2010 Suzuki Kizashi
2010 Suzuki Kizashi. Click image to enlarge

Brea, California – American Suzuki Motor Corporation has held the global debut of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi, the company’s first entry into the all-wheel drive sport sedan segment, which will arrive in North American showrooms this winter.

Pronounced Kee-Zah-Shee, the model will serve as the company’s flagship vehicle.

“In developing and naming our newest automotive introduction, the Japanese word Kizashi, which tells that something great is coming, seemed appropriate for the vehicle,” said Kevin Saito, president of American Suzuki. “Now that the production model Kizashi has arrived, we expect the name and the product itself to clearly demonstrate the bold statement this company knew it would be making with the debut of this vehicle, while also simultaneously suggesting that will emerge in the Suzuki lineup as we look ahead to the future.”

Built at Suzuki’s new manufacturing facility in Sagara, Japan, the Kizashi uses a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission or optional CVT. Suzuki is also developing a hybrid version that will be added to the lineup in the future.

Other features include standard eight airbags and electronic stability control, available 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth or leather sport seats, tire pressure monitoring system, keyless start, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, and Rockford Fosgate stereo.

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