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Patent images of the upcoming Suzuki Authentics have been leaked, providing the best look yet at the production mid-size sedan due to reach Chinese showrooms by year’s end.

First seen in concept guise at last year’s Shanghai auto show, the Suzuki Authentics patent images – leaked by China’s autohome – show a significantly toned down version of the C-segment targeting SX4/S-Cross inspired sedan.

Based on the patent images, a smoothed bonnet, tame profile character lines, more production ready front and rear bumpers and smaller diameter wheels will replace the sleek concepts sculptured looks, aggressive lines and larger alloy wheels.

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According to Suzuki designer Hisanori Matsushima, the Authentics is targeting sportiness, unparalleled quality and ultimate elegance, and is being designed and built as a joint venture between Suzuki and Chonqing Changan Suzuki of China.

The model – which is also due to go on sale in India badged as the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz in the second half of 2014 – is anticipated to feature a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine tied to either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The new sedan is tipped for an April reveal at the 2014 Beijing auto show.

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