Rare review of Kizashi: COSTLIEST sedan Maruti has ever sold in India

Maruti Suzuki has remained the top-selling brand in the Indian market for a long time now. The manufacturer is most popular in the mass-segment, affordable cars but Maruti did try its luck in the premium segment in the past. Apart from the Grand Vitara SUV, Maruti launched the Kizashi sedan as a CBU import in the Indian market in 2011. Since it was a full-imported model, it carried a very hefty price tag. Here is a rare review of the car in 2019.

The car seen here is a 2014 model. Maruti Suzuki launched the all-new Kizashi in 2011. The car was available in two variants – manual and automatic. The base manual was priced at Rs 16.5 lakh while the automatic version of the car came with a price tag of Rs 17.5 lakh. Both prices are of ex-showroom. It only offered a single petrol engine option. Since it was a fully imported vehicle, the tax charged on it was 105%, which made it extremely pricey in the market.

The variant seen here is the automatic CVT version and the review has been done by Namaste Car. The Kizashi launched in India were direct import from Japan and it came with a lot of high-end features like self-levelling projector lamps, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs. It also came with 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels with disc brakes on all the four wheels. The dual-exhaust pipes at the rear of the Kizashi are inspired by Suzuki Hayabusa.

The Kizashi was one of the finest vehicles in its time and was also awarded 5-star ratings by the NCAP. It gets high-tensile steel body and it also gets impact absorbing pillars and side roof rails. The car came with as many as eight airbags – front, rear, side and curtain. It also came with immobiliser, ABS+EBD, speed sensing door locks, impact sensing auto unlock, seatbelt with pre-tensioner and load limiter.

Rare review of Kizashi: COSTLIEST sedan Maruti has ever sold in India

The Suzuki Kizashi came with a plush interior and offered a lot of cabin space. At the rear, it received two AC vents and came with leather trims on the doors. Leather was generously used in the car and even the gear knob and the steering wheel came with leather cover. The Kizashi offered all four power windows. The driver seat was electrically adjustable and it could have been adjusted in 10 ways. To save the location of the seat, it also gets an option of memory seats and up to three positions can be saved. The infotainment system came with CD, Radio, USB support and it got 5-speakers in total.

Powering the Kizashi is a 2.4-litre petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 178 PS and peak torque of 230 Nm. It came with a choice of 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission.

Shantonil Nag

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