New Zealanders will get a sneak preview of the long-awaited Suzuki Kizashi saloon car at the ITM V8 Supercars street race meeting in Hamilton on 17-18 April
The all-new medium size Suzuki sedan is scheduled to go on sale here in May.
A black, pre production Kizashi - the first to arrive in New Zealand - is being used as a pace car for the three Suzuki Swift Sport races to be run over the Hamilton city street circuit.
Kizashi, which means “something good is coming”, has already been launched in Japan and the United States.
“We are delighted to be able to preview this new landmark car for Suzuki to such a big audience at a major sporting occasion,” said Tom Peck, General Manager of Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand.
Built at Suzuki’s new factory at Sagara in Japan, the Kizashi is the largest-ever passenger car from the Suzuki Motor Corporation, and the brand’s first medium size competitor in New Zealand.
The five-seater, three-box sedan is a rival to models like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord Euro and Mazda6, and has been labelled a driver’s car in North America.
“This is a halo vehicle for the maturing Suzuki line-up and will bring new types of customers into Suzuki dealerships,” said Peck. “The car will broaden the appeal of the brand while also providing a step-up for existing Suzuki owners seeking a larger vehicle.”
The Kizashi is powered by a 2.4-litre, double overhead camshaft, in-line four-cylinder engine and uses a continuously variable (CVT) automatic transmission. It will be well specified for the New Zealand market.
A petrol/electric hybrid version is under development and due for launching in the US next year, while a diesel variant may be introduced later.
Read more about the Suzuki Kazashi here.