• Mar 30, 2010

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

Suzuki decided that tomorrow wasn't soon enough to take the wraps off its new 2011 Kizashi Sport, so they invited us media types to SoHo tonight for a sneak peek before the official unveiling at the 2010 New York Auto Show. What we saw when we arrived was a very sharp looking Kizashi done up in fiery red with new 18-inch alloy wheels, a deeper front chin spoiler, a trunklid spoiler and extended side sills with a dash of chrome here and there. While we had hoped to see a "V6" badge somewhere on it, we were sadly left wanting.

In fact, the 2011 Sport doesn't have any performance tweaks in the engine bay, just the exterior changes and a firmed up suspension. There's also a new sport steering wheel inside as well as contrasting stitching throughout. The Sport package will be available on Kizashi GTS and SLS trim levels and ia scheduled to go on sale in the States this August. We have a sneaking suspicion that this is the same Kizashi concept we saw several months ago out at Cars & Coffee, not that there's anything wrong with that. There's a gallery of live pics below along with the freshly released media pics, and the full press release can be after the jump.

[Source: American Suzuki Motor Corp.]
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* Suzuki enhances Kizashi lineup with world introduction of 'Sport' version.
* 2011 Kizashi Sport adds even more flash and class to content-packed Suzuki sport sedan.
* Competition in sporty hatch segment heats up with 2010 SX4 SportBack.
* Suzuki's New York International Auto Show exhibit (First Floor 311).

NEW YORK (March 30, 2010) - American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) arrives in Manhattan - a city known for and populated by its many imports - for the global introduction of its 2011 Kizashi Sport at this year's New York International Auto Show. Offered exclusively on Kizashi GTS and SLS trim levels, Suzuki's new 'Sport' variant of its sleek and sophisticated sport sedan is scheduled to go on sale in the United States this August. Pricing for the all-new 2011 Kizashi Sport will be announced closer to the vehicle's arrival in dealer showrooms.

"We've been thrilled with an enthusiastic reaction to the 2010 Kizashi, and we look forward to offering sport sedan buyers the newest iteration of our stylish sport sedan later this year," said Koichi Suzuki, executive vice president American Suzuki Automotive Operations. "The Kizashi Sport provides us with an opportunity to build on the sport sedan's short-term accomplishments and further engage driving enthusiasts looking for an affordable alternative to luxury performance vehicles."

Based on the recently introduced 2010 Kizashi (pronounced "Kee-Zah-Shee"), already acclaimed for its near-luxury content and Euro-tuned platform, the 2011 Kizashi Sport moves the excitement meter upward with a host of external mods. These include a more muscular front fascia (with chrome accents) and lower grille, body side sill extensions, lower body side molding with chrome accents, a trunk mounted spoiler, custom light weight 18-inch alloy wheels and a 10mm lower ride height for a combination of better aerodynamics and a lower center of gravity for enhanced grip and sharper handling.

Inside, the new Kizashi gets a distinctive designed sport steering wheel with perforated leather grip and contrasting stitching on the leather seats, shifter boot and emergency brake boot (when equipped with black leather interior). Interior upgrades speak to the Kizashi's sporting intent, with form-fitting sport seats and driver-centric cockpit.
2010 Kizashi

The 2010 Kizashi is available in four trim levels, ranging from the well-equipped entry-level Kizashi S priced between $18,999 for FWD and $21,899 for AWD, to the luxuriously appointed SLS model ranging from $24,499 for FWD M/T to $26,899 for AWD Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Prices do not include the $735 destination and handling charge.
2010 SX4 SportBack

In addition, Suzuki will showcase America's most affordable "Hot Hatch", the all-new 2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack. Sharing its base configuration with the all-wheel-drive SX4 Crossover, the SX4 SportBack offers an all-new 2.0-liter engine delivering 150 horsepower with its standard six-speed manual transmission. For those with a preference for action with less interaction, a performance-tuned CVT (with paddle shifters) is optional. Suzuki's new hot hatch also features an aero package, larger rear, fog lamps, spoiler, lower ride package (when compared to the SX4 Crossover) with KYB performance shocks, keyless start, stability control, all-new instrument cluster and a class-exclusive standard navigation system.
2010 Suzuki Auto Product Line

Suzuki Auto's versatile line of vehicles includes the spirited four-door SX4 Sport, all-wheel-drive five-door SX4 Crossover, refined Grand Vitara compact SUV, award-winning Equator pickup truck and all-new 2010 Kizashi and SX4 SportBack. Every vehicle in the line provides Suzuki's standout virtues of durability, leading-edge style and high-end features at very competitive prices. All 2010 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.
About Suzuki

The Brea, Calif.-based Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) was founded in 1963 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corp. (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of approximately 350 automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors in 49 states. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle, and outboard motor manufacturer. In 2009, SMC sold more than 2.3 million new cars and trucks and more than 2.8 million motorcycles and ATVs. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 196 countries and regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzuki.com. Suzuki can also be found on Twitter (@SuzukiAuto), Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SuzukiAuto) and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/SuzukiAutomotive).

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad no V6
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just read a review of the Suzuki Kizashi here:


      Looks like a good car overall and by the sounds of it, possibly one of the best cars Suzuki has made in a long time!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, that's hot. Looks like a Japanese Jetta GLI.

      It may not score them any more US market share, but they've come a long way from selling Veronas and Forenzas.

      They're also doing just fine in the rest of the world, thanks :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would have to agree...even the tail lamps take styling cues from the VW...my co-worker drives an older Swift and swears by it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whether or not the car is good, Suzuki will need a genius marketing campaign just to get on the average car buyer's radar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was hoping the Sport model would be an manual tranny AWD version. I know it will most likely never happen but I can dream.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty good.
      Suzuki is underrated here in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, the warranty is for 7 years/100k miles, so really there's not much to worry about in terms of repairs..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Disagree. Service at most Suzuki dealerships is atrocious, and they have more problems per car than any other manufacturer. The car itself looks fine, perhaps a bit expensive for the segment, will have to wait to see what the pricing on the Cruze/2011 Focus will be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Expert - Suzuki ranked 9th in the industry in JD Power's latest IQS study. Not bad..

        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably because they have been selling rebadged Daewoos for a long time.

        I had a '98 suzuki esteem for a time.. it was a great car. Shortly thereafter they went to hell.. and you thought 2000's GM cars sucked... good lord.
      • 4 Years Ago
      marketing is the thing they should focus more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      marketing is the thing they should focus more.
      Targeted internet marketing
      • 4 Years Ago
      Exterior styling is pretty nice.
      Now, if VW would help with say..2.0 T PUNCH under the hood.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zamafir, the Kizashi already costs Jetta money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        or a decent interior... but then it would cost jetta money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There was talk that Suzuki would intro the souped up GM designed 3.6 V6 from the XL7 for this supposed Kizashi Sport at the NYIAS..guess we know the answer now.

        This could be good news. After ditching GM...and VW now on board, Suzuki could be working on a "turbo" Kizashi (for the 2.4L), the VW 2.0T...or yet perhaps, a VW V6/VR6.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I was hoping (dreaming) that this could be a hatch version of the Kizashi.

      Until there's a hatch version, I am afraid I cannot consider this car, as much as I like it.
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