The Suzuki Kizashi sedan has only been on sale for the past couple of months but an update to the car is already scheduled to roll in as early as this fall.
The update will consist of a minor facelift to the car’s front fascia and interior and will only affect the more premium GLS and SLS models. The car’s suspension will also be lowered by 10 mm to provide sportier dynamics, and to reflect this the Kizashi's two top trim levels will be renamed Sport SLS and Sport GLS. The base Kizashi SE, meanwhile, will remain unchanged from the current 2010 model.
The move is designed to help bolster sales of the Kizashi, especially the more profitable GLS and SLS models, by further differentiating them from the base SE. Suzuki’s overall sales in the U.S. this year have dropped 49 percent to just 11,549 units, which comes after a dismal 2009 where sales dropped by 54 percent.
Suzuki was also hoping to launch new hybrid versions of the Kizashi using technology borrowed from General Motors, but those plans were canceled following the American automaker’s sale of its 20 percent stake in Suzuki back in 2008. The sale also meant that the V-6 engine offered in the Grand Vitara SUV will no longer be available
[Automotive News, sub req’d]