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