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Suzuki Fronte 7-S (SS10/SS10-2/SS11/SS11-2/SS12/SS20). 1976–9 (prod. n/a). 2- and 4-door sedan. R/R, 443, 539 cm³ (I3 2-str.), 547 cm³ (I3 OHC). Widened version of LC20, designed to meet the Japanese government’s enlarged kei car specifications. Width up 100 mm, length to 3,190 mm (up 195 mm) with larger bumpers and revised rear end. Doors carried over, and it showed, especially as boxier shapes came into vogue in the 1970s. Engines also enlarged, initially with bored-out 0·4 two-stroke (T4A), though it remained underpowered. Drum brakes all round, a retrograde step. Suzuki sourced a four-stroke unit from Daihatsu, installing that from June 1977 as a stop-gap while it readied its cleaner two-stroke; it launched the 0·5 two-stroke in October 1977 to stop (eventually) its reliance on its competitor, though it only developed 28 PS. Exported as SS10 and SS20.

Manufacturing location: Hamana-gun, Shizuoka, Japan

Marque: Suzuki | Model: Suzuki Fronte | Predecessor: Suzuki Fronte (LC20) | Successors: Suzuki Fronte (SS30), Suzuki Alto (SS30V)

q.v. Suzuki Fronte Hatch 55

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