2010 Suzuki Kizashi unveiled

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Kizashi, Suzuki's new sports saloon available in two- and four-wheel drive, goes on sale later this year. Based on the Concept Kizashi of 2007, the car will initially feature a 2.4-litre DOHC inline four-cylinder engine. The unit is linked to a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shift.

A hybrid version will soon join its lineup. Suzuki tested the Kizashi at the rural roads of England and at Germany's Nurburgring racetrack, proving that it is both sporty and comfortable.

The suspension is multi-link at the rear, constructed of aluminum, and the car has 18-in. alloys at each corner. Compared to the concept car, the production Kizashi is far less radical. The front end is similar to that of the Volkswagen Jetta while the rear is curved and unadventurous.

Overall length is 4650mm and width is 1820mm. The car has standard sports seats and a smart swooping dashboard. Safety equipment includes eight standard airbags, ESP, anti-lock brakes, projector beam headlamps and a tire pressure monitoring system. Coinciding with the sale of the Kizashi this year are a crossover and an estate.

Fascinatingly, the new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi features an exterior design that seamlessly blends Japanese craftsmanship with European style. At first look, the new Suzuki Kizashi performance-oriented sport sedan grants its audience with a bold yet aggressive stance, a contemporary styling, lean proportions and minimal front overhang.

Accentuating that exterior appearance are 18-inch alloy wheels. Just like the Suzuki Kizashi Concept series, the production version of the Suzuki Kizashi showcases a front fascia that conveys both dynamism and elegance, as well as a body that signifies the performance-oriented sport sedan's potency, capability and refinement.

Meanwhile, the rear of the new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi strongly emphasizes its sporty attributes, as complemented by an integrated dual sport exhaust that visually suggests the sport sedan's performance-imbued spirit. Already known for its knowledge and experience in the compact car segment, Suzuki managed to take advantage of its expertise in creating larger yet tidy proportions that do not only eliminate wasted space, but also provides the needed comfort, space and practicality.

This performance-oriented sport sedan also gets an interior that exudes a contemporary and upscale feel in line with its performance potential on the road. This was achieved by equipping the new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi with sport seats as standard as well as an elegant yet sporty instrument panel.

Customers wanting more for their new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi could opt for the available premium leather seats that feature high-density foam and premium quality materials. Interestingly, the available premium leather seats can be augmented with three-stage heated seats as well as a three-position memory program.

Moreover, both cloth and leather seats feature French seams, low fatigue foam and hard cover rears. In terms of technological convenience, the new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi comes with a standard keyless push start system as well as available iPod connectivity. Audi streaming audio via Bluetooth is available as an option. Customers could also avail of the optional 425-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Press Release

2010 Suzuki Kizashi

Suzuki, known primarily as a maker of small vehicles and high-performance motorcycles, marks the global debut of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi (pronounced "Kee-Zah-Shee"), the company's first entry into the all-wheel-drive sport sedan segment. Benchmarked against some of the leading cars in the world, the all-new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi becomes an instant car-of-the-year contender in its own right. With the launch of the Suzuki Kizashi, Suzuki delivers a unique blend of dynamic performance attributes with premium design aesthetics and craftsmanship yet to be experienced in this category. Scheduled to arrive in North American showrooms this winter, the Suzuki Kizashi will serve as the company's flagship vehicle, further expanding and strengthening its current product line of high-quality small cars, trucks and SUVs.

"In developing and naming our newest automotive introduction, the Japanese word 'Kizashi,' which tells that something great is coming, seemed appropriate for the vehicle," said Kevin Saito, president, American Suzuki. "Now that the production model Suzuki Kizashi has arrived, we expect the name and the product itself to clearly demonstrate the bold statement this company knew it would be making with the debut of this vehicle — while also simultaneously suggesting what will emerge in the Suzuki lineup as we look ahead to the future."

The Suzuki Kizashi sport sedan, which originates from the Suzuki Kizashi Concept series introduced over the last two years, follows a similar design theme and appreciation for performance previously illustrated by the three eye-catching and immaculately designed concept vehicles. The production Kizashi redefines the traditional performance sedan and moves the Suzuki brand upscale. Furthermore, its active and energetic identity, a core component of the Suzuki brand DNA, is tempered by the vehicle's overall mission to provide a strong, refined urban performance.


Built at Suzuki's brand-new manufacturing facility in Sagara, Japan, the 2010 Kizashi is equipped with a standard 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine offering a more potent standard engine than many competitive best-sellers. The engine employs both an aluminum block and cylinder heads, providing a lightweight installation; aluminum pistons with low tensile force rings deliver improved power and efficiency. Dropped-forged connecting rods, rotating on a forged steel crankshaft, contribute to the inline four's durability, and a balancer shaft delivers improved engine balance and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

The responsive inline four is connected to a six-speed manual transmission, for heightened performance in the low gears, along with relaxed — and economical — cruising capability in the higher gears. Customers may opt for an available Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that delivers both the driving experience and fuel efficiency today's consumers demand, while not compromising the character preferred by driving enthusiasts. That character is enhanced with paddle shifters, optimizing driver control regardless of speed or driving environment. With either transmission choice, the Suzuki Kizashi is engineered to return competitive fuel economy numbers for fuel-conscious consumers.

In addition to this excellent new powertrain, and to even further enhance the Suzuki Kizashi's strong efficiency story, Suzuki is developing an even more fuel efficient hybrid version that will be added to the lineup in the future.

Braking and Handling

In order to successfully enter a field already saturated with countless nondescript transportation appliances, Suzuki breaks away from traditional values normally associated with the mainstream, standing firm on Suzuki's belief in delivering a dynamic and exhilarating driving experience. That driving experience was validated on Germany's Autobahn, Switzerland's Alpine twisties, cobblestone roads of rural England and the legendary Nürburgring.

An exceptionally rigid steel unibody — with reinforced front suspension and multi-link rear suspension constructed with embedded aluminum — allows for crisp, nimble handling with excellent stability, sophisticated ride and reduced chassis vibration. Engineered from conception to be all-wheel-drive capable, the Suzuki Kizashi offers a newly developed advanced all-wheel-drive system with highly advanced controls that evokes and promotes a natural sense of heartfelt driving enthusiasm and safety. Suzuki Kizashi's sophisticated braking system offers standard four-wheel disc brakes and includes suppliers such as Akebono, a world-leader in NVH control and analysis and a leading brake supplier for automotive and high-speed rail applications.


Suzuki Kizashi's thoughtfully crafted exterior design is best described as the seamless melding of European style and Japanese craftsmanship. Tailored for the driving enthusiast, Suzuki Kizashi's bold and aggressive stance is complemented by available 18-inch alloy wheels; contemporary styling — with its lean proportion and minimal front overhang — injects the sophistication appropriate to a performance-oriented sport sedan. As with the Suzuki Kizashi Concept series, the front end of the production Suzuki Kizashi expresses both strength and style, while the vehicle's impeccably engineered body reflects Suzuki Kizashi's underlying strength and distinctive combination of capability and refinement.

At Suzuki Kizashi's rear, the architecture accentuates the 'sport' aspect of Suzuki's sport sedan. The visual dynamic is enhanced with the addition of an integrated dual sport exhaust, communicating — both visually and aurally — the Suzuki Kizashi's performance-imbued spirit.


Suzuki has taken advantage of its expertise in the compact car segment to efficiently execute larger — yet still tidy — proportions that afford comfort and practicality without the wasted space. Along with cabin proportions that reward Suzuki Kizashi drivers and passengers with comfort and roominess, Suzuki pursues a contemporary, upscale interior feel — such as standard sport seats — in line with the vehicle's on-road performance characteristics. Driving enthusiasts will appreciate Suzuki Kizashi's sporty and elegant instrument panel, while consumers seeking a luxury sedan will be pleased with the vehicle's available leather seating, featuring high-density foam and premium quality materials rivaling upscale competitors.

The available premium leather is supplemented by three-stage heated seats and a three-position memory program. In addition, both cloth and leather seats benefit from Suzuki's attention to detail: French seams, hard cover rears and low fatigue foam.

For those wanting high-tech beyond the engine compartment, the Suzuki Kizashi's interior delivers by the megabyte. Beginning with standard keyless push start system, Kizashi also offers iPod® connectivity and optional streaming audio via Bluetooth®. For your advanced listening pleasure, Rockford Fosgate® provides an optional listening experience boosted by 425 watts of power.

Traction and Safety

The all-new Suzuki Kizashi includes a class-leading list of standard safety equipment, including class-exclusive standard eight airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP®), an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, projector beam headlamps and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Also included as equipment on the Kizashi is Suzuki's developed synergetic vehicle dynamic control. This system assists drivers control and a fun-to-drive experience with minimal intrusiveness.

Suzuki Kizashi is offered with Suzuki's next generation i-AWD system, a rare option in its class, as this safety and performance enhancing feature is more typically found among luxury sport sedan offerings. Engineered to provide outstanding traction in inclement weather, the sophisticated all-wheel-drive system also delivers enhanced cornering capabilities. Activated when the driver selects the "AWD" switch on the instrument panel, power to the rear wheels starts immediately upon acceleration. Torque split remains dependent on several factors, including wheel slippage and throttle input.

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