• Jan 24, 2008
click image for hi-res gallery of the Suzuki Palette

Suzuki makes and sells a whole lot of kei-class tall wagons in Japan, thanks to the ever-popular Wagon R and all the variants it has produced. The latest micro-minivan to hit the market is the Palette, which the automaker first showed at last year's Tokyo Motor Show. On sale January 30, the Palette is a tall-roofed four-passenger minivan whose key features are dual sliders (with power available on one or both sides, depending on trim level) and its low, flat load floor. Practicality is king with cars like this, but for buyers interested in having added niceties, the list of standard and available features include keyless entry and start, HID headlamps, different stereo options, and trim-grade-specific exterior styling elements. All are typical of Suzuki's kei car offerings, as are the availability of NA or turbocharged engines, manual and automatic gearboxes, and a choice of 2WD or 4WD. Suzuki doesn't mention power outputs for the engines, but assuming the Palette is to be a kei car, the maximum allowable is 64 hp, which you'd get from the turbo. Chalk up another nifty little city car for Suzuki.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      nip one curb and that suckers going over.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if US DOT should also create a special 'K-car' category, in the interest of increasing fuel economy on a national scale. Think that'll be a good idea?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would buy a Kei
      • 7 Years Ago
      SAABotage - Ducati gets over > 200 HP/L!

      So it could be possible to get 120 HP outta this thing.

      As long as it can pass Swedens Moose Avoidance Test with flying colors + Crash Tests, I think its great!
      • 7 Years Ago
      As someone who actually lives and drives in Japan, kei cars are a blight which need to be eradicated from the earth. Nothing is more annoying than a line of cars moving 10kph under the speed limit because a kei car is having trouble getting up a hill.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a pregnant guppy
        • 7 Years Ago
        best thing i heard all day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One point about keijidosha cars is that there's a ~600cc limit on displacement. I think there's a horsepower limit, too, but there's not much you can wring out of 600cc so it's kind of moot.

      I'll give that perhaps North Americans are more willing to drive smaller cars then they have been in the past, but kei cars are _really slow_. We're not talking Yaris slow (~10sec) or even Smart TDI slow (~18sec) but 0-60-in-under-an-hour slow. I still like them in concept and they'd be fine for urban use, but I have serious trouble seeing one here outside of the JDM importer crowd.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To Osamu Suzuki, Suzuki Motor Corp. CEO

      I am Asim Bhageria from Bombay India. I am physically handicapped. All my life I have driven Maruti cars. My first car was a 800 modified by Maruti for me in 1992. Then in 2002 I upgraded to Zen again modified by Maruti for my handicap. Now I wish to upgrade to the SX4. But sadly Maruti doesn’t modify the SX4 for the physically handicapped. I even wrote a letter to Mr. Jagdish Kattar in this regard ,but didn’t get any response.

      Is it possible that Maruti cannot fit the SX4 with an automatic transmission.

      The modifications I want are an automatic transmission with the brake & accelerator controls in the hand as my legs are weak.

      Asim Bhageria
      725, Pragraj Gully
      • 7 Years Ago
      Soon these Japanese cubes are going to go past 90 degrees with their angles and be flared out at the top.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      By the time you add A/C, real bumpers and other safety equipment for the US market, this would need a hundred horses or more, torpedoing the high gas mileage. Besides, this design isn't nearly weird enough. Most of the other kei's are way past cute, venturing into bizarre.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There are plenty of us that like small efficient cars and could realistically live with kei-class sized vehicles. I considered a Smart, until I experienced that herky-jerky craptastic transmission, now I'm looking for something else...like a kei-class car.

      We're seeing a few 15 year old used japanese market cars up here in the Great White North brought in by Japanoid importers, and there is a wait list for some models... BUT APPARENTLY THERE IS NO MARKET (???)

      Suzuki would be smart to import a few new ones to Canada like Smart did a few years ago as, they may be surprised at the interest.
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