Maruti SX4 Hatchback is a five-door hatchback and is currently available in Europe besides other countries. The hatchback is a C+ segment car and is elegant and dynamic both in looking and performance and has both the strains of a sporty compact and a sport utility vehicle (SUV). The car also features a 4x4 capability in European countries. It derives its looks from Maruti SX4 sedan but has also an off roader look.
The Maruti SX4 Hatchback was developed with Fiat that has fitted its diesel engine in the car. Maruti SX4 is also called Fiat Sedici in European countries. In fact Maruti is selling the car with the name tag of SX4 hatch while Fiat sells it in the name of Fiat Sedici. Suzuki and Fiat are selling the hatch in the ratio of 2/3, 1/3. The SX4 series of cars came in 2006 in the form of five-door hatch and later in 2007 came the sedan version. The SX4 hatch was given a facelift in 2010 giving it new interiors and a more powerful petrol engine. The sedan version of the SX4 got a diesel engine on February 17, 2011. In 2008, Suzuki unveiled another variant of the SX4, the SX4-FCV which was concept car that uses hydrogen fuel cell.
Though Maruti India has not revealed any Maruti SX4 hatchback specifications yet but it is expected that it will bring the same European version of the SX4 hatchback to India. The car will be available in both petrol and diesel variants. A Fiat engine is expected to power the car which is a votary of Suzuki’s philosophy of pleasure to drive, use, and own. Due to its tall structure compared to Maruti Swift and Maruti SX4 sedan, the Maruti SX4 Hatchback has enough room inside. Besides, it is agile and scores a century in handling.
Among the SX4 Hatch models available in European markets, the greenest one is 1.6 DDiS SZ4 while the cheapest one is 1.6 VVT SZ3 2WD. The top range of SX4 hatch is the 2.0 DDiS SZ5.
Maruti SX4 Hatchback : Interior Appearance & Comfort
The Maruti SX4 Hatchback interiors are dominated by “X-over” design. The curves and forms inside are soothing and smooth and welcome the occupants. The material and fabrics inside further enhance the quality look and feel inside. The motif inside is circular and there is a flowing centre panel that gives a hint of the dynamic performance and styling of the car.
The cars available in Europe have two tone interiors while the SX4 hatch planned for India is expected to have single colored interiors. However, in the premium models, the two tone interiors could continue. The two tone interiors are combination with black mixed with metallic colors.
The interiors give preference to comfort and ergonomics than to styling and visible delight. The audio system, climate control dials, and other amenities are housed on the central panel mixing function and form perfectly. Higher variants of the Maruti SX4 hatchback have nine-speakers inside giving the perfect audio experience.
There is enough room inside to seat five people comfortably and there is plenty of legroom and headroom for both the front and rear passengers. However, in order to step up comfort, space has been compromised. The seats seem to offer the right seating pattern for both the driver and the passengers that make the car comfortable even for long drives.
There are large door openings to ease entry and exit from the car. Plus the seat height has been kept ideal with rear seats a little bit at height. The rear seats can be folded to enable larger boot space of 625 litres with seats folded. Otherwise it is 270 litres.
Maruti SX4 Hatchback : Acceleration & Pick-Up
With 120PS and 135 PS power engines both the petrol and diesel SX4 zooms to 100 kmph quite easily. Where the petrol SX4 hatch touches 0-100kmph in 10.7 seconds, the diesel takes 0-100 kmph speed in 11.8 seconds. The 5-speed manual SX4 has a top speed of 115 kmph while the Automatic transmission version has a top speed of 109 Kmph. On the other hand the diesel version has 112 kmph top speed.
Maruti SX4 Hatchback : Mileage, Average and Fuel Economy
With a 1586cc, four cylinder engine inside, the petrol SX4 hatch is expected to deliver Mileage of 10 kmpl while the 1,956 cc diesel powered engine delivers around 10 kmpl average.
Maruti SX4 Hatchback : Power
The Maruti SX4 hatchback will be quite similarly powered as is the SX4 in European markets. There will be 1586cc and 1956 cc petrol and diesel engines respectively in the SX4. Where the petrol engine churns out 120 PS at 6000rpm it also produces a maximum torque of 150Nm at 4400rpm. The diesel motors on the other hand is more powerful and outputs 135 PS at 3500 rpm and a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1500rpm. The petrol SX4 has multipoint injection while the diesel version has direct injection system. All the models are mated to a five speed transmission. In UK the 5-speed automatic and 4WD models are also available but in India it is expected that the five speed manual variants will come.
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