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.