American Suzuki Electric motor Firm declared insolvency in 2012, and also brand-new Suzuki-badged autos quit being marketed right here the list below year (on the other hand, Suzuki took place to produce among the biggest-selling cars in its home market). While a lot of the United States-market Suzukis of the previous years had been Daewoos beneath the emblems, the Kizashi car was created and also made completely by Suzuki. There were high hopes– in the beginning– that it would certainly restore the brand name’s American lot of money. Right here’s a first-model-year instance, discovered in a San Francsico Bay Location self-service backyard a couple of months back.
Words Kizashi suggests “something wonderful is coming” in Japanese, however the Great Economic downturn and also the reducing appeal of non-truck-shaped brand-new automobiles in the USA maintained sales of these autos reduced (also as Monster Tajima broke the ten-minute barrier in a Suzuki at Pikes Peak). You can get a brand-new Kizashi right here up until American Suzuki folded its camping tent and also left in 2013, leaving simply two-wheeled Suzukis offered right here for freeway usage.
Since the Kizashi gave a whole lot of worth for the cost,
That was unfavorable. This Kizashi SE had an MSRP beginning at $21,499(regarding $27,085 in 2021 bucks), and also it had a positive inside and also a bunch of unexpected standard features.
You obtained keyless ignition, power seats with memory, 17″ alloy wheels and also a rather suitable seven-speaker stereo with USB and also Bluetooth inputs (both of which were still unusual in lower-priced autos at the time). If you updated to the GTS or SLS trim degrees ($22,499 and also $24,399, specifically), you obtained rewards consisting of a clunk 10- audio speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo, a power sunroof and also 18- inch wheels.
Yet unless you were marketing Hayabusas or KingQuads, 2010 had not been a blast to have a Suzuki check in front of your American display room. The days of Geo- and also Chevrolet-badged Suzukis strolling every American roadway finished with the Metro and also Tracker; by the end, just the Kizashi, SX4 and also Grand Vitara continued to be right here.
It shows up that a Ford dealership in Pennsylvania marketed this automobile at some time before its movement west.
The 2.4-liter four-cylinder made 185 horse power, much better than its four-cylinder Mazda6 and also Altima competitors. Smaller-displacement variations of the J24B engine entered into the Aerio, Esteem, Partner, Tracker, and also Vitara; the Grand Vitara obtained the 2.4.
A six-speed handbook transmission was offered in the Kizashi’s various other trim degrees, however SE customers needed to take the CVT.
Those Suzuki suppliers– at the very least, the ones in Siberia or probably Nunavut– were taking anything as a Kizashi trade-in for2012 Yes, there was an all-wheel-drive alternative offered.
In a much warmer market, Maruti Suzuki used the Kizashi for a couple of years.