New York Auto Show: 2011 Suzuki Kizashi Adds Sport

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Ahead of its New York Auto Show conference, Suzuki has revealed details—as well as an extensive gallery of images—of a new, performance-oriented package for its Kizashi sedan.

The 2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport will look a bit different than the standard Kizashi models, most notably as it rides slightly lower—thanks to a slightly different suspension calibration. Lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels are unique to the Kizashi Sport, and the package is completed with a number of cosmetic improvements like a chrome-accented front fascia with a more aggressive design extending through the lower grille, side-sill extensions, and chrome-accented body-side molding. It’s a subtle difference compared to standard Kizashi models, which we already think is a very good-looking car, but the effect, at least in photos, is a step in the right direction.

Inside, the Kizashi Sport has a slightly different steering wheel, trimmed in perforated leather, and with the black-leather interior there’s contrast stitching for the leather seats, shifter boot, and emergency-brake boot.

Contrary to the buzz leading up to the NY show—anticipating a much higher-output V-6 in a Kizashi Sport, as Suzuki had teased back at launch (a hybrid is also in the works)—the same engine carries over from the rest of the Kizashi line. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 185 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, and in several drives we’ve found it to be capable of moving the Suzuki Kizashi with plenty of gusto—especially with the standard six-speed manual transmission (a CVT and all-wheel drive are also available).

Suzuki hasn’t yet revealed pricing for the 2011 Kizashi Sport, but the relatively inexpensive package can be added on to either the Kizashi GTS or SLS trims. The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS starts at $22,234, including destination, and includes a sunroof, upgraded seats, Rockford Fosgate audio system, and Bluetooth; the SLS starts at $25,134 and steps up to heated leather seats and rain-sensing wipers, among many additional standard features.

 
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