New saloon will get 2.4-litre petrol and hybrid
30 July 2009

Suzuki has unveiled the Kizashi, a new sports saloon that will be available as a hybrid.

The car is based on the Concept Kizashi of 2007 and initially will feature a 2.4-litre DOHC inline four-cylinder engine.

It is still undecided whether the car will make it to Europe, with Suzuki currently concentrating on the US market.

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The unit is linked to a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shift.

Suzuki has confirmed that a hybrid will join the line-up at some point. Both two and four-wheel drive will be available.The Kizashi has been tested both at Germany’s Nurburgring and rural roads of England, says Suzuki, ensuring it is both sporty and comfortable.

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The suspension is multi-link at the rear, constructed of aluminium, and the car has 18in alloys at each corner.

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Visually the Kizashi is far less radical than the concept. The front end is reminiscent of a Volkswagen Jetta and the rear is curved but unadventurous. Overall length is 4650mm and width is 1820mm.

Inside there are standard sports seats and a smart swooping dashboard. Safety equipment includes eight standard airbags, ESP, anti-lock brakes, projector beam headlamps and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

The Kizashi saloon goes on sale later this year and will be joined by a crossover and estate.

Suzuki is yet to confirm whether to introduce the Kizashi in the UK, but has not ruled it out.

“At the moment, the U.S. market is our first priority for the Kizashi," said a spokeswoman. "For Europe we are not yet in the position to make any further announcements regarding Kizashi. In Europe we see a big demand for small cars now and in the coming years.”

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