We’ve yet to take a spin behind the wheel of the new Suzuki Kizashi, but that hasn’t stopped us from falling head over heels for the design (two words: dual exhaust). As a matter of fact, so enamored are we by one of the first 4-wheeled Suzuki products that doesn’t appear destined to suck, we’re not even phased by the $20k pricing announcement.
As mentioned above, pricing will begin at $18,999 for the entry-level Kizashi S and climb as high as $26,749 for the premium, Kizashi GTS. All total there will be 4 trim levels, including the Kizashi S, SE, GTS, and SLS. Despite being the least expensive and thereby most barren of the four models, the Kizashi S ($18,999 – $21,749) comes with a surprisingly impressive list of standard features including 8 airbags (front/rear side and curtain), pushbutton keyless start, dual-zone climate control, 9-speaker audio with steering controls, EPS Stability Control and ABS, projector beam headlamps, power windows, doors and mirrors, and ambient and footwell lighting.
For $2,500 more the Kizashi SE ($21,499 to $22,749) provides all the amenties of the S model as well as a continuously variable transmission (CVT), alloy wheels, 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat with 3-position memory, cruise control, and leather wrapping on the parking break handle and steering wheel.
By far the most comfortably equipped and similarly priced of the four is the GTS ($22,499 – $24,849), which expounds upon the features offered by the S and SE models and includes an optional 6-speed manual transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, fog lights, and a moon roof.
Finally, rounding out the line is the Kizashi SLS ($24,399 to $26,749) which offers leather seats, power passenger seat, heated front seats, auto dimming rear view mirror with Homelink®(3) Universal garage door opener, heated outside mirrors, automatic rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and rear proximity sensors with audible warning and graphic display.
Regardless of your trim package, all Kizashi models come with a single 2.4L, 4 Cylinder, 16-valve, DOHC engine option that puts out 185-horsepower with a man. tranny (180-hp CVT) and 170 lb-ft of torque. Rumors are currently circulating that a V6 option may be in the works, but Suzuki has yet to confirm anything.
Source: PR Newswire