Kizashi means prelude in Japanese, and that's exactly what this design represents for Suzuki from both a business and a product standpoint.

Global sports sedan prelude

It all started with the Suzuki Kizashi Concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, followed by the Kizashi 2 Concept at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show and now the series reaches its next phase with the Kizashi 3 Concept at the 2008 New York International Motor Show. Suzuki is well on its way to produce a sports sedan based on this very concept car.

By 2010 Suzuki hopes to start selling their sport sedan in North America, even though Suzuki calls it a global car it is very much aimed at building their image in North America. Kizashi means prelude in Japanese, so it is safe to say that the sport sedan will go by a yet unknown name. The new Suzuki flagship will be built in Suzuki's brand new Sagara plant in Japan.

Suzuki is planning to power its new flagship sport sedan with a 3.6 liter DOHC V6 engine with plated cylinders delivering up to 300 hp. The plated cylinders save both weight and space, and has directly evolved from Suzuki's motorcycle business and WRC development teams.

Gallery: Suzuki Kizashi 3 Concept Revealed at NYIAS