Suzuki Philippines has formally entered the executive sedan market by finally bringing in the Kizashi, three years after it first went on sale in the global market and almost two years after it first showed up on our shores at the 2010 Philippine International Motor Show.
"Suzuki Philippines has always played by our core competency," said the company's president, Satoshi Uchida. "Ever since we started office in the Philippines, we have focused on two things: compact and economical. The D-segment is a niche that has been untapped by us and unfamiliar for us. However, with the right car in the Kizashi and with the right timing, we believe that we are more than ready to go head-on and roll out even more exciting products in niches that used to be unfamiliar territories."
The Kizashi boasts an athletic exterior as the muscular haunches of the front fenders hint at the 180hp and 230Nm output of the car's 2.4-liter in-line-four engine and its continuously variable transmission with its six-speed manual mode. The character line generated by the aforementioned front fender creates an equally athletic-looking rear that's emphasized even further by the subtle built-in rear spoiler and the adventurous dual exhaust covers.
Despite casting a smaller shadow than its bulkier competitors, the Kizashi has a spacious interior that evokes luxury with the amenities and craftsmanship put into it.
The ergonomic design of the instrument panel is specially conceived for the driver's real-time information needs, while the keyless push-start system and the body-hugging fit of the front seats add to the feeling of sportiness inside. Other standard interior features are the ambient and footwell lighting; felt-lined glove compartment and center console storage tray; USB port; dual-zone air condition system; six airbags; and an electronic stability program.
"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," Uchida added. "Indeed, great things have come, not only for Suzuki but for our loyal customers as well. We are rolling out the Kizashi with high confidence that not only will it complete our lineup, but more importantly usher in a heightened appreciation for Suzuki automobiles."
The Kizashi is now available at Suzuki's dealerships for just P1.288 million.