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April 1 2013: In a flurry of big introductions, Maruti Suzuki India has softly launched the new 2013 Maruti Suzuki SX4 facelift in the Indian auto industry. The new SX4 has now received a more better exteriors and interiors along with a better fuel economy, however the company fif not changed the prices. Both diesel and petrol powered sedan have got better in terms of fuel economy. The petrol version of 2013 SX4 gives 16.51kmpl of mileage(a increase of 6 per cent), while the 1.3L turbo diesel SX4 returns 21.79kmpl of fuel economy. The CNG version of the sedan delivers a fuel efficiency of 22.1 km/kg.
The home grown automobile manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki India Limited that has produced a wide variety of vehicles in the market. It has a very good reputation of offering them at an economical price range besides being easy on the pocket in terms of after sales service and repairs as well. Among the various impressive models available, Maruti SX4 is one of the good looking sedan from its awe-inspiring fleet. It is available in a total of seven variants with petrol, CNG as well as diesel engine options for the buyers to select from. It has a 1.6-litre petrol engine that is based on a DOHC valve configuration. This can deliver a maximum power of 103.2bhp in combination with torque output of 145Nm. It is also offered with a CNG fuel kit that will help in returning around 22.1 km/kg, which is quite good. Meanwhile, its commanding 1.3-litre diesel engine can displace 1248cc and is coupled with an efficient five speed manual transmission gear box. This sedan has captivating exteriors along with luxuriant interiors, which will certainly lure a number of buyers. Its front facade features a bold radiator grille and a wide windscreen, while its sides includes neatly carved wheel arches as well as door handles. The rear end has a decent look and has aspects like a boot lid, radiant tail light cluster and a wide bumper. It is offered in six body paint options for the customers to select from. In terms of interiors, the cabin space is quite large and packed with many sophisticated aspects. It has a well designed dashboard integrated with many equipments, while there are well cushioned seats incorporated that offer good comfort and support to its occupants. There are also a few practical features available that helps in making the journey quite comfortable. Some of these include an air conditioning unit, adjustable head rests, key less entry and a tilt steering wheel as well. An advanced music system is also installed in the cabin that lets its passengers listen to their favorite music and stay entertained all through their way.
Apart from these, it has ticket holder, front seat back pockets, assist grips and a few other such utility based aspects that further adds to the convenience. It has a large fuel tank with the capacity of 50 litres, while the boot space is good enough for storing a lot of luggage. On the other hand, this stylish sedan is bestowed with quite a number of protective features, which will ensure proper security of its occupants and the vehicle as well. There are child locks available for the rear doors that keeps the kids safe, while the advanced ABS with EBD improves the braking mechanism even on wet and slippery surfaces. Besides these, it includes driver and front co-passenger airbags for enhanced protection in the event of a crash. All these aspects put together makes it one of the safest and sought after vehicles in this segment. It is bestowed with disc and drum braking system, which is quite effective and the suspension system ensures it remains stable on any road condition. Moreover, its handling is also made quite easier with the help of an electronic power steering system. This is offered with a standard warranty of 24 months or 40,000 kilometers, whichever comes first. The customers can also avail the extended warranty program for another one or two years for a nominal amount. It competes with the likes of Hyundai Verna Fluidic, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Vento and a few other vehicles in this segment.
The exteriors of this Maruti SX4 sedan is designed with a number of stylish aspects, which makes it look appealing. Starting with its frontage, it has a broad chrome based grille, which has four horizontal slats. It is also affixed with a large chrome plated badge of the company in the center. There is a radiant headlight cluster, which is integrated with halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Below this, there is a body colored front bumper with a wide air dam in the center, which helps in air intake that allows its engine to cool faster. It is also fitted with a pair of bright round shaped fog lamps, which further enhances the visibility of the driver. There is also a thick chrome strip on the tip of its hood, which makes it look classy. It has a slanting forward bonnet with a couple of character lines on it. The wide windscreen is made up of laminated glass and is further fitted with a couple of intermittent wipers. The side profile is equipped by body colored molding and outside door handles as well as ORVM's, which have turn indicators fitted in them. The neatly carved out wheel arches of its top end trim have been fitted with a set of alloy wheels covered with robust tubeless radial tyres. While the other trims have been given steel wheels. There are front and rear mud flaps equipped to the wheel arches, which protect from dirt and other debris. The rear end has a large windscreen with a high mount stop lamp and a glass antenna as well. Then there is bright tail light cluster with reversing lamps and turn indicators. The boot lid is fitted with a prominent company logo along with variant badging, a thick chrome band and license plate area. The body colored bumper gets a pair of reflectors that further adds to its safety.
This sleek sedan is very spacious and can take in 5 passengers with ease. Its overall length is about 4500mm along with a total width of 1735mm. The height of its base trims (VXI and VDI) is 1550mm, while the other two top end trims are close to 1560mm. It has a roomy wheelbase of 2500mm, while its front and rear track are measured at 1500mm and 1495mm respectively. The average ground clearance of its top end trims is about 180mm, while the other couple of trims have it at 170mm. This elegant sedan has a minimum turning radius of 5.3 meters, which is quite decent.
Editor's take : The interior space on the SX4 is good in the front and the second row. The bells and whistles on offer are also decent, however it misses out on the stylish interiors that most of its competition possesses.
Maruti SX4 is blessed with a roomy internal section that is decorated beautifully with a dual tone black and beige color scheme. There are five well cushioned seats incorporated that are wide and offer good comfort to its occupants. These are integrated with adjustable headrests and covered with premium fabric upholstery. The cockpit includes a smooth dashboard that is integrated with air vents, three spoke steering wheel and a stylishly designed center console. It also has an instrument cluster with functions like a tachometer, speedometer with white illumination control, amber switch illumination and an information display. There is an integrated music system fitted to its center console that is operated through a remote control. The dual toned dashboard and wood finished armrests on door trims with cubic printing gives it a classy look. This is further complimented by chrome finished door handles, AC louvers and silver garnished gear shift knob, which makes its interior appearance quite appealing. It has a spacious glove box compartment that is good enough for placing small things, while the interior light can be turned on by switching on the central locking. Apart from these, it is bestowed with several utility based aspects like front door trim pockets, ticket holder, vanity mirror on co-passenger side, three assist grips, day and night rear view mirror and front seat back pockets as well. There are also cup holders available on the center console and bottle holders on the door trims for added convenience.
There are a lot of innovative features available in this stunning sedan, which gives a comfortable driving experience. It has an instrument panel that displays door ajar warning lamp, driver seat belt indicator, key off reminder, headlight leveling as well as audible headlight-on notifications for the convenience of its driver. The base level trims are blessed with a manual AC, while the rest of them have a single zone automatic air conditioning system. It comes along with a heater and helps in regulating the cabin temperature. There are electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, which are foldable as well in the high end trims. It has all four power operated windows, while the rear windshield has defogger. The rear seat has center armrest, while the top end trims have driver's seat with height adjustment facility. The steering wheel is mounted with audio controls, which makes it very convenient for the driver while using it. In addition to these, it includes twin map lights, trunk room lamp, tilt adjustable steering column, keyless entry, adjustable headrests, center room lamp as well as remote fuel tank and trunk opener that increases the level of comfort while traveling.
It is designed with a spacious cabin that can easily accommodate five passengers inside it. There is enough legroom offered to its passengers along with ample head and shoulder space. It is offered with the boot space of 504 litres, which is quite good for placing a lot of luggage. This storage space can be further increased by folding the rear seat. Furthermore, the centrally mounted fuel tank comes with the holding capacity of 50 litres, which is rather good.
Editor's take : The acceleration on the SX4 is now more linear, and the turbo lag isn’t that prominent. This has resulted in better drivability even in lower engine power.
The company has skillfully paired both the power plants with an efficient five speed manual transmission gear box that distributes torque output to its front wheels. The variants with a diesel mill can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph in nearly 13 to 14 seconds. These are capable of attaining a top speed of around 155 Kmph, which is not bad at all. Whereas, the petrol trims consumes around 12.1 seconds to cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph. Moreover, these can achieve an impressive top speed that ranges between 175 to 180 Kmph, which is rather thrilling for the passengers.
Editor's take : The performance of the 1.6-litre petrol is good, while the diesel still lags that punch that competition has. The engine has to be in a certain rev band else it still struggles.
The automaker has introduced it with a 1.6-litre, VVT (variable valve transmission) petrol engine that has the total displacement capacity of 1586cc. It carries four cylinders, 16 valves and is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It produces a peak power of 103.2bhp at 5600rpm along with a torque output of 145Nm at 4100rpm. It also comes with a CNG fuel kit that helps in delivering a maximum fuel economy of 22.1 km/kg, which is rather good. On the other hand, it is incorporated with a 1.3-litre, DDiS diesel engine that has the ability to displace 1248cc. It has four cylinders, which are further fitted with sixteen valves in it. The maximum power generated by this motor is 88.7bhp at 4000rpm, while it yields a peak torque output of 200Nm, which is rather good. Both these power plants are skillfully paired with a proficient five speed manual transmission gear box that gives a smooth and precise gear shifting experience. Furthermore, these performance packed engines are compliant with Bharat Stage IV as well as OBD II emission standards.
Editor's take : The SX4 has decent fuel economy, however Maruti Suzuki engineers have further revived the fuel economy on the diesel engine.
Its performance packed petrol engine is integrated with a multi point fuel injection system. As claimed by the company, it can return a healthy mileage of around 12.0 kmpl within the city limits, which increases substantially to about 16.51 kmpl, when driven on highways. In the CNG mode, it gives nearly 22.1 km/kg on expressways, which comes down to nearly 18.2 km/kg on the city roads. On the other hand, it has a commanding diesel engine that is incorporated with a direct diesel injection fuel system. The maximum fuel economy delivered by this motor is 21.79 Kmpl, whereas it gives around 17.5 Kmpl, when the vehicle is driven in city traffic conditions.
Editor's take : The power ratings on the SX4 remain the same for the petrol and the diesel, however the company has made some changes to the ECM for better response.
The petrol mill can churn out a peak power of 103.2bhp at 5600rpm along with a torque output of 145Nm at 4100rpm, which is rather incredible for the Indian roads. In the CNG mode, it produces a maximum power and torque of 85.8bhp and 122Nm respectively. Meanwhile, its diesel engine has the ability to generate a peak power of 88.7bhp at 4000rpm. At the same time, it can yield 200Nm maximum torque output, which is rather good considering the Indian roads and traffic.
Editor's take : The SX4 gets an in-built music system with steering mounted audio controls, USB connectivity, etc.
Both the top end variants of this dynamic sedan series have been integrated with an advanced audio system, which will certainly enhance the in-cabin ambiance for the occupants. This feature packed music system has the ability to play CD, MP3, WMA format and also has a AM/FM Radio tuner as well. This music system also has other input options such as a USB interface along with an Aux-In port. It also gets a convenient stereo remote control, which makes it easier for the passengers to handle the music system. This sedan series is equipped with a total of four speakers, a couple of them at the rear and a pair in the front. Apart from these, it also has two tweeters in its front door trim. The multifunctional steering wheel has mounted audio buttons for further making the driving hassle free.
Editor's take : The ride on the SX4 is decent, while the handling is good as well. The meaty tyres do grip well.
This feature is one of the most crucial part of any vehicle and the company has taken good care of it. This sedan has a sturdy braking system along with a highly dependable suspension mechanism as well. This impressive Maruti SX4 sedan has been equipped with ventilated discs for its front wheels, while the rear wheels gets a drum brakes, which ensures that this sedan is well under the control of the driver on any road conditions. Apart from these, this sedan series also gets the advanced anti lock braking system along with a brake assist and a electronic brake force distribution mechanism as well for additional advantage and safety. On the other hand, the front axle of this sedan gets a independent suspension with gas filled McPherson strut type of a mechanism along with an anti roll bar. While, the rear axle gets a semi independent torsion beam with gas filled shock absorbers for better stability and balance. All these systems and mechanisms put together makes sure that this sedan is well balanced and under the control of the driver at all times.
Editor's take : The safety features on the SX4 are airbags and ABS.
This sedan series have been equipped with some of the best in class protective aspects. The company has incorporated this sedan with a driver and front co-driver airbags for enhanced protection of these passengers in case of any crash. Then there are 3-point ELR (energy load reduction) front and rear seat belts for its occupants with pre-tensioners and force limiters along with a 2-point lap belt for the rear center passenger that ensures all the passengers are safe. It also has child locks for the rear doors, which is an added feature to keep the kids safe. There are height adjustable front seat belts, which helps the driver to adjust it according to their requirement making the drive more comfortable. Apart from all these, there are side impact protection beams that help in minimizing the impact in case of an accident, an iCATS (intelligent Computerized Anti Theft system) equipped engine immobilizer that ensures that this sedan is safe from car thefts, an advanced ABS with EBD for better braking even on wet roads and many more such aspects, which will ensure proper safety and protection of its passengers as well as this sedan.
The company has given a set of different wheels depending on its variants. While the pronounced wheel arches of its top end trims (ZDI and ZXI) have been equipped with a modish set of 16 inch light weight alloy wheels. These classy alloy rims are further covered with sturdy tubeless radial tyres of size 205/60 R16, which have a superior road grip on any terrain. The other remaining trims in this Maruti SX4 model line-up are fitted with a robust set of 15 inch steel wheels. These strapping steel rims have been further covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 195/65 R15, which have a strong grip on the roads. The company has also equipped all the variants of this sedan series with a full size spare wheel. This wheel has been fitted in the boot compartment across all the trims along with a tool kit and other necessary things, which help in changing a flat tyre.
1. Its interiors are quite stylish and spacious.
2. Advanced comfort and safety features.
3. Instrument cluster loaded with several important notifications.
4. Roomy boot compartment that can take in lot of luggage.
5. Petrol engine performance is rather good.
1. There is still scope to improve its external appearance.
2. Its diesel engine performance can still be improved.
3. Pickup and acceleration needs to further improve.
4. Cost of ownership can still be made competitive.
5. Mileage is not up to the mark.
Country’s largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki has unveiled the all classy Maruti SX4 S Cross recently at the Indian Auto Expo 2014. This all new crossover carries a perfect combination of enticing exteriors, lavish interiors and efficient power-trains.
Maruti Suzuki India, the country's largest car manufacturer is aiming to launch an-all new mid-size sedan, which will replace the current generation SX4. The SX4 sedan has never been a top-selling sedan for the company, and it requires a makeover to create some enthusiasm among the car buyers. The new sedan (codenamed YL1) has been spotted testing quite a number of time in India, and our close sources suggest that the vehicle will be unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. Moreover, the company will launch the new sedan soon after the Expo or by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
Maruti Suzuki is the largest selling automaker in India, but the company is yet to taste success on products, which have a price tag in excess Rs 8-9 lakhs. The Baleno, the Grand Vitara and even the Kizashi haven’t done any numbers for the company.