The Kizashi, Suzuki Motor Corporation’s largest-ever passenger car model, goes on sale in New Zealand on May 10.
Three two-wheel-drive variants of the all-new, three-box Japanese built sedan will be available at launch.
A GLX version is to be offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or the versatile continuously variable (CVT) automatic transmission.
An even higher specification Kizashi Ltd flagship model will only be available with the CVT automatic transmission.
With an overall length of 4,650 mm and a wheelbase of 2,700 mm, the Kizashi slots into the popular medium size segment and its distinctive looks are expected to set the model apart from its rivals.
Independent reports in the United States have acclaimed the Kizashi as one of the most exciting cars of 2010.
The car’s handling dynamics exceed almost everything in its price, size and class, according to critics.
“This is a premium car without the premium price tag, and a unique sports sedan alternative,” said Tom Peck, General Manager of Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand.
“The car combines European style and engineering advances with Japanese craftsmanship,” he said.
A 2,393 cm3, four-cylinder engine with aluminium cylinder head and block powers the new Kizashi. It has four valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts and produces 131 kW of power and 230 Nm of torque. The engine has twin balancer shafts and variable valve technology
Much of the car’s handling finesse and responsive manners are due to the inspired independent suspension arrangement and multi-link set-up at the rear.
The suspension makes liberal use of aluminium components to save weight and special dampers are employed.
As well as the keen handling attributes, the Kizashi has been designed to ride well with its long suspension travel, while the 2.4-litre engine provides a good balance of performance and economy.
The car has been given the highest safety rating in the USA, and comes as standard with a comprehensive list of safety features, including an advanced electronic stability programme.
The Kizashi will widen the market for Suzuki and is expected to open new doors for the fast growing make.
Suzuki New Zealand will release pricing and full specification details closer to the on-sale date. At this stage the four-wheel-drive version is not available for this part of the world.
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