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Suzuki Splash news - Predictable headlines Vol II: Making a Splash - 2008

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The Suzuki Splash first reared its stubby little head back
in May, but now the Japanese manufacturer has released some concrete details
about its mini-MPV. 

That’s mini-MPV with the emphasis firmly on ‘mini’. The
Splash measures just 372cm from bumper to bumper, meaning it’s 10cm shorter
than the Honda Jazz. Which isn’t the biggest. 

Nonetheless, Suzuki reckons there’s room inside for five, a
claim we’ll soon be testing with the tallest members of the TG office. Breathe
in, lads. 

The Splash gets the choice of two petrol and one diesel
engine: the oil-burner is a 1.3-litre effort which puts out 74bhp, while
there’s a 1.0-litre entry-level petrol engine or a more powerful 1.2-litre
four-cylinder motor developing 85bhp.No such variety in the gearbox department, though - you’ll
get a five-speed manual and no arguing. 

There’s no word on a hot version yet, but we’re hoping for a
bodykitted effort with a buzzy little turbo engine which’ll take the fight to
the Panda 100HP. 

But no matter what we think: Suzuki reckons the Splash will
shift 60,000 units in Europe in its first year. Better get used to seeing them
around, then.

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