2013 Suzuki Kizashi
Kizashi is probably the most fabulous sedan Suzuki has ever made, but the car has never been terribly successful in America.
Suzuki is hoping that 2013 would be different and the Kiza finally gets what it deserves. The new range includes an entry-level, midlevel ‘SE’, Sport GTS and upscale Sport SLS. They all come with revised packaging for enhanced value, along with an available new embedded navigation and infotainment system. The voice-activated system incorporates Bluetooth streaming audio, USB ports for a variety of portable music players, and the convenience of a rear vision camera.
2013 Kizashi continues to offer consumers a choice of front-wheel drive or Suzuki’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (i-AWD). There aren’t that many family sedan that offer AWD in America, especially in this class and price bracket. So it’s a huge plus for the Kizashi.
Complete details of the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi in the press release below:
At its debut Suzuki’s Kizashi redefined the traditional performance sedan, moving the Suzuki brand upscale without abandoning Suzuki’s traditional emphasis on content and value. With its wide track the Kizashi enjoys an athletic stance, while its organic sheet metal literally slips through the air. And for the benefit of an urban-centric audience, the Kizashi’s generous greenhouse, precise platform and composed ride supply a safe and secure environment for any cross-town or cross-country journey.
In the tradition of great sport sedans, the interior of the Suzuki Kizashi optimizes driver placement. That positioning begins with a seating position neither too high nor too low, driver-centric instrumentation and standard sport buckets for both lateral support and long-term comfort. The end result of intelligent design and upscale appointment is a cockpit, as described by MSN Autos, “richer than the class norm and worthy of an entry-level luxury car.”
If your lifestyle includes activities beyond driving, the Kizashi’s flexible interior (including a 60/40 split-folding rear seat with center pass-through) provides stowage for sports gear up to and including a mountain or road bike. And the Kizashi’s available touchscreen voice-activated navigation system allows getting out of town and to your destination easy
Balanced Approach to an Out-of-Balance World
The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi retains its MacPherson strut suspension up front and a multi-link, fully independent suspension in back. In combination with a rigid body structure featuring extensive use of ultra-high-strength steel, accurate steering and available all-wheel drive, Kizashis are equipped for comfortable and composed handling on any surface, and in any part of these United States. More than its mechanical menu, however, is the way its componentry has been woven into a cohesive architecture, where the needs and wants of driver and passengers work in harmony with the roadway, traffic and weather.
As most manufacturers of midsize sedans now eschew the V6 engine, Suzuki was among the first to embrace the optimal balance provided by a well-engineered four-cylinder powertrain. The Kizashi’s 2.4 liter DOHC four, when connected to its 6-speed manual transmission, delivers 185 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque (@ 4,000 rpm). Opt for the available CVT (standard on Kizashis with all-wheel drive) and the identical four-cylinder delivers 180 horsepower.
Beyond the platform’s comfort and composure is the security provided by the Kizashi’s Intelligent Vehicle Stability Program (i-VSP)4 on those Kizashis equipped with all-wheel drive.
The 2013 Kizashi’s active safety features include an Electronic Stability Program®5 (ESP) and four-wheel disc brakes with standard ABS and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). The Kizashi’s passive safety features include a reinforced body structure – creating a compartmentalized passenger cell – combined with front and rear crumple zones designed to help absorb the energy of an impact. Eight airbags standard, including dual front advanced airbags, and work in combination with quad side-impact airbags, front and rear; side curtain airbags, front and rear; Vehicle Security System with engine immobilizer; and rear child-seat tether anchors and rear child-seat ISOFIX anchors.
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