• Jun 4, 2009
2010 Suzuki Kizashi - Click either image for a high-res gallery

Spy shots of the upcoming Suzuki Kizashi are becoming rather common as the mid-size sedan gets ready to launch later this year, but what we've yet to see – what we've needed to see – is a shot of what's inside. Thanks to Autoblog reader Curtis Lewis, we finally have our first glimpse of the Kizashi's interior, and we've got to say, it's looking good.

While the design is hardly revolutionary, the materials appear to take a solid step above and beyond Suzuki's current offerings, with some tasteful wood and aluminum trim. The center stack is rather straightforward, but everything appears more fluid and refined compared to what we've seen in the past. The steering wheel is reasonably sized (not to big and not to small), complete with redundant controls for the stereo and possibly Bluetooth integration, and the seats have a fair amount of bolstering to compliment the leather surfaces.

The exterior hasn't changed much since the last batch of spy shots, and although it isn't nearly as swoopy and aggressive as the Kizashi 3 concept that we saw at the New York Auto Show, we're still encouraged by the sculpted haunches, angular trunk, stretched taillights and integrated exhaust tips. Too bad the front fascia looks like a Neon when coated in camo. Expect the Kizashi to debut in production form this December with a choice of a 2.5-liter inline four driving the front wheels or 3.6-liter V6 sending approximately 300 hp through all four.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      The roofline really looks like Ford's midsize cars. Lookin good though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice, this should give the new Hyundai Sonata a run for it money, hope it will keep the Kizashi nameplate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Give the Sonata a run for it's money? Most of the Suzuki car dealerships in the Tampa Bay area have closed. How can it challenge Hyundai if there are no dealerships?
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like it's been GM'ized
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, and I'm not sure its such a bad thing.

        If I had seen that interior photo and nobody told me what it was, I would have guessed an upcoming compact GM car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bob-omb you are right the SX4 was designed by italidesign, but the whole Fiat co-developing this car is not really true. The platform is from the swift, the AWD system is Suzuki's I-AWD, and the engine lineup varies in different markets. Fiat is only supplying Suzuki with one of their diesel engines, as far as I know that's all their involvement with the car. About my Toyota comment, I was just saying that Suzuki is a genuine Japanese company and deserves the same "Japanese build quality" logo that Toyota and Honda owners will throw at you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The thing is though, that just because it's Japanese doesn't mean its quality would be up with Toyota or Honda. Suzuki, Mitsubishi, and Nissan are all Japanese but score far lower.

        That aside, maybe this can change things. I look forward to it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Suzuki isn't quite as refined as Honda or Toyota--especially in their export markets like America, but the mechanic reliability is right on par with them. Suzuki's bread and butter has always been the "small" and "basic" end of the segment (which is why America has constantly ignored them), but their suzuki-made cars are very solid machines.

        I'd say Suzuki cars (like the Swift, the Alto, Jimny, and SX4) come as close to the classic volkswagen beetle characteristic as anyone: simple, affordable, can take a beating, and you can take them anywhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Suzuki does not offer the 300HP V6 and AWD, this car will probably get lost in the crowd, and become another unknown underrated Suzuki offering. I know most people (in the U.S.) don't know much about the cars Suzuki builds, and is quick to say or think about them as POS, but all their in house products are very well built and stack up nicely to the competition. Their current Grand Vitara and SX4s are completely designed, engineered, and built in japan, something a lot of Toyotas and Hondas cant say.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not sure why that would make this better than a Toyota. But it's not even true. The SX4 was developed jointly with Fiat, and the design work was done by Italidesign. As in Italian. As in not Japanese.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that's a pretty nice interior for a Suzuki !!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks fantastic so far. I didn't even know it would have nearly that much power and AWD. Heck, if I knew, I'd have that on my short list with the LaCrosse CXS, Legacy 3.6R, and Fusion Sport V-6 AWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      *yawn* I think this would be more exciting if the concept wasn't so drool-worthy. I really think they shoot themselves in the foot by dangling the golden carrot in our face, then giving us a turnip.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Suzuki should stick to vehicles of the 2-wheel sort.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually I've been wondering about Suzuki. The dealership near me has had almost zero inventory all year. I expect to see the building shuttered any day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With 2,500 combined sales of their entire car/truck line last month, I suspect you'll get your wish soon :-(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering how the concept looked, the car is underwhelming exterior-wise. I hope that the 300hp AWD powertrain option will be a redeeming factor though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How nice of you guys to splash your watermark all over Curtis' photos.

      ...it doesn't bother me that much, really... it's just I thought I recalled AB calling out another blog for doing the same thing. I could be wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously. So tacky.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why. with suzuki sales where they are in north america, why. a new model isn't going to take them from 70% down year to year to year into any sort of stable position.
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