MotorAuthority is reporting that Suzuki will be pulling the sheet off of a new mid-level, mid-size sedan at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show. What viewers will see is a concept car called the Kizashi. It's likely to be a preview of a 2010 production model designed for global markets, probably including the U.S. Long seen as merely an economy car and SUV automaker, this model could help Suzuki further entrench itself into the mainstream.
Vehicles like the XL7 and SX4 have shown that people will buy Suzukis at slightly higher price levels, but this new concept will challenge the heart of the market. Styling, performance, and quality (nevermind that last recall) have all improved lately at Suzuki, so we're excited to see how this model shapes up. We wish we had pictures to show you now, but Suzuki itself has released nothing, not even a teaser image.
Sharing the stage in Frankfurt will be the cute little Suzuki Splash, which is based on shared architecture with the Opel Agila. Although we initially said it wouldn't show up until spring '08, the Splash should be in showrooms shortly after its Frankfurt debut with a choice of two gas engines or a diesel. At least for the European market, that is.