2013 Suzuki Kizashi: Midsize Capacity/Full-Size Enjoyment
- Euro-inspired platform supplies handling balance, precision
- Available AWD enhances traction in any season, on any road
- Kizashi Sport provides distinctive appointments, manual transmission
BREA, Calif., Sept. 7, 2012
BREA, Calif., Sept. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --As the largest automotive consumer
segment, manufacturers of midsize sedans have historically gone to great
lengths to match consumer needs with an appropriate feature and benefit. None,
however, have traveled the path taken by Suzuki and its Kizashi sport sedan,
where European chassis dynamics have been joined by Japanese engineering,
Japanese assembly and an affordable price point. The end result, available as
an entry-level, midlevel 'SE', Sport GTS and upscale Sport SLS, has been
'wowing' both automotive media and automotive enthusiasts since its 2010
In 2013 Suzuki's Kizashi enjoys revised packaging for enhanced value, along
with an available new embedded navigation and infotainment system. The
voice-activated system incorporates Bluetooth streaming audio^1, USB ports for
a variety of portable music players, and the convenience of a rear vision
Functionally, the 2013 Kizashi continues to offer consumers a choice of
front-wheel drive or Suzuki's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (i-AWD). Based on
road conditions and steering wheel input, Kizashi's i-AWD system senses the
turn and optimizes the torque distribution to the rear wheels for smooth,
controlled cornering. It provides, in the words of online authority
Edmunds.com, "an engaging driving experience highlighted by a well-balanced
chassis and an abundance of grip…"
As with all 2013 Suzuki automobiles and light trucks, the Kizashi and Kizashi
Sport are backed by America's #1 Warranty^3: a 100,000 mile/seven-year, fully
transferable, zero-deductible limited warranty.
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
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
Roll Your Own
Every Suzuki Kizashi provides an upscale combination of credible design and
flawless execution. Suzuki clients can easily equip their Kizashis to their
specific needs, wants and desires. All Kizashis come with a comprehensive
level of standard equipment which includes dual-zone automatic climate control
with pollen filter and rear-seat vents, tilt and telescopic steering wheel
adjustment, and 60/40 split-folding locking rear seats with rear
Opt for the Front-Wheel Drive SE trim and the performance-tuned CVT becomes
standard. Inside, SE drivers enjoy a 10-way power driver's seat adjustment
with 3-position memory, cruise control and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Outside, 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/55-R17 all-season tires add both
visual grace and dynamic precision to the Kizashi platform.
As its descriptive would suggest, the Kizashi Sport GTS ups the performance
ante with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the Kizashis equipped with
the CVT, while all GTS Kizashis benefit from sport suspension, 18-inch light
alloy wheels and sport body package (including front sport fascia, body side
extensions and rear spoiler). The front-wheel drive GTS is now equipped with a
leather-appointed interior; heated seats and power passenger seat; a Rockford
Fosgate^®6 425-watt audio system with subwoofer; and power glass sunroof with
tilt and one-touch control. This upgraded edition is the GTS-L. The all-wheel
drive Sport GTS and Sport SLS models are now equipped with standard voice
activated navigation system, while the Sport SLS AWD enjoys additional
features including, leather-appointed interior with dual heated and power
seats, automatic headlamp control and rain sensing wipers, rear sonar parking
assist, HomeLink^®7 wireless control with automatic day/night rear-view
Technical Specifications – 2013 Suzuki Kizashi
Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
Overall Length: 183.1 inches
Overall Width: 71.7 inches
Engine: 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine
Horsepower: 185hp @ 6,500 rpm (MT); 180 hp @ 6,000 rpm (CVT)
Torque: 170 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission, Manual: 6-speed manual transmission
Transmission, Automatic: Continuously Variable
Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel ABS and Electronic Brake Force
^1Requires compatible smartphone app and active data service. Drivers and/or
passengers could be subject to data service overage charges should the drivers
and/or passengers exceed the limits of the data service plan.
^2Rear vision camera is a convenience feature and is not a substitute for
looking to the rear and using rear-view mirrors. Drivers should ensure the
area is clear when driving in reverse.
^3See suzukiauto.com or your local Dealer for more information on warranty
highlights or the New Vehicle Warranty Information booklet for full warranty
^4Intelligent Vehicle Stability Program (i-VSP), which should remain on when
driving except when freeing the vehicle from mud or snow, cannot be relied
upon to prevent accidents, due to abrupt steering, carelessness or dangerous
driving techniques. Always drive safely.
^5Electronic Stability Program^® (ESP) is a registered trademark of Daimler
AG, which should remain on when driving except when freeing the vehicle from
the mud or snow, cannot be relied upon to prevent accidents due to abrupt
steering, carelessness or dangerous driving techniques.
^6Rockford Fosgate^® is a registered trademark of Rockford Corporation.
^7HomeLink^® is a registered trademark of Johnson Controls, Inc.
The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor
Corporation was founded in 1963 byparent company Suzuki Motor Corporation
(SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a
network of automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and
marine distributors. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan,SMC is a
diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer.
Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 201 countries
and regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzukiauto.com.
SOURCE American Suzuki Motor Corporation
Contact: Melissa Fujimoto, American Suzuki +1-714-996-7040 ext. 2295,
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