By FOCUS REPORTER
SUZUKIi’s range of offerings is expanding, giving those seeking to try their Way of Life, more to choose from.
Meet the Kizashi. It’s their alternative to saloons like the Volkswagen Jetta, Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 6.
Everybody has been talking about the Kizashi’s styling, which is refreshing in a market like this. You can see the designers have borrowed design elements from others cars, but rather than appearing like a tawdry rip-off, its execution seems to have worked quite well.
The chrome tailpipes which resemble those on a Lexus, for example, are a sophisticated touch. We certainly like the Kizashi’s bold styling, and the attractive alloys that fill-out its wheelarches.
A 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine is responsible for powering this Japanese sedan, providing 131kW and 230 Nm of torque. This is paired-up to a six-speed manual transmission, catering for those who need the convenience of a two-pedal model, is the option of a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox.
A 7-speaker audio system, iPod connectivity, climate control, leather upholstery and an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat are some of the features you’ll find in the Kizashi.
On the safety front, it boasts anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability control, and 6 airbags in case things do turn awry.
Pricing starts off at R295 900 for the manual model, while the CVT version is slightly more, at R310 900. In the price, they’ve also thrown in a three-year/100 000 km warranty and a six-year/90 000 km service plan.