"Something great is coming." Apparently, that is the literal translation of the Japanese word "Kizashi." And as far as Suzuki Philippines is concerned, an insider has informed us that, indeed, something great is coming in the next few months as the company is poised to launch the Kizashi midsize sedan to do battle with the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.
Things are really looking up for Suzuki in our market. You will recall that its distributor has just recently introduced the SX4 Crossover. And now the Kizashi is on its way. Now, the Kizashi is available as a front- or all-wheel-drive model in the US, but we're assuming the FWD version will be brought here for competitive pricing. So, how much do you think Suzuki should price a front-wheel-driven Kizashi here? Your suggestions are most welcome--the powers-that-be are watching...
MAKE AND MODEL: Suzuki Kizashi
VEHICLE TYPE: Four-door midsize sedan
ASSEMBLER'S PITCH: "Benchmarked against some of the leading cars in the world, the all-new Kizashi becomes an instant car-of-the-year contender in its own right. With the Kizashi, Suzuki delivers a unique blend of dynamic performance attributes and premium design aesthetics and craftsmanship yet to be experienced in this category. The Kizashi will serve as the company's flagship vehicle, further expanding and strengthening its award-winning product line of high-quality small cars, trucks and SUVs."
ENGINE DATA: 2.4-liter gasoline in-line-four (185hp and 230Nm of torque for the manual; 180hp and 230Nm of torque for the CVT); six-speed manual transmission or continuously variable transmission
BASIC SPECS AND FEATURES:
Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
Electronic stability program
MacPherson strut and coil springs in front; multilink beams at the back
Exterior dimensions - 4,650mm (length), 1,820mm (width) and 1,480mm (height)
Curb weight - 1,470kg for the manual; 1,510kg for the CVT
Luggage space - 377 liters
Tire/wheel size - 235/45 R18
Start/stop ignition button
Tire pressure monitoring system
Leather and heated seats
Three-position memory program for the driver's seat
Felt flocked glove box
Center console storage tray
Rockford Fosgate audio system with iPod connectivity and 10 speakers