The SX4 is the result of a joint venture between Suzuki and Fiat. Originally unveiled back in 2006 at the Geneva Motor Show, it was well received at the time, but it's beginning to show its age. Suzuki was smart to develop the car for a global market, which enabled it to be sold to potential customers in the US. At the time of its introduction, compact cars were not big sellers in the US. Now that Americans have experienced high gas prices, many are now beginning to give compacts a second look.
The SX4 is a solid compact that fits the bill for many with its no thrills styling and performance. It's an excellent commuter car and fulfills its basic transportatioan obligations very well. Now that Suzuki has added the Crossover to the lineup, the SX4 has the potential to appeal to a wider audience. While Suzuki's specialty in the auto business is small cars, big time automakers are also focusing their efforts on this segment (think Chevrolet Cruze), so it'll be interesting to see how Suzuki plans to keep the SX4 family competitive.