Suzuki GB revealed that its Kizashi Sport ‘D’ segment car will be released to the U.K. market. This mid-sized saloon car is the first from Suzuki and has a stylish and sleek appearance while being able to house five passengers and their respective luggage. With a total length of 4,650 mm, width at 1,820 mm, and height of 1,470 mm, it makes the Kizashi truly one of the most compact saloon cars in the ‘D’ segment.
In Japanese, Kizashi means “a sign of great things to come” and it truly is as it was specifically made to become Global Suzuki’s leading model for the passenger car range.
As such, the Kizashi is not only able to redefine the traditional performance expected from a saloon but also move the brand upscale while remaining to have the traditional focus on value and content. While the brand’s design DNA is all about having an energetic and active personality, the Kizashi enhances this by giving it a refined yet strong performance. It has an unusually rigid steel body that has been strengthened with a suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear, both composed of aluminum.
This ensures a nimble and sharp handling while having remarkable stability and delivering a refined ride with chassis vibration lowered. Inside, a high-tech braking system with four-wheel disc brakes is fitted as standard. These brakes come from a number of well-known suppliers like Akebono, celebrated for being the leader in noise, vibration, and harshness, and even supply the famous bullet trains of Japan. While it does have the switchable 2/4WD fitted as standard, other excellent equipment is fitted inside like the seven airbags.
It has four electric windows with a keyless entry and start and the heated folding door mirrors. There is the automatic Dual Zone air conditioning and the MP3/WMA compatible CD tuner that comes with eight speakers. On the outside are the alloy 18-inch wheels. Suzuki is offering as an option the satellite navigation system with touch screen.
For the U.K. market, the four-cylinder engine that powers the Kizashi has its output at 178 hp, and is connected to the Continuously Variable Transmission that has been tuned for performance. With this, customers will be able to get the driving experience that they have long wanted. Meanwhile the transmission has been equipped with an extra shift lever gate including switches at the back of its steering wheel. Driver control is therefore optimized since the system allows for manual operation and utilizes six programmable speeds.
It comes as no surprise that under a combined cycle driving, combined fuel consumption is at 34.0 mpg with CO2 emissions measured at 191 g/km. On the inside, there is ample space not just for the shoulder room and leg room but even for its rear seat passengers. However in making sure that the interior would offer on-board comfort, Suzuki did not focus solely on the space but considered as well how the seats are positioned and shaped. Indeed, the seats have been designed to help with the natural posture, a significant element when it comes to comfort in long-distance travel.
In addition, the height of the seats has been made ideal while the door apertures have been made larger to ensure access to the interior is easy for everyone. To ensure that the Kizashi would have practicality, it comes with a loading system that ensures longer items can be loaded from its boot. Since the seats in the rear allow for a 60:40 split to ensure that one, or even two, passengers can be accommodated in the back.
There is even a ‘ski bag’ style load installed to allow for longer items to be carried. Suzuki will be offering a Sport model for the Kizashi with a number on improvements done on the internal and external features.
Examples of these are the lower grille and the muscular front fascia with its chrome accents. This also includes the side mouldings on the lower body, with the chrome accents as well, and the body side sill extensions. It also comes with the lightweight and customized alloy 18-inch wheels. On its interior is the distinct sport steering wheel with the leather seats, parking brake boot, and gear shift surround, with contrast stitching.