Suzuki talks 2012 changes, updated Grand Vitara with Ultimate Adventure Edition model

Suzuki is ready to talk about the future. More specifically, the automaker is looking a bit ahead on its calendar and realizes that 2012 will be here rather soon. Sales are up 17 percent year-to-date for 2011, so the 2012 lineup will be an important one to keep momentum moving forward.

A new edition of the Grand Vitara arrives for 2012. Dubbed "Ultimate Adventure Edition," this Suzuki SUV will show up in dealer showrooms wearing 18-inch alloy wheels, water-resistant seat fabric, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and integrated fog lamps. Suzuki hasn't released photos yet, sadly, but we know that the Ultimate Adventure Edition isn't the only change for the 2012 Grand Vitara. The entire model family will be refreshed, including a new tailgate design that will allow the Grand Vitara to ditch the exposed spare tire on the rear (on select models), while the interior will benefit from an upgraded navigation system that includes voice recognition, traffic information, 3D map lane guidance and Google Local Point of Interest search.

The Suzuki Kizashi sedan will remain wearing its $18,999 (includes D&H) starting price tag. A new SE Leather Edition, which features (you guessed it) leather upholstery, joins the Kizashi lineup, and starts $2,000 lower than the top-trim SLS.

That's just a taste of the changes Suzuki has in store for 2012. Click past the jump to find out more in the full press release.
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As a whole the automotive industry has begun to turn a corner, but not without first having endured a difficult couple of years full of unprecedented challenges. The most recent for Suzuki, as well as for many other OEMs, was the tragic earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan in March. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the millions affected, which include family members and friends of many of our own Suzuki employees. From an operations standpoint, our Hamamatsu-based headquarters is situated well outside of the region directly affected by the devastation. Nevertheless, we expect a slowdown in production volume in the months ahead, mainly due to parts and supplier shortages.

While sales in the U.S. have begun to turnaround and trend upwards, so have fuel prices, making Suzuki's diverse line of small, affordable vehicles even more relevant to American consumers.

With Sales up nearly 17% year-to-date, Suzuki will continue to refine and improve upon the
competitiveness of its line-up in MY12 with more standard safety features, upgraded in-vehicle
technology, improved fuel-economy, new colors for every model and added special value
packages to further build on the brand's value commitment to practicality and unparalleled value.

The Kizashi mid-size sedan enters MY12 with terrific sales momentum (+47% year to date) on the heels of earning new awards in consumer satisfaction from multiple premiere consumer research organizations. Recent unveilings of two Kizashi concepts at the New York International Auto Show – the fuel efficient EcoCharge model and the turbo APEX model – hinted at how the Suzuki can broaden the Kizashi's appeal to broaden its fan base in the future. For 2012, the Kizashi improves on its winning value story by maintaining its starting price of $18,999 (plus Destination & Handling charge of $765) and adding a new high-value leather equipped Kizashi trim (SE Leather Edition) to the line-up with a starting price $2,000 lower than the top-trim SLS model. Overall, the Kizashi line-up pricing is up less than 1% for MY12 and builds on its reputation as a category "Best Buy" as recognized by Consumers Digest in 2011.

The on and off-road capable Grand Vitara compact SUV will arrive with a new model, named the
Ultimate Adventure Edition, featuring black chrome-finished 18-inch alloy wheels, water resistant
two-tone heated seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, and integrated outside turn and fog lamps at a special value oriented price. Beginning in spring of 2012, the Grand Vitara will show off its new profile with a new rear tailgate design, eliminating the spare tire on some models. In addition, the Grand Vitara receives improvements to its class-exclusive standard navigation system, now featuring voice command recognition and an enhanced suite of standard interactive features such as traffic information, weather forecast, 3D maps including lane guidance, Google Local Point-of-Interest Search, among the highlights. The Grand Vitara's starting price increases by $200 in thenew model year, and overall weighted average price increase is limited to just over 1% for the new model year.

Suzuki continues to refine and improve the ever-popular SX4 line – Sedan, SportBack and
Crossover AWD – with enhancements to technology, safety, and fuel economy. All SX4 models will adopt upgraded Garmin Navigation System with Voice Command Recognition (Navigation remains standard on all SX4 Sedan Sport trims and optional on other SX4 configurations) along with a suite of interactive features similar to those in Grand Vitara. The sedans will also receive standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC1) and rear disc brakes across the line up (currently standard on Crossover and SportBack), as well as improved fuel economy on the SX4 Sedan LE automatic (improvement of nearly 8% in MPG).

The MY12 SX4 Crossover AWD will retain its status as America's most affordable all-wheel-drive
automobile with no increase to its starting price of $16,999 (plus $765 for destination & handling
charge) and will adopt standard Alloy Wheels on all automatic transmission equipped models.
Overall, the SX4 line-up will experience an average 1% price increase in MY12.

Last, but not least, Suzuki's award-winning Equator midsize pickup truck will return to fill the needs of both our work-oriented customer as well as our weekend warrior customers whose passions are fueled by motorcycle and marine-related activities. For 2012, the Equator 4-cylinder models will adopt standard Electronic Stability Control now making ESC standard throughout the entire Equator line-up. The Equator will continue to offer a class-leading V6 motor and off-road hardware along with America's #1 Warranty (7-years/100,000 miles of limited powertrain protection). Pricing for Equator will be released at a later date.

The following early 2012 model year information is provided for use in long-lead publications and
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2012 Suzuki Kizashi
As the winner of AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award for mid-size sedan for two years running (2010 and 2011) and the just released J.D. Power award for mid-size sedans, the Kizashi – available in 4 trims (S, SE, GTS, and SLS) – provides consumer a fun-to-drive excellent handling car in a segment long suffering with boring to drive cars. Kizashi will strengthen is appeal in 2011 by adding a leather seat package to the popular SE trim level which includes power leather seats (driver and passenger) and heated front seats. The base S trim and mid-grade SE trim also get a new "Pearl Red" exterior color: Crimson Red Metallic. Our sportiest trim series the GTS 6M/T has been repackaged to increase its performance and enhance it value as our most serious driver's car through the deletion of the glass sunroof and power driver's seat to reduce weight and lower this 6M'T's center of gravity while increasing it affordability. The Sport GTS with A/T retains the standard sunroof and power seat. Our top trim, the SLS Sport carries over its popular formula from the 2011MY to 2012.

2.4-liter, in-line four-cylinder, DOHC
185 hp @ 6,500 RPM (MT); 180 hp @ 6,000 RPM (CVT)
170 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
Six-speed manual/available CVT with paddle shifters (most trims)
Front-wheel drive/all-wheel drive
106.3 in. / 183.1 in.
S MT: 21/31 city/highway
S CVT: 23/31 city/highway; S CVT AWD: 23/30 city/highway
Touch-Free Smart Key Entry with Push-Button Ignition, Sport Seats, Dual-Zone Auto Climate, Vehicle Security System, 5-Link Rear Suspension.

All-Wheel-Drive, Navigation with Traffic info & Rear View Camera, Bluetooth
Akebono Brakes, Electronic Stability Control (FWD), I-VSP (AWD models), ABS and Brake Assist
Eight Standard Airbags: Front, side and side curtain airbags front and rear child seat anchors and tethers, Projector Beam Headlamps with DRL

2012 Suzuki SX4 Sedan/Sport
The SX4 Sedan, includes Base, LE and Sport trim series for 2012 and continues to provide
excellent value including the peace of mind of America's #1 and only fully transferable 100,000
mile warranty. For the 2012 MY all sedans adopt standard electronic stability control (ESC) and
rear disc brakes with the LE Popular Package also receiving alloy wheels along with improved
fuel economy. The Sport model receives an upgraded standard navigation system with voice
command, and also gets new alloy wheels. Exterior colors will include a new Brilliant Blue Metallic
for all SX4s and a new Crimson Red Metallic for the LE Sedan. The SX4 Sport S, GTS and LE
Anniversary Edition versions have been discontinued for 2012.

2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder, DOHC
150 hp @ 6,200 RPM (MT); 148 hp @ 6,000 RPM (CVT)
140 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 RPM
Six-speed manual/available CVT with paddle shifters
Front-wheel drive
98.4 in. / 177.6 in.
LE M/T: 23/33 city/highway; LE CVT: 25/32 city/highway

Power Windows, Mirrors, Locks, Tilt Steering; LE Adds A/C, AM/FM/CD/
MP3 with Aux Jack. Sport Adds: Navigation, 17" Alloys, Aero body Kit, Cruise.
Bluetooth Hands free Calling with on-screen graphics

Active: Electronic Stability Control, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes with ABS & Brake Assist
Passive: Eight Standard Airbags: Front, side and side curtain airbags front and rear child seat anchors and tethers, Daytime Running Lights

2012 Suzuki SX4 Crossover AWD
Long praised as America's most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle and highly lauded by
the media and consumers alike the, the Suzuki SX4 Crossover AWD receives an available
upgraded navigation system with voice command and standard alloy wheels on automatic (CVT)
transmission equipped models. New exterior colors include a new Brilliant Blue Metallic and a new
Crimson Red Metallic. This top selling AWD model will continue to deliver exceptional confidence
and capabilities to drivers in all weather conditions.

2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder, DOHC
150 hp @ 6,200 RPM (MT); 148 hp @ 6,000 RPM (CVT)
140 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 RPM
Six-speed manual/available CVT with paddle shifters (some trims)
i-AWD, three-mode all-wheel drive with 2WD, AWD and AWD Lock modes
98.4 in. /162.8 in.
AWD MT: 22/30 city/highway
AWD CVT: 23/29 city/highway

Roof Rack Rails, Rear Window Wiper 7 Defroster, Power Windows, Mirrors,
and Locks with Remote Keyless FOB, AM/FM/CD/MP3 Player w/Aux Jack.
Navigation with voice command and traffic info, Bluetooth, Heated Seats.

Key Safety Active: Standard 3-Mode All-Wheel Drive, Electronic Stability Control, 4-Wheel Disc
Brakes with ABS & Brake Assist
Passive: Eight Standard Airbags: Front, side and side curtain airbags front and rear child seat anchors and tethers, Daytime Running Lights

2012 Suzuki SX4 SportBack
Offering an attractive sporty profile and providing surprising utility, the FWD only SportBack returns ready for driving fun in the 2012 model year. With a lower and stiffer suspension than its AWD stable mate the SX4 Crossover, the SportBack is fitted with standard 17" alloy wheels coupled with an aero body kit and fog lights to deliver consumers America's most affordable "hot hatch".

The SportBack Tech trim with automatic transmission will receive an upgraded navigation system
featuring voice command, as well as new exterior colors including Brilliant Blue Metallic and
Crimson Red Metallic. The Tech trim with M/T is discontinued for 2012.

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2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder, DOHC
150 hp @ 6,200 RPM (MT); 148 hp @ 6,000 RPM (CVT)
140 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 RPM
Six-speed manual/available CVT with paddle shifters (some trims)
Front-wheel drive
98.4 in.
162.8 in.

MT: 22/30 city/highway
CVT: 23/30 city/highway
Electronic Stability Program and Brake Assist
Eight Standard Airbags: Front, side and side curtain airbags front and rear child seat anchors and tethers, Daytime Running Lights

2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Since its introduction, the Grand Vitara has won both media and consumer praise and collected
numerous awards. No other SUV in the Grand Vitara's size and price category better balances
true off-road capability with the needs of daily commuting. It's tough uni-body with ladder frame
construction (similar to Jeep Grand Cherokee™) and available 4-Mode 4WD system with low-
range gearing that allows the Grand Vitara to provide exceptional off road/extreme conditions
prowess while delivering a comfortable, economical and well controlled on-road ride.

2012 sees the addition of an all-new trim series called the Ultimate Adventure Edition – it is
available in both 2WD and 4WD configurations. On the exterior, the Ultimate Adventure Edition
features stunning "black chrome" painted 18-inch wheels, front fog lamps and European style side view mirrors with integrated turn signals, Inside, the Ultimate Adventure Edition features trend-setting three-tone (blue, gray, white) water resistant seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

In recognition of consumers needs and wants, the 2012 ½ Grand Vitara will feature an all-new rear tailgate design that eliminates the outside spare tire and carrier in Spring 2012. All 2012 ½ Grand Vitara models will wear this refined profile, except the top of the line Limited trim which retains this off-roader authentic and useful outside spare tire feature. In addition, all Grand Vitara models will offer a new navigation system with voice command and a new exterior color, Sandstorm Metallic.

2.4-liter in-line four DOHC
166 hp @ 6,000 RPM
162 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
Five-speed manual/available four-speed auto
Rear-wheel drive/available Four-Mode full-time all-wheel drive with two-
speed transfer case
103.9 in. / 177.2 in.

Navigation System with Voice Command and Traffic info, Auto Headlights,
Automatic Climate Control, AM/FM/CD/MP3, Fold-Tumble Split Rear Seats
4-Mode 4WD System, 18" Alloy Wheels, Leather Heated Seats, Bluetooth.

RWD MT: 19/26 city/highway
RWD AT: 19/25 city/highway
4WD AT: 19/23 city/highway
Electronic Stability Program, Brake Force Distribution, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes with Brake Assist
Front, side and side curtain airbags front and rear child seat anchors and tethers, Projector Beam Headlamps with DRL

2012 Suzuki Equator
Introduced to Suzuki showrooms in the 2009 model year, the Consumers Digest™ Best Value
award winning Equator was a natural fit to Suzuki's model lineup given the high propensity
of Suzuki motorcycle, ATV and outboard motor owners to drive a pickup truck. Available in
both Extended Cab and Crew Cab body styles, and rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive
configurations, the Equator has found favor both with activity-oriented consumers and the enthusiast publications that serve them. The Equator is the only pick-up in America to offer a
100,000 mile power train warranty, one that is fully transferable too.

For 2012 all Equator pickup trucks will have standard Electronic Stability Control. This feature was previously standard on V6 models only. 2012 see the addition of three great new colors: Bay Blue Metallic, Adobe Red Metallic and Silver Alloy Metallic.

2.5-liter in-line four DOHC/4.0-liter V6 DOHC
152 hp @ 5,200 RPM/261 hp @ 5,600 RPM
171 lb.-ft. @ 4,400 RPM/281 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

Five-speed manual/available five-speed automatic (I-4)/standard five-speed automatic (V6)
Rear-wheel drive/available 4WD
125.9 in. (Extended and Crew Cab)/139.9 in. (Crew Cab Long Bed)
205.5 in. (Extended and Crew Cab)/219.4 in. (Crew Cab Long Bed)
73.3 in. long (59.5 in. Crew Cab Short Bed)/61.4 in. wide
MT: TBA city/highway
AT: TBA city/highway
RWD AT: TBA city/highway
4WD: TBA city/highway
Vehicle Dynamic Control (Std., V6), Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Front, side and side curtain airbags front and rear child seat anchors and tethers

Note: All 2012 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-
year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty – the only fully transferable 100,000 mile in America. Coverage extends to the engine, transmission and transfer case, and front- and rear-wheel-drive systems beyond the 36,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty.

All Suzuki warranties are designed to boost customer satisfaction and trade-in value while
underscoring Suzuki's confidence in its quality and long term durability.

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