The Sport model features a host of external and internal modifications that include a muscular front fascia (with chrome accents) and lower grille; body side sill extensions; lower body side mouldings with chrome accents; custom lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels and a unique sport steering wheel with contrasting stitching for its leather seats, gear shift surround and parking brake boot.
Kizashi is Suzuki's first mid size saloon car and comfortably accommodates up to five people and their luggage needs. Exterior dimensions are length-width-height of 4,650mm x 1,820mm x 1,470mm making it one of the most compact 'D' segment saloon cars. The spacious interior offers plenty of leg and shoulder room, even for rear seat passengers. Space is not the only factor in ensuring plenty of on-board comfort: the shape and position of the seats are designed to support a natural posture, a key factor in comfortable long-distance travel. Additionally, ideal seat heights and large door apertures make access easy for all on board.
Kizashi Sport is highly equipped as standard including seven airbags; four electric windows, MP3/WMA compatible CD tuner with eight speakers, Dual Zone automatic air conditioning, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start and folding heated door mirrors. The sole option for Kizashi will be a touch screen satellite navigation system, available as a dealer fit.
In combined cycle driving, it has a combined fuel consumption of 34.0 mpg with CO2 emissions of 191g/km. For the UK market, the 178 hp four cylinder engine is connected to a performance-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The transmission is fitted with an additional shift lever gate as well as switches behind the steering wheel. This helps fully optimise driver control as the system can be operated manually through the available programme of six speeds.
Kizashi for the UK market is fitted as standard with Suzuki's latest intelligent all-wheel-drive system (i-AWD) which is quite a rare option in the 'D' segment. When driving in dry and normal conditions, the i-AWD system can also be operated in two wheel drive mode where drive is predominantly to the front wheels with minimum torque transmitted to the rear wheels; this is simply operated via a switch on the dashboard and can be altered when the car is in motion.
In four wheel drive (i-AWD) mode the system sends power to the rear wheels immediately upon acceleration, with torque split - up to 50:50 front/rear - remaining dependent on several factors including wheel slippage and throttle and steering input. When in i-AWD mode, the control system monitors the vehicle operating conditions via sensors and, based on these sensed conditions will control the system power coupling device so that optimum torque is delivered to the rear wheels. This function improves driving performance on rough roads and stabilises performance in slippery conditions including snow covered ascents.
Power for the Kizashi comes from a 2.4-litre DOHC in-line four cylinder engine, designated J24B. Based on the engine that made its debut in 2008 in the award winning Grand Vitara, the engine has been updated with increased power for Kizashi with modifications to inlet valve lift and also improvements to the shaping of the exhaust port. Those improvements have helped attain performance of 178PS at 6,000 rpm with 230 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.