Suzuki Malaysia Automobile (SMA) has launched the D-segment sedan Kizashi to Malaysia market. The model has been rumoured to be launched since last year, but it takes a whole quarter of 2012 to finally debuted here. Unlike many cars with many permutation of drivetrain to select from, the Kizashi is available only with 2.4L gasoline engine .So this is the enginethat we got here. However, some markets are offered with AWD option, and 6 speed manual box, but Malaysia-bound Kizashi will all be FWD and drive a CVT. To create the differentiation between models, and to spruce up the entry pricing, SMA has offered Kizashi in 2 trims, aptly named SDLX and Sport.
Kizashi SDLX is priced at RM147,888 and generously equipped with six airbags, traction control, ESP, factory fitted leather seats, electrical seat adjustment, auto cruise, keyless entry, starter button, whole plethora of ABS, EBD, BA and Hill Assist, front & rear parking sensor, auto folding side mirror, auto dimming rear view mirror, auto levelling HID headlamps with washer and 17" alloy wheels shod by 215/55 R17 tyres.
The Sport version is pitched at RM153,188 and comes with larger 18" alloy wrapped by 235/45 R18 tyres, 10mm lower ride height courtesy of sports suspension, sportier front bumper design encompassing meshed pattern lower radiator intake, fog lamp surround and chrome lining. The package also include more pronounced sills with door garnish and rear duck tail spoiler completes the exterior enhancement. On the inside, Sport version is garnished with silver stitching on leathered trim parts. More after the jump.
In terms of size, Suzuki Kizashi is comparable with Mazda6 instead of Honda Accord/Toyota Camry/Nissan Teana league. The car is significantly smaller at 4,650mm long. Width is 1,820mm while height is 1,470mm. Wheelbase is 2,700mm. The package is sufficient to give spacious air to all 5 occupants, while the boot is accommodating at 461L.
Suzuki Kizashi is suspended by McPherson strut suspension at the front, while the rear dynamics is taken care by multi-link type. Braking force is assured by all-disc setup, ventilated at the front. Singapore media has concluded that Kizashi offers a comfortable cruise with well cushioned ride. Cabin insulation is said to be decent. The CVT is said to be great too in terms of feeling, which devoid of the stretchy rubber band feeling like many other CVT in the market. The steering is nicely weighted and offered a good feel.
All Malaysian (and world) bound Kizashi is powered by a 2.4L lump lifted off the Vitara softroader. In this application, the 2,393cc lump delivers 176bhp@6500rpm and 230Nm@4000rpm. The output is sufficient to drive the 1,490kg (1530kg for Sport) sedan to 100km/h in 8.8 sec while the top speed is decent at 205km/h.
Suzuki Kizashi is a CBU from Japan, and hence at RM147,888 it offers a very good value proposition, especially judging by the list of standard equipment fitted. For comparison, the kosong edition of Honda Accord is priced at RM142,815 , while the better-spesified VTi-L 2.0L version is priced at RM149,815 where both are Melaka-assembled. So Kizashi strikes in between the two variants. Admittedly, Honda Accord is much larger in size,and this does translates in greater spaciousness, including the boot space at is almost 100L bigger. And judging by how Malaysian journalist favour Accord's handling, the flabby barge from Honda is no slouch around the bend!
More photos of Suzuki Kizashi can be found below:
Interior of Suzuki Kizashi.
Exterior Detailing of Suzuki Kizashi