Manufactured by Suzuki in Sagara, Japan, the Suzuki Kizashi is most obviously a mid-size car that first became available in North America in 2009. The Kizashi comes after the Suzuki Verona and Forenza models. The Kizashi has front-wheel drive, a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder 185 hp engine, and either a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT. This model can achieve 62 miles per hour in approximately eight seconds. All-wheel drive on the Kizashi is optional, and is based on the i-AWD system of the Suzuki SX-4. It includes a fuel-saving, driver-activated FWD mode. The Kizashi comes with either 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels; both cloth or leather seats; and Akebono sourced brakes. In terms of technology, the Kizashi features an audio system (425-watt Rockford Fosgate) that has full iPod and Bluetooth interfaces.
Three different Kizashi concepts were introduced prior to the current Kizashi model. The first was revealed at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. This model had a 2L, 4-valve turbo diesel engine paired with a 6-speed transmission. The first Kizashi concept featured AWD along with 21-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
The second Kizashi concept was first shown at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. This model, a 5-door sport wagon crossover, offered i-AWD, and a V6 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The final Kizashi concept was shown to the public at the 2008 New York Auto Show. This model had a V6, 300 hp engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Like the first Kizashi concept, the third had 21-inch aluminum wheels.
The Kizashi comes with a plethora of safety features, including a brake assist function, a vehicle security alarm, energy-absorbing trim on pillars and roof-side rails, side impact rear door beams, and seatbelts with pretensioner, force limiter, and height adjusters. The Kizashi also comes in several different models - the S, the SE, the GTS, and the SLS. The base Kizashi sells for around $18,999 and models with more features run up to $24,399. During city driving, the Kizashi achieves 23 miles per gallon. During highway travel, the vehicle attains 31 miles per gallon.
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