2011 Kizashi Gets Safety Upgrade, Name Overhaul

Mike Stevens | Feb 9, 2011

The 2011 Suzuki Kizashi has come in for a small but significant safety upgrade, with the addition of a driver's knee airbag across the range. This brings the number of airbags to seven.

Thanks also to the presence of electronic stability control and seatbelt reminders, the update has seen the Kizashi gain a 5-Star ANCAP crash safety rating across the range.

The Kizashi will also carry new badging for 2011, the XL variant now branded simply as Kizashi, while the XLS will now wear a Kizashi Prestige badge.

The safety upgrade sees the Kizashi's entry price climb by $500, now starting at $28,490. The Kizashi Prestige and Kizashi Sport AWD prices remain unchanged, at $34,990 and $39,990 respectively. All prices exclude on-road costs.

Suzuki's first foray into the medium car segment, the Kizashi is powered by a 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 131kW and 230Nm of torque.

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  • WheresBear says,
    4 years ago
    Suzuki can hardly sell any as it is. Apparently its not a bad car at all - just that there are better alternatives available. Not sure one airbag, a badge and a $500 price increase is going to do much at the end of the day.
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    Martin1491 says,
    4 years ago
    It's such a poorly proportioned car.
  • Steve Thompson says,
    4 years ago
    The concept looked fantastic and only slightly watered down in production. I think it's great looking car in a new segment for them with some fierce rivals. I guess they were hoping the styling and their reputation for building quality would be enough to get some share. That may be the case - it will just take some time to establish that share. They could shorten that time with some aggressive pricing and/or fast track a turbo AWD hero version whilst Mazda has no 6MPS and the Liberty GT is nearing $60K on the road......
  • baji says,
    4 years ago
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    I believe the reason it doesn't sell, is not because its a bad car. In fact it actually looks quite good in the metal, the interior is very well built and high quality - even more so than the i45, accord euro and mazda6 in my opinion. The problem is that it has a very lacklustre and old-tech powertrain, esp that 2.4L from the grand vitara. The CVT is also offputting as anyone whos reviewed the CVT has said that its powersapping and feels like the first gen nissan xtronic cvt. Another issue is that it doesn't have a standard sat nav, and the sat nav option available is a cheap looking aftermarket kit.

    The suzuki doesn't sell because it simply uses old technology in a segment where technology is a major drawcard.

    Now... imagine if the Kizashi got one of the high tech VW engines, with the DSG gearbox. The chassis is certainly good enough to exploit it! Then this thing would really be something!
    • Nate Raimonde says,
      4 years ago
      Suzuki Kizashi has a higher level of quality than an Accord Euro? wow you obviously either no nothing about this segment of cars or have never seen an Accord Euro.
      • baji says,
        4 years ago
        Shows how much you know about me.

        I've been in all of the midsize cars and i've driven the Accord Euro. I was just saying that in MY OPINION the kizashi interior felt better built. The design may not be as out there as the Accord Euro but its functional and well laid out. The old Accord euro was well built, but the new ones interior seems far too plasticky.
        • Nate Raimonde says,
          4 years ago
          well I may have been wrong about you not knowing much about this segment of cars. It seems to me you know nothing about cars at all. I own an Accord Euro and seen and touched the Kizashi interior and the Accord Euro creams the Kizashi. But oh well you're entitled to your opinion, even if it is wrong.
    • Italo says,
      1 year ago
      I totally agree with you baji, In my opinion it's mostly the powertrain and a bit about brand snobbery that holds most people back. When most people think of Suzuki it's either small lack lustre cars or aging Vitara. This is why it's important car brands have hero cars, even if they aren't the most profitable. I wish someone would do a survey on actual buyers in the small and medium category - I'm sure Suzuki have alreadydry
  • Anthony Mindel says,
    4 years ago
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    This tries to be an Accord Euro,but looks like a Volkswagen Jetta...

    I think the public just dont really know what it is...
  • Anthony Mindel says,
    4 years ago
    The Kizashi tries to be a Honda Accord Euro,but looks very much like a Volkswagen Jetta.

    They are both excellent cars,but I dont think the public knows what this really is..........

    Sales are dismal worldwide.

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