Suzuki SX-4 etymology: What does its name mean?

The high riding Suzuki SX-4 sedan and hatch has off-road looks in a not-quite-SUV package, but what do its letters and numbers name stand for?


The Suzuki SX-4 name reportedly stands for “Sports X-over 4 all seasons”.

Although the reasoning seems a little daft at first, remember that despite the off-roader styling cues, all-wheel drive isn’t standard throughout the range.

The first-generation SX-4 was co-developed with Fiat, which sold its version as the Fiat Sedici. Plans for Lancia badged model, badged Pangea, were scrapped. European versions of both the Sedici and SX-4 were built in Hungary by Suzuki.



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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]


Suzuki SX-4 etymology: What does its name mean?