• Aug 7, 2007


MotorAuthority
is reporting that Suzuki will be pulling the sheet off of a new mid-level, mid-size sedan at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show. What viewers will see is a concept car called the Kizashi. It's likely to be a preview of a 2010 production model designed for global markets, probably including the U.S. Long seen as merely an economy car and SUV automaker, this model could help Suzuki further entrench itself into the mainstream.

Vehicles like the XL7 and SX4 have shown that people will buy Suzukis at slightly higher price levels, but this new concept will challenge the heart of the market. Styling, performance, and quality (nevermind that last recall) have all improved lately at Suzuki, so we're excited to see how this model shapes up. We wish we had pictures to show you now, but Suzuki itself has released nothing, not even a teaser image.

[Source: MotorAuthority]

Sharing the stage in Frankfurt will be the cute little Suzuki Splash, which is based on shared architecture with the Opel Agila. Although we initially said it wouldn't show up until spring '08, the Splash should be in showrooms shortly after its Frankfurt debut with a choice of two gas engines or a diesel. At least for the European market, that is.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope this isn't a restyled Daewoo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      C'mon Suzuki, let the U.S. have that SX4 in a 2 or 3 door.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. I think the Reno is gone,(I like the 5 door hatch style, sinc eit did not look like a sedan/wagon, but sort of coupe-like... except it was too slow for me) although I have heard rumors of it still sticking around(maybe made larger, saem for Forenza...to go between this new Mid-sized sedan and the upcoming sx4 sedan, which will be almost 177 inches long, or on par of the Hyundai Elantra).

        Suzuki is about the hardest to find out anything on future products.
        The sx4 sedan will be FWD only, and lighter(w/o the awd/etc, added), and should be just fine( many cars in this class have 140HP, on avg?).
        My gripe is they seem to have decontented the thing...
        no center console/armrest? The cup holders In Front of the shifter(is that wise...especially if you slam on brakes, and the content goes flying onto the shifter?).

        I say they should build a 3 door, sporty hatch, along the lines of the Scion tC,,, and just as nice on the interior, and maybe drop in their "old" 155HP I-4.
        who knows?

      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish the US Spec sx4 has more power and was a little longer, but still a great value. Also I hope it will have xeons.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Excuse me? That year is pronounced "twenty-ten" NOT "two thousand and ten".

      Say it correctly, do not embarrass yourself in public.

      KTHXBAI
      • 7 Years Ago
      1) Forenza/Reno= GM-Dat(Daewoo). NOT the Real Suzuki, imho(although Suzuki owns 11+% stake in GM-DAT, and rumors were running wild they wanted to ditch this, sell it to GM....but have since dissipated).

      2) SX4: my in-law has had one now for 10 whole months.... 2,400+ miles Per Month., No Rattle, No Noises, No Warrant Items needing looked at. Nothing wrong in Over 25K miles in ownership.
      Solid car . Why the seat complaint from the one poster above? The SX4 seats are excellent, on par of the Scion tC, even. Simiarly styled,too.
      Oh, I noticed NO paint chips after thsi winter, either, unlike many cars,that get hit with road cinders, etc, after a snwo storm, from road salt/cinders,e tc..impressive, indeed.
      I had figured the paint would be like Hyundai or Scion: Thin( we own a tC and Sonata, btw) and chipped on the hoods of these vehicles.

      3) Also interested in the SX4 sedan for Frankfurt. Coming out this Fall.

      This midsized sedan.. I read here(iirc) on autoblog, they have a Verone repalcemenbt for next year, already for Frankfurt(?), for sale next Spring, as an 09 model?
      Did they cancel that for this car?
      Note: The Verona repalcement, heard 2 stories:
      1) built in Japan by Suzuki
      OR
      2) Engineered by Suzuki( via GM-DAT).
      Who knows. Guess we all have to wait 5 more weeks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope this model has better seatbelts.