Suzuki introducing two new models in revamped lineup

Suzuki introducing two new models in revamped lineup

Suzuki is set to revamp its lineup following its decision to drop GM Daewoo as its partner and forge a new partnership with Nissan. Two models from its current lineup that bear GM-Daewoo DNA, the Suzuki Forenza and the Suzuki Reno, will be dropped from Suzuki's range, and replaced with two new models in different segments.

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.

Suzuki Kizashi 3 Concept