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26th March, 2008

Suzuki Kizashi 3 Concept Car

Suzuki was the undoubted star of the New York Motor Show last week with the unveiling of the latest edition of its exciting Kizashi concept cars, the Kizashi 3 mid-size 4-door sedan.

A production version of this exciting concept car is due to arrive on Australian shores late next year. The Suzuki Kizashi 3 concept car reveals the sports sedan version of a vehicle line-up that will also include a cross-over sports wagon.

“The unveiling of Kizashi 3 is an important day in the continuing rise of Suzuki in this country,” said Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers.

“We are one of the fastest growing brands in Australia despite competing in less than 50 per cent of the market and the addition of a superb vehicle like Kizashi will help confirm Suzuki’s status as a significant force in the country."

“With more than 2.3 million sales last year, Suzuki is truly a global brand and the imminent arrival of Kizashi represents a landmark in our mission to consolidate Suzuki as a major player in Australia.”

Suzuki Kizashi 3 Concept Car

The Kizashi 3 concept follows in the footsteps of the Kizashi concept unveiled at Frankfurt in 2007 and the Kizashi 2 cross-over sports wagon shown at Tokyo last year.

The closest to production variation of the Concept Kizashi series, Kizashi 3 embodies Suzuki’s interpretation of the sport sedan segment.

The ‘super sport’ identity – a core component of the Suzuki brand DNA – is complemented by the vehicle’s overall mission to provide powerful, refined urban performance.

The front end of Kizashi 3 clearly demonstrates the strength and style of the first ever Suzuki mid-size car, with sharply fashioned headlamps emphasising the sensation of forward motion.

Kizashi 3 is powered by an advanced 3.6-litre V6 with plated cylinders – a weight and friction saving technology evolved from Suzuki’s WRC and MotoGP development teams.

Suzuki Kizashi 3 Concept Car

Producing 221 kW of power, Kizashi 3 drives all four wheels via a silky smooth six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

“The Kizashi 3 concept is no mere exercise in style; this car reveals the direction we will take with our production car."

“This represents the next stage of our evolution and growth, both in Australia and around the world."

“As Suzuki prepares to celebrate 100 years in 2009, Kizashi 3 has shown there’s never been a more exciting moment in our history,” said Devers.

Concept Kizashi 3 Specifications

Powertrain layout: Front engine, four-wheel drive with Advanced i-AWD system
Seating capacity(persons): Five
Tyres: 255/30ZR21 9.5J
Wheels: 21-inch, nine-spoke, aluminium
Engine: 3,564 cm3 V6, DOHC, 24-valve
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (with paddle shifters)
Maximum power: 300 hp
Overall length: 4,650 mm/183.1 in.
Overall width: 1,900 mm/74.8 in.
Overall height: 1,450 mm/57.1 in.
Wheelbase: 2,800 mm/110.2 in.
Minimum ground clearance: 120 mm
Body colour: Kizashi Silver

About the Concept Kizashi series

Evoking the physical superiority and dignity of a world-class athlete, the Concept Kizashi series was developed to provide a substantial presence that redefines the traditional performance vehicle and moves the Suzuki brand upscale. The overall design theme suggests physical strength from intense daily training, with the strong will, commitment and presence of a champion.

Each of the Concept Kizashi vehicles strikes a balance between driver comfort and sportiness, with roomy cabins melded to lean, dynamic exteriors. The bonnet and body style of all three Concept Kizashis hint at abundant engine power and wind-splitting aerodynamics, while the long wheelbase, aggressive wheel/tyre combinations and abbreviated overhangs communicate a performance-oriented, energetic image. A powerful-looking body profile is incorporated throughout the series to convey underlying strength, with large wheels and a wide tread expressing a capacity for superior performance. Beyond its exterior architecture, the Concept Kizashi series constitutes a four-wheeled continuation of Suzuki's exciting, performance-oriented motorcycle heritage, represented best by its dynamic, world-renowned line of GSX-R sportbikes. Those bikes, some two decades after their introduction, continue to dominate the sportbike segment and have achieved iconic status.

Suzuki Kizashi Concept Car

Concept Kizashi

Concept Kizashi made its world debut at the 2007 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, demonstrating Suzuki's progress toward the development of a vehicle that combines sportiness, style and substance. As the first concept in the Kizashi series, the vehicle's dynamic exterior was specifically developed to push the envelope and establish the overall design theme of the series. Reflecting the spirit of a highway athlete, the exaggerated dimensions of Concept Kizashi and its strong fascia communicate a dignified character and the overall presence of a dynamic flagship vehicle.

Read more about the Suzuki Kizashi concept car here.

Suzuki Kizashi 2 Concept Car

Concept Kizashi 2

Debuted at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, the Concept Kizashi 2 crossover sport wagon aims at drivers with dynamic lifestyles and can accommodate a wide range of activities. Continuing the series' athletic theme, Concept Kizashi 2 reflects the body of a triathlete, with the five-door vehicle's all-road capability enhanced by its raised height and all-wheel-drive configuration. In addition to the sport crossover's versatility, its 3.6 litre V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission promise a rewarding and engaging driving experience for daily drivers and enthusiasts alike.

Concept Kizashi 3

As indicated above, the Suzuki Kizashi 3 concept made its world debut at the 2008 New York Motor Show in USA, earlier this month.

The planned production model will be built at Suzuki's brand-new Sagara plant in Japan, which is currently under construction.

The word 'Kizashi' means 'prelude' in Japanese.

Other Suzuki content: here.

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