The entry-level naturally aspirated petrol motor produces 88kW of power at 6000rpm and 156Nm of torque at 4400rpm. The engine can be paired with a five-speed manual or an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), laid out in either front- or four-wheel-drive.
emissions range from 125-136 grams per kilometre, translating to combined cycle fuel consumption of 5.3-5.7 litres per 100km.
The turbocharged diesel engine produces an identical 88kW at 4000rpm to the petrol but more than twice as much torque, peaking at 320Nm from 1750rpm.
A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered with the diesel. Front- and four-wheel-drive options are also available, with emissions averaging 110-115g/km and fuel consumption measuring 4.1-4.3L/100km.
The petrol engine is confirmed for our market, and Suzuki Australia communications manager Andrew Ellis told CarAdvice that the diesel unit is also being considered but has not been locked in at this stage.
Both front- and four-wheel-drive options will continue to be offered in Australia.
While the outgoing first-generation Suzuki SX4 was a chunky, tallboy hatch, the second-generation SX4 S-Cross takes on more conventional compact crossover proportions.
At 4300mm long, 1765mm wide and 1575mm tall, the new Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is 150mm longer, 10mm wider and 30mm lower than the original. Its wheelbase has grown 101mm to 2601mm, contributing to a more spacious interior and a larger boot, up from 253 litres to 430L.
Ellis is hopeful the Hungarian-built Suzuki SX4 S-Cross will arrive in Australia around November/December, but said factors outside the local division’s control may see it pushed out to early 2014.
Despite being six years old and within months of being superseded, SX4 sales have increased eight per cent so far this year with 900 units delivered across the country from January to May.