When Suzuki unveiled the facelifted SX4 hatchback (or sport crossover if you must) some time back, we knew something was up as they hardly changed anything on it. With this China Car Times picture showing a more thoroughly-facelifted version of the car, it is now apparent that Suzuki has had bigger plans for the SX4 in mind.

The entire front half of the car looks new with redesigned lights, grille and bumper. More angular and aggressive than before, the headlamps and grille meet in intersecting lines that are angled outwards, flanked by protruding swages on the sculptured front air dam. Also new are the alloy wheels, squared off rear bumpers and what look like LED rear lamp clusters.

The new design elements at the front are reminiscent of the recently facelifted SsangYong Actyon Sports pickup, though of course we’ll leave our final judgement until the official pictures are revealed by Suzuki. To these eyes at least, the current flashy curvy front end fits the rest of the car better.

There aren’t any changes beneath the sheet metal, so you can assume that it will soldier on with the existing 1.6 litre engine and four-speed automatic gearbox. More powerful engines and a CVT transmission are available in other markets though, so nothing is cast in stone just yet.