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Suzuki Kizashi D Segment UK Edition 2012

Suzuki introduced the Suzuki Kizashi Sport D Segment with switchable 2/4WD configuration as standard equipment. The Kizashi Sport model features a host of external and internal modifications that include a muscular front fascia (with chrome accents) and lower grille; body side sill extensions; lower body side mouldings with chrome accents; custom lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels and a unique sport steering wheel with contrasting stitching for its leather seats, gear shift surround and parking brake boot.


  • Kizashi – Suzuki’s ‘D’ Segment car – UK introduction in January 2012 – Priced at £21,995.
  • Fitted as standard with switchable 2/4WD with CVT / 6 speed manual mode operated via steering wheel switches or gear shift lever.
  • Available with Sport aerodynamic package as standard equipment.
  • Overall length of 4,650mm - one of the most compact ‘D’ segment cars.
  • 2.4-litre four cylinder petrol engine with output of 178PS at 6,000rpm.
  • ESP and Seven airbags fitted as standard including Drivers Knee airbag.
  • High standard specification including leather upholstery, electric front seats with drivers seat three position memory function, heated front seats, electric glass sunroof, cruise control, eight speaker Radio / CD system with Bluetooth and USB port.
  • Combined fuel consumption of 34.0 mpg; CO2 emissions of 191g/km.
  • Total Global sales to date of 23,000 units.
  • Initial UK introduction volume of 500 cars for 2012.

Suzuki GB is pleased to announce the UK introduction of the Kizashi Sport ‘D’ segment car with switchable 2/4WD as standard equipment. Kizashi – which in Japanese means ‘A sign of great things to come’ - represents an exciting new direction for the company and has been developed as the flagship model in the Global Suzuki passenger car line-up.

The Kizashi redefines the traditional performance saloon and moves the Suzuki brand upscale without abandoning Suzuki’s traditional emphasis on content and value. Furthermore, its active and energetic identity, a core component of the Suzuki brand DNA, is augmented by the vehicle’s overall mission to provide strong yet refined performance.

The Sport model features a host of external and internal modifications that include a muscular front fascia (with chrome accents) and lower grille; body side sill extensions; lower body side mouldings with chrome accents; custom lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels and a unique sport steering wheel with contrasting stitching for its leather seats, gear shift surround and parking brake boot.

Kizashi is Suzuki’s first mid size saloon car and comfortably accommodates up to five people and their luggage needs, while retaining a sleek and stylish look. Exterior dimensions are length-width-height of 4,650mm x 1,820mm x 1,470mm making it one of the most compact ‘D’ segment saloon cars.
The spacious interior offers plenty of leg and shoulder room, even for rear seat passengers. Space is not the only factor in ensuring plenty of on-board comfort: the shape and position of the seats are designed to support a natural posture, a key factor in comfortable long-distance travel. Additionally, ideal seat heights and large door apertures make access easy for all on board.

For added practicality, the Kizashi features a through loading system to allow for longer items to be loaded from the boot. The rear seats divide 60:40 to accommodate seating for one or two rear passengers or none, making full use of the extra boot space available. A ‘ski bag’ style load through facility is also installed for carrying longer items.

Kizashi Sport is highly equipped as standard including seven airbags; four electric windows, MP3/WMA compatible CD tuner with eight speakers, Dual Zone automatic air conditioning, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start and folding heated door mirrors. The sole option for Kizashi will be a touch screen satellite navigation system, available as a dealer fit.

In combined cycle driving, it has a combined fuel consumption of 34.0 mpg with CO2 emissions of 191g/km.

For the UK market, the responsive 178hp four cylinder engine is connected to a performance-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that delivers the driving experience consumers demand. The transmission is fitted with an additional shift lever gate as well as switches behind the steering wheel. This helps fully optimise driver control as the system can be operated manually through the available programme of six speeds.

An exceptionally rigid steel body with a reinforced front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension constructed from aluminium allows for crisp, nimble handling with excellent stability, a sophisticated ride and reduced chassis vibration. Kizashi’s sophisticated braking system offers standard four-wheel disc brakes and includes suppliers such as Akebono, a world-leader in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and a leading brake supplier for Japan’s famed bullet trains.

Safety Features
The Kizashi incorporates a long list of standard safety equipment including seven airbags; Electronic Stability Programme; anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution; and to further enhance driver confidence, the Kizashi also offers a reinforced rigid chassis for added stability and control.

All Weather Capability
Kizashi for the UK market is fitted as standard with Suzuki’s latest intelligent all-wheel-drive system (i-AWD) which is quite a rare option in the ‘D’ segment as this performance feature is more often found among luxury cars. Engineered to provide outstanding traction in inclement weather, the sophisticated all wheel drive system delivers both enhanced traction in low friction situations as well as enhanced cornering capabilities.

When driving in dry and normal conditions, the i-AWD system can also be operated in two wheel drive mode where drive is predominantly to the front wheels with minimum torque transmitted to the rear wheels; this is simply operated via a switch on the dashboard and can be altered when the car is in motion.

In four wheel drive (i-AWD) mode the system sends power to the rear wheels immediately upon acceleration, with torque split – up to 50:50 front/rear - remaining dependent on several factors including wheel slippage and throttle and steering input.

When in i-AWD mode, the control system monitors the vehicle operating conditions via sensors and, based on these sensed conditions will control the system power coupling device so that optimum torque is delivered to the rear wheels. This function improves driving performance on rough roads and stabilises performance in slippery conditions including snow covered ascents.

Premium Feel
Suzuki has taken advantage of its expertise in the compact car segment to efficiently execute spacious interior proportions that afford comfort and practicality while minimising wasted space. Along with cabin proportions that reward Kizashi drivers and passengers with comfort and roominess, Suzuki provides a contemporary, upscale interior feel (including standard sport seats) in line with the vehicle’s on-road performance characteristics. Driving enthusiasts will appreciate Kizashi’s sporty, elegant and informative instrument panel, while consumers seeking a luxury saloon will be pleased with the vehicle’s leather seating and premium quality materials used. The Kizashi also offers extensive sound insulation to help suppress road, tyre and wind noise.

Stainless-steel exhaust covers reflect inspiration from Suzuki’s motorcycle designs. The boot lid is both slim and rigid thanks to an advanced joining technique known as laser brazing (a first among Suzuki cars) and the brush-stroke-style ‘Kizashi’ emblem combines spirit and Japanese tradition.

The interior design gives a contemporary, upscale feel. The ‘sporty and elegant’ theme is reflected in features that include a bold but elegant centre console, premium grade controls and seats, and extensive touches of tactile and visual refinement.

The main instrumentation takes the form of two cylindrically shaped meters with an information display between them, which logs instantaneous as well as average fuel consumption, range and average speed. It also incorporates a battery replacement warning for the remote key fob.

Although the Kizashi is a saloon car, it offers a level of utility that will more than satisfy people downsizing from larger saloons. Luggage-carrying convenience in the Kizashi begins with a boot that has a generous capacity of 461 litres and a 60:40-split-folding rear seatback with ski-bag facility.

Handily positioned spaces for smaller items include an illuminated glove box, a double-layer compartment under the centre-console armrest and an instrument-panel centre box ideal for an iPod®, housing the USB port and power socket.

Power for the Kizashi comes from a 2.4-litre DOHC in-line four cylinder engine, designated J24B. Based on the engine that made its debut in 2008 in the award winning Grand Vitara, the engine has been updated with increased power for Kizashi with modifications to inlet valve lift and also improvements to the shaping of the exhaust port.

Those improvements have helped attain excellent performance of 178PS at 6,000 rpm with 230 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm and fuel consumption of 34.0mpg on the combined cycle.

The engine also reflects a focus on suppressing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). These technologies include extensive use of insulating materials and seals in the underfloor, dash, pillars and wheel wells. Engine balance shafts, acoustically tuned manifold passages and dual high-capacity silencers in the exhaust system are also used.

Driving dynamics
An exceptionally rigid steel bodyshell forms the basis for the great handling and a smooth ride in the Kizashi. Keys to the body’s high rigidity include straight under floor members, comprehensively reinforced joints and reinforced pillars, engine and suspension mounts.

The front suspension is of McPherson strut type, featuring a cradle type suspension frame which contributes to a lower centre of vehicle gravity and improved vehicle dynamics. Suspension mounting to the body is of a floating type using a bush to improve comfort and quietness and a stabiliser joint is installed on the strut assembly to further improve vehicle stability.

The front steering knuckle is made of die-cast aluminum to reduce weight around the bottom of the spring and the rear suspension consists of a multi-link arrangement including an upper arm, lower arm, control rod and trailing arm.

The multi-link type contributes to a lower centre of vehicle gravity and lower floor panel position, improving vehicle dynamics and comfort. Superb braking performance is supplied by Akebono brakes, the company that provides the braking system for Japan’s famous Bullet train.

Service intervals for Kizashi are 9,000 miles, in line with all other Suzuki models. A three year / 60,000 miles warranty is offered together with a 12 year anti-perforation warranty. The insurance group rating is 26.



ENGINE 2.4–litre CVT 4WD
Engine type J24B
No of cylinders 4
No of valves 16
Bore x stroke (mm) 92.0 x 90.0
Cubic Capacity 2,393
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Max output - KW/PS @ rpm 131 / 178 @ 6,000
Max torque Nm / lb/ft 230 / 170 @4,000
Type CVT
Ratio variation 2.349 – 0.394
Final drive ratios F/R 5.798 / 2.866
Brakes – front Ventilated discs
Brakes – rear Solid discs
Suspension – front MacPherson struts
Suspension – rear Multi-link
Turning circle (m) 11.0
Fuel tank capacity (l) 63
Tyres 235/45 R18
Overall length (mm) 4,650
Overall width (mm) 1,820
Overall height (mm) 1,470
Wheelbase (mm) 2,700
Front track (mm) 1,565
Rear track (mm) 1,575
Ground clearance (mm) 135
Luggage capacity (l) Rear seats raised 461
Kerb weight (kg) 1,625
Gross vehicle weight (kg) 2,030
Maximum towing weight – unbraked (Kg) 720
Maximum towing weight – Braked (Kg) 1,700
Urban cycle mpg (l/100 km) 25.0 (11.3)
Extra urban mpg (l/100 km) 42.8 (6.6)
Combined mpg (l/100 km) 34.0 (8.3)
CO2 emissions (g/km) 191
Max. speed (mph) 127
Acceleration 0-62 mph (secs) 8.8



Electric power steering

Electric front seats (drivers seat 10 way adjustable with memory function)

Heated front seats with three temp settings

Electric windows – front and rear with driver and front passenger auto facility

Electric / Heated / Folding door mirrors

Keyless entry / push button start

Automatic air conditioning with pollen filter

Eight speaker (inc Subwoofer and centre dash speaker) Radio/CD player with MP3 / WMA function

Touch screen satellite navigation system


Continuously Variable Transmission with additional Paddle shift / gear shift manual operation

Audio controls on steering wheel

Tinted glass with rear privacy glass to rear doors and rear screen

Cruise control


Automatic Headlamps

Lights-on reminder

Driver’s seat belt warning lamp & alarm

Outside temperature display

Fuel consumption and range indicator


USB Port

Ticket holder (driver’s side)

Centre console with storage

Cup holders x 4

Door pockets with bottle holders

Front seat back pocket

60/40 split rear seat backwith Ski bag facility

Accessory socket x2


HID (High Intensity Discharge) Headlamps

Front fog lamps

18-inch Alloy wheels

Body coloured bumpers, door mirrors & handles

Body coloured styling kit with chrome finish for lower bumper & sills



Driver and front passenger airbags

Side and curtain airbags

Drivers Knee airbag

Front passenger airbag deactivation switch

ABS with EBD

3 point ELR seatbelts for all seats

Height adjustable front seatbelt anchorages

Front seatbelt pre-tensioners

Remote fuel lid opener

ISOFIX child seat restraint system

Immobiliser / Deadlocks and Alarm system

Side impact protection beams

Visible VIN

Suzuki Kizashi D Segment UK Edition 2012


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