In the world of compact vehicles, Suzuki Aerio had great potential. This compact car from Suzuki had a spacious cabin and other neat features. It was also available as an all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, it still failed to leave a stronger mark or made a better impression among car enthusiasts. It wasn't able to go head-to-head with its rivals in the compact vehicle market and stayed mostly behind the shadows. Its sales numbers came up short in the end. So after just a few years in the market, it was later dropped in 2007.
2002: The first Suzuki Aerio
The Suzuki Aerio was introduced in 2001 and was initially launched as a 2002 model. In other parts of the world such as China, Israel, Taiwan, Australia, Europe, and South Asia, the Aerio is known as the Liana or Life In A New Age. Suzuki Motor Corporation released the compact vehicle to replace the Suzuki Esteem/Baleno. Aerio came out as a sedan and hatchback wagon. The sedan offered the S and GS (renamed LS) trim levels, while the hatchback had the SX trim. These trim levels were later replaced by base and premium trims. One of Suzuki Aerio hatchback's stronger suits is its flexibility. The rear seats could be folded down to increase cargo capacity. It also had a spacious trunk. With the higher roofline of this compact vehicle, there's more room for the interior. Unfortunately, its interior features weren't as refined as other compact vehicles' in the market.
Whether it's manual or automatic transmission, the Suzuki Aerio was very responsive. It could give you a smooth ride on highways. When cornering, however, you had one thing to watch out for: body roll. Other than that, it had a decent engine that could provide the needed horsepower. The AWD option also offered better traction, especially on wet ground.
2003-2007: Significant changes after its debut
One of the significant changes done on the Aerio is the power boost. The engine was replaced with something more powerful. More features also became standard in 2005. The instrument panel was refreshed, while the styling of other components was also revamped. The anti-lock brakes later on became a standard. The Aerio had some decent features going for it. It was also sold at a much lower price compared to other compact vehicles that offered an all-wheel drive system. It's actually one of the most affordable in America during its stint in the market. Even in Europe, the Liana, Aerio version in other countries, was seen as a lower-priced alternative to mini MPVs and small family cars. Although the Aerio was offered in various trim levels and was redesigned in many ways, production of this compact vehicle was later discontinued. It was launched as a 2002 model and had its final year as a 2007 model. In other countries, this was replaced by the Suzuki SX4.