Suzuki Kizashi Hybrid Officially in the Works

Joshua Duval

Not long after the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi broke cover at the end of July, rumors started flying that a hybrid or electric version of the handsome sedan was in the works as well. This week, an American Suzuki executive confirmed that a hybrid Kizashi is being developed.

American Suzuki spokesman Jeff Holland told Automotive News that the Japanese arm of Suzuki is indeed developing a Kizashi hybrid, though he would not say when the vehicle would be released or what hybrid technology would be used. A report from Japan's Nikkei business paper released prior to Holland's statement claims that Suzuki is aiming for a launch in 2011. Nikkei says the gas-electric Kizashi would use hybrid technology developed by General Motors. Holland did not confirm either of Nikkei's details.

The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi will come only with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Suzuki did not engineer the Kizashi for a V-6, sayingthe sales volume of its new sedan won't be large enough to justify the cost of the larger engine. Front-wheel-drive and a six-speed manual transmission will be standard, while all-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission will be optional.

The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi sedan goes on sale this winter, with an expected base price of approximately $19,500.

Source: Automotive News

That's a really nice looking car! I had seen the concept car at an autoshow already. It was a real looker... very flashy and sleek, but maybe a bit too outlandish for an actual production model. Suzuki did a great job at toning it down while at the same time still leaving alot of the design elements intact. This car will age really well.One thing that this article didn't mention though is all the engineering that went into this car. There is nothing else like the Kizashi in this catagory of car on the road today! For starters show me another car in the segment that has: aluminum pistons with low tensile force rings, forged connecting rods, forged crankshaft, timing CHAIN (not a belt), balance shafts, hydraulic valve lifters AND coil-over ignition. There are none.If you don't know what all that means, trust me, it means this car will be a great performer and is better engineered that anything in its catagory and price level. The prices are going to start around 19k, and go up to 25k for a totally loaded version complete with AWD! To get anything even close to this car you will have to spend ATLEAST 10k to 20K more that you will with Kizashi. Suzuki tends to put it's money where you can't see it, unlike other brands that sell a fancy interior on a dinosaur chassis. Multi-link fully independent suspension too, no lame-o semi-trailing arms or torsion beams to be found on this car. Combine all those features w/ the AWD option and there's plenty to differentiate this car from Honda's, Toyota's, VW's and Subaru's, etc.
Why would they go with GM's archaic hybrid system? Actually this is an updated system that has been a joint project between Suzuki and GM for the past 6 years. Infact, Suzuki will be the first company to actually employ this version of the hybrid drive. GM will later include it in some of its own models. Suzuki has had an ongoing relationship with GM for the past 2 decades.Suzuki why don't you concentrate of building motorcycles alone and leave cars and trucks to the big boys? Answer: Suzuki doesn't need to "concentrate" on motorcyles, they are already one of the best brands in the world with some of the most amazing two wheelers ever made.As far as cars go, Suzuki is one of the big boys, in fact, it's one of the top 4 brands in Japan, and in many countries Suzuki is top dawg, like in India and other emerging markets that are where real growth will occur over the next several decades. Funny how much mis-informed so many people are on the Suzuki brand overall LOL
Why would they go with GM's archaic hybrid system? They are a Japanese company, would'nt they petition Toyota to use the Synergy drive system?Hey Suzuki, why don't you concentrate on building motorcycles and leave cars and trucks to the big boys?

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