Cars Coming Soon: 2013 Ford Fiesta, New Suzuki SX4
If you’re going to drive a small car, drive one with some attitude.
Yeah, something like the Toyota Yaris will get you to Starbucks and back, but no one will turn their head and wonder what you’re driving as you order your triple mocha breve.
For that, you need something with a little more personality. Two small cars on the way could be the answer, as they’ll offer fuel economy and dependability to go with head-turning style.
Ford’s Aston Martin-like front grille must be a hit, as it’s showing up on many new models across Ford’s line. It looks especially good on the Fusion and even translates well to the smaller Fiesta, which debuted this week in Amsterdam. Angular headlights and a slight bulge in the hood contribute to the next Fiesta’s more aggressive front end, while the sharp crease down the side adds an illusion of length.
While we don’t know yet what will motivate the U.S. version of the Fiesta, the Euro-spec car gets a highly touted 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine sure to be popular among frugal Europeans. An entire host of modern technology will also be available, including Ford’s SYNC infotainment system and its MyKey parental control system.
The Suzuki deathwatch has been counting down in America for at least a couple years now, as slow sales and an absence of new models have fueled rumors of a pullout from the U.S. market. Perhaps those rumors are premature, as the Japanese automaker has plans to introduce a replacement for its aging-but-good SX4.
The Suzuki S-Cross concept, bound for this month’s Paris Motor Show, will provide a good idea what the next SX4 will look like. A Suzuki press release says the car will outgrow its current subcompact segment and join the compact segment, while spy shots seem to confirm that the vehicle will be significantly bigger than the current SX4.
Suzuki hasn’t spilled the beans yet on power, but it sure would be nice to see some kind of turbo mill in a car like this, which might give Suzuki the edge it needs to finally turn the corner in the U.S. market.
Would a turbo-powered AWD compact Suzuki be enough to convince you to buy?