Value—this is what owners of a Suzuki Forenza can expect from the four-door sedan. While the Forenza was a no-frills automobile that didn’t excel in either aesthetics or performance, it certainly did provide its users with a fairly spacious and very affordable automobile. The Forenza was cheaper than its counterparts from other makes and even came with Suzuki’s attractive seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty, which was then considered as the best automotive warranty in America.
2004: America’s Version of the Daewoo Lacetti
The Suzuki Forenza was a rebadged version of the Daewoo Lacetti, which was originally released in South Korea in 2002. The Forenza arrived on American shores two years after that. It was offered in three trim levels: S (base), LX, and EX. All three trims were pretty similar to each other, though, save for a few differences in their lineup of features. The three trims featured the same 2.0-L four-cylinder E-TEC II engine that was capable of producing approximately 126hp. This engine was paired to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.
While the Suzuki Forenza originated from South Korea, its aesthetics clearly took styling cues from European automobiles. It’s because the model was designed by Pininfarina, a European automotive design firm and one of the global leaders in its field. Even if the Forenza didn’t possess eye-catching visuals, its finely polished appearance was more than enough for its cost. The same level of refinement also went the way of the car’s interior. Going inside the surprisingly roomy Forenza revealed sleek interior elements, such as the silver metallic accents that fill the door panels and the dashboard.
Basic Suzuki Forenza features consisted of air-conditioning, power windows, and heated mirrors while its more advanced features included anti-lock brakes, a cruise control system, aluminum alloy wheels, fog lights, a remote keyless entry system, leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a power sunroof.
2005-2008: Adding More Value
The Suzuki Forenza remained relatively unchanged throughout its first generation. Still, it received a few modifications in the succeeding model years after its debut. Suzuki added more bang to the Forenza buyers’ buck as the make upgraded the car’s airbag and seatbelt systems. New nifty features such as a tire monitoring system and Bluetooth became available. Some interior elements also received various enhancements.
2009: The Suzuki Forenza No More
The Suzuki Forenza ceased production by the end of 2008. In the following year, the original Daewoo Lacetti was succeeded by the Lacetti Premiere in South Korea, which was branded as the Chevrolet Cruze in most other markets. Basically, this signaled the end of the Forenza nameplate.