is likely to occur with the Authentics concept next year.

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Whether it will be called SX4 sedan is unclear, but the car looks larger than the new SX4, with a stretched wheelbase obviously designed to afford increased rear legroom – of particular importance in the Chinese market.

In fact, the car looks larger than the mid-sized Kizashi, although Suzuki is keeping actual exterior dimensions a secret.

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Suzuki says the combination of a low roof height and long wheelbase creates “authentic” sedan proportions, listing sharp character lines and an inflected body shape with curved surfaces as defining styling elements.

“To create a sedan that symbolises Suzuki, the key factor was sportiness,” said designer Hisanori Matsushima.

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“What we need in a sedan is unparalleled quality and the ultimate elegance.”

Suzuki has confirmed the Authentics concept will transition into a production version to go on sale in China by the end of 2014. The Chinese-spec SX4 S-Cross will, however, hit the market first later this year.

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