Innovative Spacious And Distinctive - The All New Liana Four Door Sedan

Suzuki Liana Sedan

An all-new 4-door sedan version of Suzuki's 1.6 litre Liana is now available from all 148 United Kingdom Suzuki dealerships. On sale alongside its sister model - the Liana 5-door hatchback - it further strengthens and enhances the appeal of Suzuki's value packed passenger car range.

Spacious, well equipped, stylish and distinctive, the Liana sedan offers very competitive levels of performance, safety, security, fuel economy, low emissions, minimal running costs and exceptional value-for-money as well as providing the flexibility and practicality to satisfy the demands of many varied lifestyles.

At launch the Liana 5-door represented an innovative new dimension for Suzuki in its styling - both inside and out - bringing to the 'C' sector the advantages that have made Suzuki's smaller cars, such as Wagon R+ and Ignis, a resounding success. Now the sedan enables those C-sector car buyers who prefer four doors rather than five - and the additional security of a capacious boot - to enjoy these attributes too.

Two 1.6 litre Sedans ... the GL and GLX

From launch there will be two Liana sedan models - the GL and GLX - available in the UK. Both are powered by an identical, latest generation 1.6 litre, DOHC, 16-valve all-alloy engine developing 104.6 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 106.1 lb.ft.of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Initially - during its introduction to the market and until 30 September, 2002 - the exceptionally well equipped 'price entry-level' Liana 1.6 GL sedan, with full sized SRS driver and front passenger airbags, power steering, electric door mirrors and front and rear windows, CD/radio, a digital clock and a very generous list of interior comfort, safety and security refinements as standard will be available for an unbeatable £8,995 [delivered and on the road*].

A similar introductory offer also applies to the 'top of the range' GLX which, with front side air bags, ABS with EBD, air conditioning and remote control locking added to the GL's specification, is also remarkable value-for-money.

Exterior Styling

The Liana sedan's sleek monoform body design is elegant and distinctive from any angle. At the front large triangular integrated lamp clusters, incorporating indicators and parking and driving lamps, are positioned alongside a body coloured grille. Viewed from above the nose of the car is tapered - to aid manoeuvrability in tight spaces - and, when viewed side on, the bodywork is contoured upwards and downwards creating a particularly elegant profile.

At the sides the A pillar bases are positioned as far forward as possible to allow a smooth, sleek and aerodynamically efficient line from the bonnet to the roof. The impression of smoothness is reinforced by low-profile side turn-signal lamps that use light-emitting diodes rather than conventional bulbs.

More distinctive features are incorporated in the new sedan's rear end design with the triangular design theme of the front lamp clusters repeated in the overall design of the large rear combination lights which flank the wide-opening boot lid.

Exterior Dimensions

Compact exterior dimensions include an overall length of 14ft 3ins [4,350mm], nearly 5ins [120mm] longer than the 5-door hatchback, an overall width of 5ft 6ins [1,690mm] and a wheelbase of 8ft 2ins [2,480mm]. With an overall height of 5ft 1ins [1,545mm] the Liana is taller than competing vehicles, without detracting from its smooth, distinctive profile.

Interior Dimensions

Although compact, the Liana provides adequate space for five adults. Headroom is maximised by the high roof; shoulder room is enhanced by doors that are fitted as vertically as possible; and front and rear leg room is particularly generous.

High hip points of 23 ins [586mm] in the front; 24.5ins [626mm] in the rear allow users to step into and out of the Liana easily and help to provide driver and passengers with an excellent view of the road and surroundings.

Comfortable Seating Positions

The front and rear seats are designed to provide plenty of support and the driver's seat is height-adjustable. Combined with a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and well positioned pedals both tall and short people are able to drive the Liana in comfort.

Boot Space

The carpeted and illuminated boot has a class leading capacity of 413.4 litres [14.6 cu ft] plus two small compartments for fragile or valuable items.

Because the sedan's rear seats are split 55/45 and can be folded flat, individually, the carrying capacity can be increased in order to accommodate large or unusually shaped packages. It is opened using the ignition key or via a release lever located alongside the driver's seat.

Extensive Noise-Reducing Measures

Liana has numerous noise and vibration reducing features. They include a particularly rigid body structure formed from high-tensile steel; new engine and suspension mounting technologies; a specially-designed dashboard silencer; flush external body surfaces and double-seal weather strips.

Instruments And Controls

Easy to read liquid-crystal instruments, which include a digital speedometer which displays speed in either mph or kph and an odometer, maximise forward visibility and help to create a sense of uncluttered spaciousness.

To further reduce distractions for the driver, the entertainment system is positioned at the top of the instrument panel where it is easiest to see and reach. Lights, wipers and screen washers are controlled from steering column mounted switches.

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Published : 02/08/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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