American Suzuki Motor Corp. is making its presence felt as it enters the all-wheel-drive sport sedan market with the introduction of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi. While the company is mainly known to manufacture motorcyles and small vehicles, this latest offering combines premium craftsmanship and design with dynamic performance, resulting in a combination not yet seen for this class. This makes the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi a possible contender for car of the year.
Pronounced as "Kee-Zah-Shee", it is expected to become Suzuki’s flagship vehicle and help expand and strengthen the company’s current line-up of trucks, SUVs, and small cars. The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi is set to arrive by winter in showrooms across North America. Kevin Saito, American Suzuki president, shared that when they developed this latest model, they chose to use the Japanese word 'Kizashi' for the name as it referred to something great that was coming.
This was very appropriate for this model, he added. Now that the production version is here, the company hopes that the name, and ultimately the product itself, will show the strong statement the company is making with the release of this vehicle while also hinting at what the future could be like for its line-up, Saito continued. The Concept Kizashi series was first started more than two years ago with three strikingly designed concept vehicles.
The same design theme and performance displayed by the concept vehicles are also seen in this Kizashi sport sedan. This production version also redefines what is often expected from a traditional performance sedan and helps the company makes its brand classier. An important part of its brand DNA is its active and lively character -- something that’s also present in the 2010 Kizashi. This is strengthened with the mission to have a vehicle that is powerful but offers refined performance especially in urban areas.
2010 Kizashi is manufactured at the company’s newest production facility located in Sagara, Japan. Powering this sports sedan is the DOHC four-cylinder 2.4-liter inline engine, which offers more power compared to the ones used by its rivals. Since it makes use of block and cylinder heads in aluminium, it results in a low weight. The utilization of aluminum pistons that have low tensile force rings results in better efficiency and power.
Noise, vibration and harshness, are all reduced thanks to a balancer shift that also helps with the engine balance. The durability of the engine is improved by having dropped-forged connecting rods that rotate on a forged steel crankshaft. The engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission which gives a relaxed cruising capability when running under high gear and increased performance under low gears. Suzuki is also offering customers a choice with the Continuously Variable Transmission.
With this particular transmission, the 2010 Kizashi appeals to many driving enthusiasts while being able to deliver the driving experience and even the fuel efficiency many consumers today prefer. This distinct character is improved even further with the use of paddle shifters that help the driver get optimum control no matter what the speed is or what the driving environment may be. No matter what transmission consumers have, fuel economy is ensured with the 2010 Kizashi.
Aside from the first-rate powertrain, the company is planning to have a hybrid version that is just as fuel efficient to its future line-up. The sports sedan market already has a number of transportation appliances that can be considered ordinary or even dull. Suzuki however manages to move away from this norm by remaining strong in its philosophy of providing an exciting and dynamic driving experience. This has been proven more than once especially on England’s cobblestone roads, the twists in the Swiss Alps, Germany's Autobahn, and even the Nurburgring.