Suzuki plan to enter the hotly contested medium passenger car segment with a high performance sports sedan based on the Kizashi. The concept is powered by a 3.6-litre V6 engine featuring plated cylinders - a weight and space-saving technology that evolved from lessons learnt by Suzuki's MotoGP and World Rally Championship motorsport teams. The 220 kW VVT engine is teamed with a paddle shift six-speed automatic gearbox and Advanced i-AWD (All-Wheel Drive) system. "This concept represents a new direction for Suzuki in that it takes our expertise with smaller sporty vehicles and translates that into the mid sized segment," said Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers. The bulging bonnet, wide track abbreviated overhangs and aggressive wheel and tyre combinations convey an underlying strength and performance orientated image.
The Suzuki Kizashi goes into production next year.