January 27, 2008 Suzuki will present both the Kizashi and Kizashi 2 Concept cars together for the first time at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show. Unveiled separately at the 2007 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt and 2007 Tokyo Motor Show respectively, the Concepts showcase the company's intention to build on its automotive presence already established in the compact car (Swift) and sport utility vehicle (Grand Vitara) segments by entering into the family-oriented sedan market. The Kizashi - a Japanese word meaning “prelude” or “foretaste” - will feature a 2.0L 4-valve turbo diesel engine coupled with an intelligent all-wheel drive system targeting low CO2 emissions in a lean, muscular design that aims to optimize interior spaciousness and apply the no-nonsense, user-oriented approach to driver functionality gleaned from its experience in motorcycle production.
Though labeled as a "flagship sedan", the Concept's profile isn't far from a wagon, with the large distinctive grille, 21-inch wheels and a wide stance adding to the sporty, powerful impression that Suzuki is aiming for with the design.
- Overall length (mm): 4,650
- Overall width (mm): 1,950
- Overall height (mm):1,400
- Wheelbase (mm): 2,850
- Engine: Newly developed 2.0L 4-valve turbo diesel
- Transmission: Sequential six-speed
- Drive System: Advanced i-AWD
- Tires: 255/30R21
- Wheels: 21-inch, nine-spoke, aluminum-alloy
The 78th Geneva International Motor Show will be held from 4–16 March 2008. Stay tuned for updates on the Kizashi (including preliminary performance specs) and other highlights as further details emerge.