• Oct 9, 2007
click above image for more pics of the Suzuki Kizashi Concept

We were fans of the Suzuki Kizashi Concept when we stumbled across it at the 2007 Frankfurt show, and are equally interested in the Kizashi 2 Concept debuting in Tokyo soon. The Japanese automaker apparently likes the concepts so much that it will be spawning no less than three production Kizashi models, including a CUV, wagon and four-door sedan that will reportedly rival the Ford Mondeo in Europe. The sedan will be the first to arrive in 2009, reports AutoCar, with the wagon and CUV slated for production a year later. That fact that this news is being reported by AutoCar, a UK-based automotive news outlet, and that the sedan is pegged as a Mondeo rival suggests these vehicles might not be destined for U.S. consumption. On the other hand, resurging Suzuki needs something to replace the mid-size Verona sedan that's no longer on sale in the U.S.

[Source: AutoCar]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I can tell by commentary, you missed some points awhile back, with kazashi 1.
      Well, 2.0 Liter TURBOED I-4, Diesel AWD.
      Over 200HP.
      But, this can change, just like it was being reported this car would have a 5 door version, that was something like their( outgoing, for good) Reno 5 door(which, IMHO< looks good, minus the front end was dated...and it did NOT look like a hatch, more like a sporty coupe, but with doors)....Reno...now it's a "CUV"(PLEASE< NO MORE CUV's! You have the SX4 "CUV".,. that's enough for one company).
      If they are Mondeo fighters, or Mazda6...next gen... a 5 door that looked like either of those 3 models would suffice, more than a sedan, with it's limited carrying capabilites(or a trunk-only).
      Guess we will know in a few weeks!
      Yes, this IS supposedly a Verona replacement...the news has been on the internet for some time....
      a few future vehicles(motortrend, intellichoice.com) sites... say Verona replacement as/by 09... so...since this is all they've shown...this must be it?

      As I said.... we should know more in 2 weeks, I HOPE.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Current XL-7 was a project that was developed with GM's assistance and shares the same platform with other GM SUVs. Now that GM is off Suzuki's back a pure blood CUV/SUV is highly needed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Current XL-7 was a project that was developed with GM's assistance and shares the same platform with other GM SUVs. Now that GM is off Suzuki's back a pure blood CUV/SUV is highly needed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How does the fact that it is being called a "Mondeo-fighter" make it not destined for the U.S.? The U.S. is the primary market this car is being designed for!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Whats all the fuss about the mondeo anyway. It used to be nothing more than a Ford contour with a few more engine choices am i wrong? As an American, the mondeo isnt anything impressive
      • 7 Years Ago
      "That fact that this news is being reported by...a UK-based automotive news outlet, and that...suggests these vehicles might not be destined for U.S. consumption."

      That's what "they" said when the supposedly European market destined SX4(then "Hungarian sourced only" they said...) was NOT be destined for U.S. consumption.



      • 7 Years Ago
      Too bad the best part about the concept [for me anyways] won't make it to production.
      That bad ass grill. Too bad...
      Tim
      • 7 Years Ago
      What makes this vehicle even cooler is the fact that Maybach is going away anyhow...
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Tim
        Uhm, what does this vehicle have to do with Maybach?
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a rule suzuki cars suck. All they have to do is build this exactly as is and their name will become household in the automotive world.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Suzuki are good...
      • 7 Years Ago
      We need another brand to make it big in the US. It is always the same old story...Honda Honda Honda....GM GM GM...Toyota Toyota Toyota...why not someone else ?
      Sorry, not Hyundai...gross.
      It is time for Suzuki.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Excelero eh? Does "Kizashi" mean "Stolen" in Japanese?
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