This Japanese midsize-sedan is just about to hit showrooms and we now have concrete pricing numbers. Although its being marketed as a cost-effective econo-sedan, the Suzuki Kizashi will offer style, performance and even an optional luxury package, at a price and time that most automakers had not expected.
Each mentioned model will use a dual overhead cam 2.4-liter four cylinder, which will make 180-200 horsepower. Also, each model is available with an all-wheel drive system for an extra $1,250---if you opt for the CVT transmission instead of the base six-speed manual.
Surprisingly, this AWD system can be toggled on and off---which means, you get a front-wheel drive feature as well. This is much like the system that weve seen on the Suzuki SX4 models.
For just $18,999, the Kizashi S starts the trim lineup. It comes with the six-speed manual transmission, stability control, ABS, eight airbags, push-button start, dual-zone climate controls, and even ambient-lighted footwells.
The SE model will come standard with a CVT transmission and bring the price up to $21,499. You also get 17-inch alloy wheels, a power-adjusted driver seat with memory, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and emergency brake handle.
For $22,499, the Kizashi GTS sport edition will get a six-speed manual transmission or available CVT with paddle shifters. It also gets even bigger 18-inch alloys and a booming Rockford Fosgate sound system with 425 watts of power. The GTS will also come standard with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, power moon-roof and fog lights.
Finally, there is the Kizashi SLS model, which is aimed at the Luxury crowd. It tops the pricing chart at $24,399 but is well worth it. The SLS package adds leather interior, power-adjusted and heated front seats, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview, and rear proximity warning sensors.
So it seems that Suzuki is offering the Kizashi in four different versions to cater to every drivers needs. At a fully loaded price of just over $25,000 for an SLS with AWD, the Kizashis value will be extremely tough to beat by competitors like the Mazda 6 and Subaru Legacy.