The Suzuki Kizashi is classified as a mid-size car and is produced by Japanese carmaker Suzuki. This vehicle was first introduced in the United States on July 30, 2009. Sales of the Kizashi started in October of 2009 in Japan and in the United States in December of that same year. Australia and New Zealand markets saw the introduction of the Kizashi in May of 2010. This is the first mid-size vehicle from Suzuki to be sold in the Australia market. In February of 2011, this vehicle went on sale in India. The Kizashi has also been available in various European markets since 2013.
Kizashi announced that they will be slowly discontinuing the Kizashi in various markets around the world in December of 2013, and there will be no replacement for it. Even though this car has a fairly good technical record, it still did poorly in the context of the global financial crisis as well as Suzuki’s withdrawal from the American market in 2012. There were other factors that did contribute to the poor sales of this vehicle, including its lack of engine options as well as fairly steep retail price.
The Kizashi gets its name from the Japanese word, which means “omen” or warning”, suggesting that Suzuki was using this vehicle as a harbinger for some of their future vehicles. The Kizashi was meant to be Suzuki’s flagship sedan and has managed to succeed as this company’s most popular model, exceeding Japanese government regulations for exterior dimensions as well as engine displacement for cars that fall under the classification of “compact”. Some of the standard equipment that comes with the Kizashi include front-wheel drive, a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine capable of 185 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, and transmission options which include a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.
The Kizashi’s CVT transmission reduces power to a total of 180 horsepower, and it is also available with 17 and 18” alloy wheels as well as Akebono sourced brakes a choice of cloth or leather upholstered seats, and a 425-watt Rockford Fosgate audio sysem with iPod connectivity as well as Bluetooth capabilities. The all-wheel-drive, which is based on the i-AWD system in the Suzuki SX-4, is an optional feature that includes a driver-activated FWD mode for saving on gas. The Kizashi earned a 5/5 star safety rating from ANCAP.
The Suzuki Motor Corporation launched the Maruti Kizashi in February of 2011 and it was imported as a Completely Built Unit or CBU, which attracts import duties of 105 percent. This vehicle was priced at 16-17 lakh rupees and has since been discontinued in the Indian market because of rapidly declining sales. This model uses a J24B 2.4 liter petrol engine with 4-cylinders as well as 16 valves DOHC. The 2400 cc engine is capable of producing a total of 185 horsepower at 6,500 rpm with the manual transmission and 180 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with the CVT transmission. The engine that this vehicle uses can also produce a total of 170 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
In late June of 2010, Suzuki recalled a total of 5,107 2010 model Kizashis because of a glove box door problem which failed to comply with FMVSS 201 or “Occupant Protection in Interior Impact”, suggesting that the door could possibly open in the event of a crash. In late July of 2014, Suzuki made another recall for an undisclosed number of model 2010-2013 Kizashis due to the possibility of spiders weaving a web into the evaporative canister, causing it to become blocked and creating an excessive amount of negative pressure that could build within the fuel tank.