SUZUKI knows sport bikes, enduros and cruisers. It knows sport-utes small and smaller. Its subcompact comes in a certified hot hatch version. Now the carmaker is foraying into the posh midsize premium sedan class with its new Suzuki Kizashi.
Well received in the markets it had previously landed in (including the US), the Kizashi is Suzuki’s not-so-large take on the executive car genre that’s populated by increasingly hulking, fattening up bets as the models grow incrementally from one generation to the next. As such, the Kizashi’s dimensions belong more to the previous-gen definition of “midsize”—which could actually be a plus rather than a minus.
Because what such dimensions promise for the Kizashi is athleticism. Suzuki said the car is a “clear departure from traditional family sedans,” geared toward driving dynamics in much the same way as the company’s Swift subcompact hatchback is. Like the Swift, Suzuki said the Kizashi will also “deliver a faithful, confidence-inspiring response to the driver’s every input.”
“Suzuki remains true to its pledge of providing small cars for a big future as the Kizashi model proves to be the right fit for drivers who want to remain stylish with their medium-sized sedans,” said Suzuki Phils. President Satoshi Uchida.
Providing the grunt for the car’s promised driving dynamics is a 2.4-liter gasoline engine that pumps out 180 horsepower at 6,000rpm and 230 Newton-meter of torque at 4,000rpm. This output is then sent to the front wheels by a continuously variable transmission that has six speed modes, and which, according to Suzuki, is shift-shock free and ensures improved fuel efficiency. A manual shift function allows the Kizashi’s driver more control in spirited driving.
Speaking of control, keeping the car planted are MacPhersons in front and a multi-link suspension setup in the rear. Electronic stability control reins in the Kizashi, as are ABS-equipped discs that grab its 17-inch wheels that are wrapped in 215/55 tires. Steering is boosted by electric assist, which lessens load on the engine and, thus, fuel consumption.
Heading the list of the Kizashi’s amenities is a push start/stop button, which works with the car’s keyless entry feature. It also has the requisite silvery trim, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, a six-speaker audio unit with USB connectivity, fabric-covered seats that could come in either beige or black, ambient lighting, and numerous cubbies, cup holders and a rear seat pass-through. Its glove box is lined with felt.
Suzuki said the Kizashi was conceived with safety as a primary objective, and this starts with the car’s lightweight but rigid body structure that’s reinforced by high-tensile steel, and combines components that absorb and dispense impact energy. The car’s floor also resists impact forces coming from all directions. The carmaker added that beneath the Kizashi’s rigid interior wall are extensive sound insulations that minimize noise coming into the cabin. Six airbags come as standard.
Externally, the Kizashi is marked by sporty touches like a plain mesh grille, acrylic B-pillar garnish finished in fashionable piano black, a trunk lid with a rising edge that serves as a spoiler, and dual tailpipes integrated into the rear bumper, highlighted by chrome bezels that Suzuki said evokes the exhaust cans of its sport bikes. Colors offered are snow white pearl, super black pearl and silver metallic.
Suzuki sells the Kizashi at a slightly below premium car-level tag of P1.288 million.
Source: Manila Times