Suzuki's Twin Kizashi Concepts
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Suzuki's Twin Kizashi Concepts

2011 New York Auto Show


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2011 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Kizashi Apex and Kizashi EcoCharge anchor opposite ends of the spectrum at Suzuki.
  • Suzuki's sportbike heritage was the inspiration for the Kizashi Apex turbocharged sport sedan.
  • Kizashi EcoCharge is a hybrid sedan that provides 25 percent better fuel economy, along with a power boost during acceleration.

NEW YORK — Suzuki displayed two concept versions of its midsize Kizashi sedan at the 2011 New York Auto Show, anchoring opposite ends of the consumer spectrum.

The Kizashi Apex is a turbocharged sport sedan concept said to be inspired by Suzuki's sportbike heritage.

A Garrett turbocharger and an air-to-liquid intercooler help bump output on the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to 275-200 horsepower, helped by a freer-flowing dual exhaust system.

Suzuki superbikes provided the inspiration for the exterior graphics on the Kizashi Apex, which sports LED foglamps, Euro-spec HID headlamps, lightweight alloy wheels and Yokohama S.Drive 245/35R19 tires. The cabin is trimmed in black leather with blue Alcantara accents on the steering wheel and sport buckets seats.

Kizashi EcoCharge is a hybrid sedan concept that provides 25 percent better fuel economy, along with a power boost during acceleration.

The Kizashi EcoCharge starts with Suzuki's 144-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and mates it with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 15kW belt-drive electric motor/generator that provides a boost in power during acceleration, but also helps nudge highway fuel economy by 25 percent. Fuel-squeezing technologies include an automatic stop-start system, regenerative braking and low-rolling-resistance tires.

The EcoCharge is painted luminescent white satin with blue undercoat, and features LED foglamps, aluminum wheels and "green" seats.

Edmunds.com says: Stretching Kizashi's performance envelope in different directions. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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