Work in progress: Suzuki Kizashi

The all-new Suzuki Kizashi is expected to hit the Indian market by end-2009, and will take on cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Altis

From Autoblog, these are the first line drawings of the upcoming Suzuki Kizashi mid-size sedan, which is coming to India by end-2009, to take on cars like the Toyota Altis and Honda Civic.

In India, the Maruti Suzuki brand is associated with smaller cars, and bigger cars from the MS stable – like the Baleno sedan and Grand Vitara SUV – have not done too well. However, the SX4 seems to have changed things for the better for the company, and the Kizashi sedan may take Maruti Suzuki’s ‘image’ another notch higher.

While the Kizashi will be available with a V6 engine and even 4WD in some markets, the India-spec Kizashi will definitely be fitted with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive.

With its modern, contemporary styling, spacious cabin, good ride quality, competitive pricing and the Maruti sales and service network, the Maruti Suzuki Kizashi just might cause a few headaches for established players in the entry-level D-segment in India!

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