Suzuki has again turned its attentions to the sedan-hungry Chinese market, revealing its new Alivio concept at this week’s Beijing Auto Show.
For now, the Alivio has been confirmed for the Chinese and Indian markets only, although Suzuki Australia has indicated its interest in the new model.
Revealed as a companion to the new S-Cross and as a replacement for the older SX4 sedan, the 4.54 metre long Alivio comes as a new entrant in the small-car market.
The Alivio first appeared in April last year as the Authentics concept, surfacing again last month in leaked patent renderings that revealed the sedan’s final design.
The Alivio’s taller glasshouse and shorter wheelbase gives the new sedan a less sporting look than the original Authentics concept, despite many of the finer details staying on for the ride to production.
As expected, the Authentics’ front and rear-end styling has been massaged for production, while the profile has been given a shallower character line through the doors and guards.
Although officially described as a concept, it is likely that this week’s Alivio unveiling will enter production with very few changes to its current look.
Power in the Alivio will be provided primarily by a 1.6 litre petrol four, although 1.4 petrol and 1.3 litre diesel options will be available in some markets.