Hiding under yards of heavy black vinyl, padding and netting, is the all-new mid-sized family sedan from Suzuki: the Kizashi!
Although the name may (or may not) change, we suspect the later, this is the production version of the concept that made its world debut at the New York Auto Show earlier this year.
Obviously toned down a bit from the sleek concept, the Kizashi will be built in Sagara, Japan, and will arrive at dealerships in Australia in early 2010.
Suzuki is pitting the Kizashi up against Toyota’s Camry and – in the U.S. – the hot selling Chevrolet Malibu, therefore it was no surprise to find a few of the Chevys out testing with the Kizashi prototypes.
Power-wise, we’re expecting the base model to be equipped with a ~120kW 2.3-litre 4-cylinder engine, and the top-of-the-line Kizashi will be powered by a 3.6-litre V6 (with around 220kW) mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
One Suzuki engineer recently told CarAdvice that the Kizashi will be available in higher specification as an All-Wheel-Drive, pitching it as a competitor to the Subaru Liberty.
Suzuki Australia will be bringing the Kizashi 3 concept (pictured) to the Sydney motor show later this year.
Will Suzuki break into the mid-sized market with the Kizashi?