2013 SUZUKI KIZASHI UPDATE
Sales of Suzuki's Kizashi midsizer have fallen dramatically in 2013. In July, 29 were sold compared to 82 for the same period last year, while year-to-date sales have fallen from 643 in 2012 to 410 this year.
Suzuki has this week moved to boost the Kizashi's appeal, cutting the price of entry to $29,990 drive-away in manual form, and $32,490 with the CVT auto.
All models now pick up the 'Sport' name, reflecting the range-wide upgrade to the Kizashi's sports body-kit - previously reserved for the top-shelf model.
The line-up now opens with the Sport Touring - previously priced at $28,490 before on-roads - and gains 18-inch wheels, sports styling kit and fog lights.
The entry-level model already includes Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, dual-zone climate control and keyless entry.
The mid-range Sport Prestige model, available in auto form only, adds satellite navigation and a reversing camera, parking sensors front and rear, powered and heated leather seats, sun roof, auto headlights and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The top-shelf Sport AWD is unchanged, but features above the other models include a leather steering wheel and silver contrast stitching in the cabin.
The Kizashi's mechanical package also remains unchanged.
All models share the 131kW/230Nm 2.4 litre petrol four-cylinder. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.9 l/100km for front-wheel-drive models, and 8.4 l/100km with the AWD model.
- Kizashi Sport Touring (M/T) - $29,990
- Kizashi Sport Touring (CVT) - $32,490
- Kizashi Sport Prestige (CVT) - $37,990
- Kizashi Sport AWD (CVT) - $39,990