2010 Suzuki Kizashi Spotted Unclad And Ready For 'Ring Time

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We've heard about the new Suzuki Kizashi's engines courtesy of an overzealous Aussie importer, and we've seen Kizashi line drawings suitable for a kids' coloring book. Now we get a sneak peek of the new Suzuki courtesy of the spy photogs at KGP. Our reaction is mixed; on one hand, it's a nice-enough looking sedan with some Teutonic styling cues — much better than what we're used to from Suzuki. On the other hand, the conventional profile has lost some of the excitement of the Kizashi concept we saw in New York. Decide for yourself. Spy report below the jump.

Suzuki's new Kizashi sedan arrived arrived in Germany completely unclad, for a few quick laps around the 'Ring. We caught the prototype stationary, as the test group arranged entry onto the race circuit. This is the first time that we've seen the Kizashi completely free of its heavy camouflage, relying solely on some black and white graphics to try to trick the eye. It's immediately clear that Suzuki stylists have managed a faithful transition from the Kizashi3 concept sedan to this production model, although some of the show car's sexy profile has been lost in translation—especially around the C-pillar and rear deck. However, we can't help but notice that the Kizashi's rump has some serious BMW 1-series coupe overtones. While it's not saying much, this is clearly the most promising sedan in Suzuki's history, what with its expected 3.6-liter DOHC V6 perhaps producing as much as 300-horsepower. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is also expected to anchor entry-level models.

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So instead of getting what would've (hopefully) been a racy, prime successor to the Aerio SX 5-door hatch, we get an A-to-B commuter that looks like a little bit of every car in its class.

Looking through the camo, I can see a very defiant bulge in the sides starting just below the windows and reaching down almost to the rocker panels. It looks very Volvo-like. If that's the case then I suspect this thing will have decent interior room. The profile isn't half bad, but it's going to be hard to stand out in the civic/corolla/sentra competition. The faux-luxo-car headlights are sending identity crisis signals as well as the Maxima-ripped-off tail lights.

The design at least flows well with each part as far as I can tell. Maybe this'll get Suzuki some more brand presence in the states. It could certainly use it. Not a single one of my friends knew Suzuki made cars until I showed them.