• Jan 28th 2011 at 8:04PM
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Back when Volkswagen announced that it was teaming up with Suzuki, the discussion focused mainly on the development of small cars for emerging markets. Now, the rumormill is blazing with speculation that Suzuki is looking to secure a VW powerplant for use in its midsize Kizashi sedan.

Suzuki feels that the Kizashi's only engine, a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder that cranks out 185 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, lacks sufficient power to push the Kizashi to be a top performer in its class and doesn't allow Suzuki's sedan to compete in the fuel efficiency wars in the midsize hybrid segment.

Apparently, this is where VW steps in. According to rumors swirling around, VW could supply Suzuki with a punchy V6 engine, a hybrid powertrain or even a diesel mill for use in the Kizashi. While there's no indication that Suzuki is officially interested in sourcing a couple of powertrains from its new partner, we'd venture to guess that a V6 engine, or even a gas-electric setup, would make the midsize Kizashi more competitive and could potentially lead to additional sales.

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[Source: Ward's Auto]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Hybrid/Diesel? AWESOME, now give a much more potent engine, and get rid of the disgusting CVT, and replace it with a DSG.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I am not saying I would buy one, but at least I would take a good look at a Suzuki with a TDI pushing it along @ 45 MPG. Nothing Suzuki makes interests me now.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Suzuki wants to leak oil? I can't keep my GF's New Beetle full for the life of me.
      • 8 Months Ago
      LTAW, at the risk of appearing uninformed (which is probably accurate,) what's a GFs new beetle?
      • 8 Months Ago
      I looked at it, but it's somewhat underpowered and the reliability ratings for it were low. So I bought a Hyundai Sonata Turbo last night, which allows me to have my cake and eat it too. It's a 4 cylinder with more power than all the other V-6's in its class and it gets 33mpg highway. It basically doubles the fuel economy from my old V-8 SUV that I eagerly unloaded to the dealer. Who says saving gas can't be fun?
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