Suzuki Kizashi (キザシ) is a mid-size car, unveiled at U.S. 30 July 2009. The Kizashi is on sale in Japan October 21, 2009, in North America on December 1, 2009, Australia and New Zealand May 11, 2010. The Kizashi is the first mid-size car that Suzuki has sold in the Australian market. Japanese Kizashi means 'women', 'sign' or 'warning' may move to other automakers that the Kizashi is an example of Suzuki's upcoming products in the future. Kizashi sedan aims to be the flagship of Suzuki and now exceeds Japanese government regulations regarding the outside dimensions and engine size for vehicles classified as 'compact'.
Standard equipment includes front-wheel drive and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that develops 185 hp (138 kW) and 170 lb.-ft. (230 Nm) of torque. Available transmissions are a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT. CVT version reduces power to 180 hp (134 kW) and has a 100 km / h (62 mph) time of approximately 8 seconds. The Kizashi has alloy wheels 17 and 18 inches, Akebono Brake origin, a selection of areas of cloth or leather seats and a 425-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with iPod and Bluetooth connection. Four wheel drive (based on i-AWD system like the Suzuki SX-4) is optional and includes a pilot in the active-TA to save fuel.
The engine range is expected to include two petrol engines of 2.4 liters with a displacement of 3.6 liters, respectively, and a motor drive 2.0-liter turbodiesel for the European markets. TA should be the norm though AWD is an option available for some models and a paddle shift six-speed automatic. In December 2010, the Kizashi 2 awards won in New Zealand car: Supreme winner of the AA Motoring Excellence Awards 2010 and the New Zealand Herald Car of the Year award.The car was praised for its incredible attention to detail, refinement and comfort.