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With Suzuki’s new mid-sized Kizashi sedan about ready to hit dealerships, the Japanese automaker has announced plans to build a V6 powered version of the car. Initially, the Kizashi will only be offered with a 185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder, but the 260hp GM-sourced 3.6-liter V6 motor will follow shortly thereafter.
Suzuki has big hopes that the Kizashi will help the brand penetrate the North American market, something it has never effectively been able to do before. As with all other mid-sized sedans, the V6 option isn’t about to be a popular choice amongst consumers, but it should make for some good marketing potential.
The V6 engine model will come exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Also expect a more aggressive exterior design as well as more premium interior equipment and 18-inch wheels. Suzuki engineers are currently testing the V6 model, with some impressive four-piston front brake calipers!
See the AutoGuide review of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi here:
2010 Suzuki Kizashi: First Drive
GALLERY: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi
Suzuki has been in the North American marketplace for a long time, but you’d hardly know it. The Japanese automaker hopes to change all that by stepping into the ultra-competitive mid-size sedan category competing alongside cars like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
Set to officially launch tomorrow, the Kizashi (or at least that’s the name given to the concept car) was spied just ahead of its debut. The last time we saw the car it was doing some hot weather testing in Dubai and was spied by a citizen journalist. Back then the vehicle was masked in both the front and rear.
What we can see now is a massive front grill along the lines of Audi’s new design or the previous generation VW Golf. The earlier spy photos showed a rather uninspiring car but now with the covers removed its quite striking.
We’ll be sure to update you more photos and full specifications once they become available.
GALLERY: Suzuki Kizashi