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Suzuki will give Kizashi flagship a sporty look

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Suzuki will give Kizashi flagship a sporty look

Ryan Beene

Automotive News -- August 2, 2010 - 12:01 am ET

Suzuki's Kizashi sedan will get a face-lift this fall that includes a new front fascia and interior upgrade.

Also, the suspension of the struggling brand's flagship sedan has been lowered 10 millimeters to allow for sportier driving.

The changes apply to the GLS and SLS versions of the Kizashi. They will not be available on the SE base model, which will be unchanged from the 2010 model year.

The Kizashi's top trim levels will be renamed Sport SLS and Sport GLS, spokesman Jeff Holland says.

A hybrid powertrain and a V-6 engine using borrowed technology from General Motors were scheduled to be introduced as Kizashi options in 2011 or 2012, but those plans were canceled this year. GM sold its 20 percent stake in Suzuki in 2008.

Also vanishing as a result of the sale of GM's stake is the V-6 engine that powers the Grand Vitara SUV. The 2011 Grand Vitara's only engine will be a 2.4-liter four-cylinder producing 166 hp and 162 pounds-feet of torque.

Meanwhile, Suzuki says it will shave more than $1,000 from the sticker price of its 2011 SX4 Sportback, a five-door compact. The 2011 Sportback will start in the mid-$16,000 range, with pricing to be announced this fall. That's down from $17,999 plus shipping for the 2010 model.

The Sportback is also getting a new 150-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission.

Suzuki's sales plunged 49 percent in the first half of the year to 11,549 vehicles. That followed a 54 percent drop for all of 2009.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20100802/RETAIL03/308029971/1430#ixzz0vSaj1IQW

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Suzuki Kizashi Will Receive Update This Fall

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


August 2nd, 2010

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



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