January 6, 2004
Suzuki Reno crossover targets entry-level buyers
Detroit, Michigan – Suzuki unveiled its third all-new model in less than a year, the
Suzuki Reno – a compact crossover vehicle. Designed by Ital Design, the Reno will
have a starting price of around $13,000 in the U.S.
“The Suzuki Reno is a versatile vehicle specifically designed to appeal to a wide
variety of function-seeking and value-oriented car buyers from Gen Y to Gen X to
Baby Boomers,” explained Director of Automotive Marketing Tom Carney. “As such, we
expect it to compete as much with the likes of the Scion, Mazda3 and Toyota Matrix
as we do with the Hyundai Elantra.”
The Reno has a 2-litre four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine with 126 horsepower at
5,600 rpm and 131 foot-pounds of torque at a low 4,000 rpm. The front-wheel-drive
Reno is available with a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic
transmission featuring an adaptive control system and step-gate shifter.
Speed-sensing power steering, standard on all models, self-adjusts the amount of
steering assist for driving ease at any speed. Suspension is MacPherson Struts up
front and dual-link suspension in the rear.
The Reno offers excellent fuel economy: 10.7 l/100 km city and 7.8 l/100 km highway.
The roofline is punctuated by roof-rack grooves designed for easy installation of
accessories to carry mountain bikes, skis, camping gear – even a canoe. The Reno
also comes with available power tilt and slide sunroof.
Inside, the Reno’s roomy, five-passenger compartment offers more front and rear
legroom than Mazda3 and Matrix and more front and rear shoulder room than Matrix.
The Reno offers a 60/40 split-folding rear seat with three adjustable headrests.