Suzuki Kizashi sedan will get a facelift this fall, report says

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Kizashi sedan that is expected to have gotten a new front fascia and interior upgrade. In addition, the suspension of the flagship sedan has been lowered 10 millimeters to enable sportier driving.

These modifications were made to the GLS and SLS versions of the Kizashi. However, these will not be offered on the SE base model, which remain unchanged from the 2010 model year.

Spokesman Jeff Holland said that the top trim levels of the Kizashi will be renamed Sport SLS and Sport GLS.

There had been plans for a hybrid powertrain and a V-6 engine (which uses General Motors technology) to be introduced as Kizashi options in 2011 or 2012 but earlier this year, those plans were canceled. In 2008, GM sold its 20% stake in Suzuki.

As a result of the sale of GM's stake, the V-6 engine on the Grand Vitara SUV also disappeared. The only engine offered on the 2011 Grand Vitara is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that has an output of 166 hp and 162 pounds-feet of torque.

Suzuki also announced that $1,000 will be shaved off from the price of its 2011 SX4 Sportback, a five-door compact.

Full pricing details will be revealed this fall but it's expected that the 2011 Sportback will start in the mid-$16,000 range. The 2010 model had been priced from $17,999 including shipping.

The Sportback will also receive a new 150-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine partnered with either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. For the first six months of the year, Suzuki's sales fell by 49% to 11,549 vehicles. This followed a 54% decrease for the entire 2009.

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