Suzuki first whet our appetite with a sport going concept called the Kizashi 3. It packed a GM sourced 3.6-liter V6 producing 300hp. Now two years later, Suzuki is set to premier the production version. However, there's one problem.
Suzuki first whet our appetite with a sport going concept called the Kizashi 3 which debuted in New York 2008. Equiped with all-wheel drive, it packed a GM sourced 3.6-liter V6 producing 300hp. Now two years later, Suzuki is set to premier the production version of that concept called Kizashi Sport at this year's NYIAS in Manhattan. However, there's one problem. The Kizashi Sport sedan is equipped with the model's sole engine, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder producing 185hp, same as the base model sedan.
As a casualty of the departed alliance with GM, Suzuki no longer has access to the V6 engine it originally planned to use for the Kizashi Sport. Almost a necessity in today's mid-size sedan market, a hybrid model will also need to be put on hold. In the meantime, director of product planning at American Suzuki Motor Corp, Steve Younan, is looking to Suzuki's newest partner Volkswagen for a solution. "We are looking at VW's cost structure and their offerings," Younan said. "We would be happy with a small V-6 or a turbo-four. The Kizashi suspension is not at its limit. We are trying to be an affordable performance brand."
The Sport version is based on the Kizashi sedan and is available exclusively on GTS and SLS trim levels.
Compared to the standard Kizashi sedan changes include a different, more aggressive front end with chrome accents, a lower front grille, side sill extensions, lower body side molding with chrome accents and a boot-mounted spoiler. It features 18-inch custom wheels and a 10mm lower ride height.
The interior features among others, a sport steering wheel with perforated leather grip and contrasting stitching on the leather seats. More details and prices will become available closer to the on-sale date in August.
Meanwhile another notable Suzuki debut is the 2010 SX4 SportBack with its 2.0-litre engine making 110kW (148bhp / 150PS). It comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT with paddle shifters.
It also has an aero package, fog lamps, a lower suspension than the SX4 Crossover, a spoiler and a few other items.