No, itâ€™s not the name of a Japanese AV idol.
The Suzuki Kizashi is a bold new contender in the luxury car arena, looking to mix it up with the Camrys, the Hyundai Sonatas and the Accords lording over Philippine roads. It is the first model in Suzukiâ€™s lineup to enter the illustrious compact executive segment.
Does this Suzuki offering have what it takes to cruise side-by-side with more established premium models and carve its own place? Time will tell, but the carâ€™s upscale features and sophisticated good looks, combined with a 1.28 million-peso price tag make it worthy of your consideration. Now, how about a proper introduction? Here are some key details about Suzukiâ€™s new flagship model.
1) It promises an exhilarating driving experience
The Kizashi is powered by a 2.4-liter engine paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with 6-speed manual mode. The engine was developed to be highly quiet and economical, producing 180 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 230 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
2) Itâ€™s not your dadâ€™s luxury sedan
Not that our dads have luxury sedans. The Kizashi is a sedan but by no means does it look sedated. It packs a sporty character: The huge grilleâ€™s mesh design, the 17-inch alloy wheels, the brush-stroke-style â€śKizashiâ€ť emblem and the piano-black finish of the carâ€™s B-pillar all make for a car that doesnâ€™t shy away from attention. The dual-muffler configuration along with exhaust covers that are inspired byÂ Suzukiâ€™s top-flight sport bikes give the car a sense of dynamism.
3) It takes cues from the best of them
From the front, the Kizashi is undeniably a Suzuki. But itâ€™s evident that it does take cues from other Japanese and even European carmakers. Witness: the two-tone, multi-tiered dashboard with silver accents, and the central console. The interior is plush, making use of sporty fabric seats, an adjustable steering wheel, and soft ambient lighting.
4) Safety measures
The Kizashi treats its passengers like babies, equipped with ABS, a 6-airbag system, 3-point seatbelts for all five passengers, an Electronic Stability Program which prevents skids, a cabin designed to absorb and disperse impact forces, and an anti-theft alarm system.
5) A grown-up Suzuki
Know what else? The Kizashi has keyless locking, unlocking, and starting! A first for Suzuki cars!
The Suzuki Kizashi is now available at Suzuki dealerships nationwide with an introductory price of 1,288,000 pesos. Visit www.suzuki.com.ph for more info.
WORDS BY GELO GONZALES