Suzuki boss Kenichi Ayukawa has pulled the covers off the new S-cross compact crossover at the 2012 Paris motor show. Ayukawa has stated that production model could be expected late next year, and would offer “one of the largest luggage areas in its class,” combined with “four-wheel drive performance and a sporty format.”
The show car's exterior design is said to be very close to production spec, with its tapered roofline and flat lower door sections part of an increased focus on aerodynamics. The S-cross aims to tempt buyers from C-segment hatch and MPV buyers using a combination of handsome crossover styling, low emissions and practicality at a value-for-money price.
The production car will sit on a new platform that could yield an SUV model later. With a length of 4310mm, the S-cross is just 5mm shorter than Renault Duster but 20mm wider at 1840mm and 95mm lower at 1600mm. The new car will be manufactured in both two- and four-wheel drive form. Petrol and diesel power will be available, with diesel engines provided via Suzuki's relationship with Fiat.
Suzuki says the S-cross is an all-new model rather than a replacement for the SX4 or otherwise. It is yet to be confirmed whether or not the 'S-cross' name will be used.