For years, Suzuki provided its U.S. partner General Motors with versions of its Swift for Chevrolet the Aveo and its mini-sized SUV, the SX4, also known as the Chevrolet Tracker, this is Suzukis first foray into the sports sedan market on its own.
The Kizashi, already being touted for North American Car honors, is being built at Suzukis brand-new manufacturing facility in Sagara, Japan.
The 2010 Kizashi is equipped with a 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine. Benefiting from an oversquare bore/stroke ratio and 10:1 compression, the new Suzuki powerplant delivers 185 HP (@ 6,500 rpm) and 170 lb-ft of torque (@ 4,000 rpm) with the manual transmission. When mated to the performance-tuned CVT, the 2.4-liter DOHC inline four delivers 180 HP (@ 6,000 rpm).
In either configuration it is a more powerful engine than those engines which are standard in many conventional midsize sedans. The twin cam four employs both an aluminum block and cylinder heads, providing a lightweight, compact installation; aluminum pistons with low tensile force rings deliver improved power and efficiency. Drop-forged connecting rods, rotating on a forged steel crankshaft, contribute to the inline fours durability, and a balancer shaft delivers improved engine balance and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
Developed around an exceptionally rigid steel unibody with reinforced front suspension and multi-link rear suspension constructed with embedded aluminum, the Kizashi features crisp, nimble handling with excellent stability, a sophisticated ride and reduced chassis vibration.
Engineered from the ground up to be all-wheel-drive capable, the Kizashi offers a newly developed all-wheel-drive system with highly advanced controls that evokes and promotes a natural sense of driving enthusiasm and safety. Kizashis sophisticated braking system offers standard four-wheel disc brakes and includes suppliers such as Akebono, a world-leader in NVH control and analysis and a leading brake supplier for automotive and high-speed rail applications
Kizashis next generation i-AWD system is a rare option in its class, as this safety and performance-enhancing feature is more typically found among luxury sport sedan offerings. Engineered to provide outstanding traction in inclement weather, the sophisticated all-wheel-drive system also delivers enhanced cornering capabilities. Activated when the driver selects the AWD switch on the instrument panel, power to the rear wheels starts immediately upon acceleration. Torque split remains dependent on several factors, including wheel slippage, throttle and steering input.
Offered in combination with Kizashis i-AWD is an advanced electronic stability control system, adding an additional layer of driver control to preclude the need for electronic intrusion that inhibits the driving experience.
In the event of vehicle oversteer (a tendency of the rear wheels to lose traction) the synergetic vehicle dynamics control activates the AWD system to transfer driving force from the rear wheels to the front and helps inhibit rear wheel skid. At the same time, the system provides additional steering assist, making it easier for the driver to countersteer.
The all-new Kizashi includes a class-leading list of standard safety equipment, including class-exclusive standard eight airbags, Electronic Stability Program, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution and a tire pressure monitoring system.