Sport Sedan in Suzuki's Future
Following on the (w)heels of Concept Kizashi at the Frankfurt Motor Show and Concept Kizashi 2 at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Concept Kizashi 3 in New York offers a real look at how Suzuki plans to expand U.S. sales via a high-performance sport sedan.
Clearly the closest to production of the Concept Kizashi series that was developed by Suzuki’s Advanced Design Group, each of the concepts is designed to reflect a dynamic athlete in motion.
The first Concept Kizashi took the form of a sport wagon with exaggerated dimensions, generating a lot of attention at the Frankfurt show. The design evolved with Concept Kizashi 2 in Tokyo, a crossover sport wagon that added all-road capability with raised ground clearance and all-wheel drive.
The bold styling of the first two in the series continues with Concept Kizashi 3, which has been refined to reflect the realities of a production vehicle. Due in 2010 as the brand's flagship, Kizashi's front fascia has a prominent chrome grille with sharply styled headlights that flow back into bulging fenders. Finished in silver, the Kizashi 3's wide track and athletic stance are secured by 21-inch chrome wheels.
Described by Suzuki as a combination of functionality and refinement, Concept Kizashi 3 is powered by a 300-horsepower naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 engine with plated cylinders, a technology developed by Suzuki’s motorcycle and WRC teams that saves weight and space. The all-wheel-drive configuration continues from Kizashi 2, utilizing Suzuki’s advanced i-AWD system combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters for manual control.
Interior details were not revealed in New York but shouldn’t be too far off considering the Kizashi's 2010 production target. Even though Kizashi 3 will be the first of the series to see production, it’s easy to see that a sport wagon and a crossover based on the first two concepts could go into production too.