The Kizashi redefines the traditional performance sedan and moves the Suzuki brand upscale without abandoning Suzuki's traditional emphasis on content and value. Furthermore, its active and energetic identity, a core component of the Suzuki brand DNA, is augmented by the vehicle's overall mission to provide strong yet refined street performance. For 2011, Suzuki adds a Sport trim to the GTS and SLS models, with a host of external and internal modifications that include a more muscular front fascia (with chrome accents) and lower grille; body side sill extensions; lower body side molding with chrome accents; a trunk mounted spoiler; custom lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels appropriate to a flagship vehicle and typical of more expensive sport sedans; a unique sport steering wheel and contrasting stitching on its leather seats (SLS only), shift boot and parking brake boot.
Built at Suzuki's new manufacturing facility in Sagara, Japan, the 2011 Kizashi is equipped with a 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine. Benefiting from an oversquare bore/stroke ratio and 10:1 compression, the new Suzuki powerplant delivers 185 horsepower (@ 6,500 rpm) and 170 lb-ft of torque (@ 4,000 rpm) with the manual transmission. When mated to the performance-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the otherwise identical powerplant delivers 180 HP (@ 6,000 rpm).
Source: Suzuki press