But there are still no plans to bring the Mondeo rival to the UK
31 March 2010

This is the Suzuki Kizashi Sport, a sportier version of the Ford Mondeo rival.

The Sport kit is available on two trim levels in the US, but does not include any engine upgrades, so the 178bhp 2.4-litre four cylinder engine remains as standard.

See the official Suzuki Kizashi Sport pics

Buyers get lightweight 18-inch alloys, a 10mm lower ride and a honeycomb lower grille, chrome accents on the front bumper and doors, side skirts and a spoiler.

Inside, changes include the use of aluminium and leather detailing.

However, while a European version of the Suzuki Kizashi saloon was revealed at the Geneva motor show this year, the firm still has no plans to bring it to the UK.

The Kizashi at Geneva was for the Swiss market only. Suzuki GB says it remains interested in launching its Mondeo rival, but will only take the model when the time is right.

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31 March 2010

its a great looking car - I would quite happily buy one. Suzuki have done well!

31 March 2010

I'm not completley sold on it's looks yet, maybe in the flesh it will grow on me but it looks very compact to compete in the Mondeo segment. Looks more like a focus sized car from the photo's.

31 March 2010

They're now out in Canada - saw one on the road and one outside the local dealer. I have to say I think they look quite good. It's nice that for a "mondeo" class car they've kept it compact and it looks even shorter than it is. Shame with the "sport" model they haven't given it anymore power, a 2.4 litre should be good for 190-200bhp (see Honda). The disappointing thing over here is that there is no manual available, only a CVT (I don't have a problem with all CVTs by the way, the one in my wife's car actually works really well, Nissan have got it cracked). Obviously it'd be even nicer if they could drop the VW 2.0TDI CR 170 in there, but that won't happen over here even if the UK is lucky enough to get it.

31 March 2010

It does look good.

Suzuki's 'product' has improved immensely, though not that they made 'bad' cars before the current releases.

I've had 5 Suzukis' in that past 14 years. They did get better.

It will be good to see the Kazashi in the UK.

31 March 2010

I still think it's funny that Suzuki don't sell it in the UK. The massive engine wouldn't go down well with private buyers, but it's a good looking car that could do a lot for Suzuki's image, which I do think has improved recently thanks to the Swift and Splash, perhaps not so much the Alto. I suspect Suzuki UK will change their mind once the demand is there.

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