Suzuki Kizashi Concept
Suzuki continues to plan its reentry into the mid-size (or bigger) car segment with a second concept in as many months. The concept Kizashi 2 debuted at the Tokyo auto show in October, on the heels of the first Kizashi that bowed in September at the Frankfurt auto show.
To order your new Suzuki Kizashi Concept rival with a brand new Suzuki 3.6-liter V-6 for only US$18,000.
And a third variant will be shown at the New York auto show in the spring of 2008, says Mark Harano, president of American Suzuki Motor Corporation.
The first car was a two-door, low-slung wagon, while the Kizashi 2 is a four-door version that Suzuki describes as a "crossover sports wagon." It continues to have the musculature and long body of a Dodge Magnum, but more coupelike with a lower roofline and smaller grille. The 22-inch wheels are just for show.
Power comes from a 3.6-liter V-6 (part of the GM engine family, but assembled at a Suzuki engine plant in Sagara, Japan).
The same engine is under the hood of the Suzuki XL7, the automaker's largest vehicle. But although the XL7 has a five-speed automatic transmission, the Kizashi 2 tops that with a six-speed.