• Oct 28, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Suzuki Kizashi

When the Suzuki Kizashi 3 concept bowed in New York, we were smitten by the sedan's aggressive lines and low-slung stance. But after seeing some rudimentary patent drawings of the production model, we were seriously concerned that everything we loved about Suzuki's new sedan would be lost in translation. Finally, some glimmer of hope has arrived.

KGP caught a Kizashi mule in Germany before it set off on its mandatory 'Ring run, and with a modicum of camo and some artfully placed tape, the prototype laid most of our concerns to rest.

Although the exaggerated shape and massive fender flares of the concept has been eschewed for something a bit more sedate, the majority of the lines remain, along with the sculpted headlamps and broad rear shoulders. Unfortunately, things begin to go slightly awry in the rear, where the chunky C-pillar and 1-series look-alike lights join an upkicked trunk and a bulbous bumper. But overall, our gripes are minor, and with power rumored to be provided by either a 300 hp, 3.6-liter DOHC V6 driving all four wheels or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder putting power down to the front rollers, we think this might be the first in a string of new models from Suzuki that could finally bring it up to par with its cross-town competitors in Japan.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      What 1-series are you looking at? The rear lights look like a Civic Coupe's more than anything else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks more like a Nissan Sentra successor than anything like the concept.
        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed 1000% The ruined this car. The concept looks like a bad @ss sedan with some G37 cues and a seriously fast stance. This thing looks like a sentra with acura RL lights and a BMW like tail. Looks terrible in comparison to that show car. worlds apart.
      • 6 Years Ago
      is it me or does the low-swooping grille look like the new audis??
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another bottom-feeder car. Don't tell me this is another badge-engineered Daewoo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good. I wish it kept the length of the concept but it seems pretty nice from these pics.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some of these Asian car companies can re-interpret German styling themes rather quickly.
      Very nice for an economy car.
      Especially the wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugh, they destroyed the concept. Now it looks like a Corolla.

      I understand they can't implement everything in a concept (giant brake rotors, ultra-low offset wheels, tiny greenhouse, etc)... but it's obvious from the general contours that they totally chickened out and went conservative in styling. The concept had sharper edges mixed in, this is so rounded out (hence the resemblance to Yaris/Corolla).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can never understand how manufactures manage to downgrade from concept to production.

      Lets make the car look insanely good that everyone will love it. Lets give it the sickest interior you will see in a car that everyone will love. Lets give it a badass platform engine and chassis!!! Let's spend millions of dollars on developing this concept. Ohh hmmmm let's not make it because lots of people will buy it...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The problem is, if car companies actually BUILT concept cars for the masses they would have horrible rides, no headroom, and cost $100,000...

        Though I am also upset at the "concept car" process. Too often they show us a "concept" version of a car that has already been fully designed, with all of the stylistic tweaks they wish they could have put into production. I'd be happy if they could just get the proportions the same between the two. If it isn't going to look that way in real life, then don't do it. And if you can't make it look good in production to begin with then you need to go back to the drawing board or make better platforms. When you overly tweak the "concept" the production model ends up letting people down.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems to me as if this car looks a little small to be in the midsize segment with the Mazda6 and Accord, but more the Fusion and Legacy. I'm looking forward to seeing this in production form.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It kinda looks like a corolla...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would buy it just like that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are you sure this is the Kizashi? It seems to be a much smaller car compared to the concept. Could it be that this is smaller model that uses similar styling cues and not the real Kizashi? It would make sense for Suzuki to spread the good looks of the Kizashi to other models.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks good, but they already built it. Its called the corolla. Or the yaris sedan.

      If it has 300hp, it could still be a winner. Just don't expect 30 grand for one suzuki.

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