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We gave you a gallery of the car last week from the Matrade exhibition centre, where it was displayed – today the Suzuki S-Cross has officially taken the Malaysian stage at Aloft KL Sentral.

Known as the SX4 S-Cross in Europe, the vehicle first debuted in production form at last year’s Geneva show. It’s 4,300 mm long, 1,765 mm wide, 1,575 mm tall and sits on a 2,600 mm wheelbase, making it 160 mm longer, 10 mm wider and 10 mm taller than the aged SX4 we’re familiar with, while packing an extra 100 mm between the front and rear wheels.

So the Suzuki S-Cross is a C-segment SUV; a rung above the B-segment SX4, which has been discontinued in Malaysia. This means its competitors are the likes of the Mitsubishi ASX, Subaru XV, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Mazda CX-5.

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But while its classmates all have 2.0 litre engines, the Suzuki S-Cross makes do with a 1.6 litre M16A four-cylinder petrol engine. 117 hp at 6,000 rpm and 156 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm are sent to the front wheels via a CVT with seven virtual ratios.

Allied to a sub-1,185 kg kerb weight, NEDC fuel economy is a claimed 17.2 km per litre, while the century sprint is accomplished in 11 seconds.

On the outside, you get self-levelling xenon projector headlamps underscored by LED DRLs, roof rails, 17-inch wheels shod in 205/50 Continental rubber, plus parking sensors front and rear.

Step inside and you’ll find keyless start and entry, cruise control with speed limiter, auto lights and wipers, shift paddles, auto dual-zone air-con and fabric seats with silver stitching.

There’s a 7.0-inch touch-screen navigation system with MP3, USB, DVD, Bluetooth and rear-view camera. The back seats are split 60:40, and their backrests are two-stage reclinable. There’s also a panoramic sunroof with double-sliding glass panels that open all the way to the back, which Suzuki claims is a world-first.

The boot holds 430 litres; fold the back seats and you get 875 litres of cargo area, with maximum cabin volume rated at 1,269 litres in total. The safety arsenal comprises seven airbags, ESP, ABS, EBD and Hill-Hold Control.

Fully imported (CBU) from Hungary, the Suzuki S-Cross is priced at RM129,888, OTR without insurance. A five-year/150,000 km Extended Warranty Programme is offered. Crystal Lime Metallic, Amethyst Gray Pearl Metallic, Cool White Pearl and Boost Blue Pearl Metallic body colours are available.

Suzuki S-Cross launched in Malaysia

Suzuki S-Cross on display at Matrade

Suzuki S-Cross official photos