Suzuki introducing two new models in revamped lineup
The first of these will be a new, sporty, mid-size sedan that will be inspired by the handsome Kizashi 3 concept (pictured). The mid-sized sedan will debut in late 2009 as a 2010 model and Suzuki has stated that it will be better equipped than its major rivals from Japan, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.
Additionally, a Suzuki pickup will be sold, which will be based on the Nissan-built Frontier. Called the Suzuki Equator, the pickup is also expected for a 2009 debut and will come with a choice of four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines, as well as extended and crew-cab variants.
The popular Suzuki Swift will be returning to North America for 2010 as a 2011 model year hatchback, with the possibility of a hybrid Swift sedan becoming available one or two years after that, and the Grand Vitara compact SUV, due for a redesign in 2011, will get two new powerplants that are more economical than their predecessors, according to Automotive News.
The Japanese company will also be adding a navigation system as standard in its SX4 compact car, in a bid to attract young customers and surprise them with the range of standard features. While many of the brand's compacts are remaining, there are conflicting rumors abounding that the XL-7 SUV will be either redesigned for 2011 or dropped altogether from the lineup.