Template:Infobox car The Suzuki Liana (called Aerio in America) is a compact car built by Suzuki Motor Corporation. It was introduced in 2001 as a replacement for the Suzuki Esteem/Baleno, with a tall 5-door hatchback (for maximum inner room efficiency) and a 4-door sedan body. It featured two different 16-valve gasoline engines, with 1.5 L and 1.8 L, this one capable of 125 PS JIS (92 kW). Models in North America got a bigger and more powerful 2.0 L engine with 145 hp SAE (108 kW). A 5-speed manual transmission was standard with a 4-speed automatic optional. All-wheel-drive was available, but only with the automatic.
American Aerios came in two trim levels: the S and GS (2002-2004), S and LX (2005), and Base and Premium (2006-2007). Key changes over the years included an upgrade to a new 2.3-liter 155-horsepower engine in 2004, a major styling and interior refresh in 2005 (replacing the strange digital instruments with conventional analog ones), and the standardization of antilock brakes in 2006. Only the Aerio sedan remained for 2007, as the hatchback had been shelved to make room for the new 2007 SX4 hatchback. Likewise, the Aerio sedan bowed out at year's end, making way for the 2008 SX4 Sport sedan. Throughout its run, the Aerio was distinct for being the most affordable car in America to offer all-wheel-drive.
In Top Gear
The Liana is notable for being the car used in the Star in a Reasonably-Priced car segment, and was therefore introduced in Series 1, Episode 1. The model type used was the sedan, which was best driven by Dame Ellen MacArthur with a lap time of 1:46.7 minutes, and worst driven by Richard Whiteley with a lap time of 2:06.0.
One of the most famous drivers on the Reasonably-Priced car chart had been Jay Kay, who finished in the Liana in 1:48.3, in the very second episode of the entire current series and stayed on the chart for a very long time. Later, the car was changed to a "more powerful," Chevrolet Lacetti.