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Suzuki Swift And New XL7 Headed To U.S.

August 26, 2009

Suzuki’s lineup in the U.S. is looking a little thin now that its partnership with Daewoo is well and truly over, however, the Japanese automaker is planning a raft of new models in coming years, starting with the recently revealed 2010 SX4 SportBack set for launch later this year.

In the next few years, Suzuki will fill its lineup with more Japan-built cars that the company hopes will help improve its quality scores, which suffered with the Daewoo vehicles. One important model is the new 2010 Kizashi, an interestingly styled sedan that is neither mid-size nor mainstream but sits its own semi-premium niche. With a 106.3 inch wheelbase, the Kizashi sits somewhere between the Toyota Corolla and Camry in terms of size and reports coming out of Japan claim that a hybrid variant could eventually be offered by 2011.

After the Kizashi will come the globally popular Swift (pictured). The compact hatchback is due for a redesign late next year and is expected to be offered with a 123 horsepower 1.6-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine when it arrives in the U.S. in 2011.

As for Suzuki’s other models, the Grand Vitara is due for a redesign but won’t arrive until the 2013 model year, while the XL7 may also be replaced with by brand new crossover based on the same platform that currently resides in the Kizashi. The Nissan Frontier-based Equator, meanwhile, is likely to be phased out after the current model cycle ends due to poor sales.

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