Aussie Suzuki Kizashi Gets the Sixth Sense

The Australian division of Suzuki announced today it has added a ‘sixth sense’ to the Kizashi range bay introducing the new Sport AWD version. Aside from the all-wheel drive system, the Kizashi Sport AWD also boasts new styling features, based on the top-of-the-range XLS specification.

Taken separately, Suzuki’s i-AWD can anticipate when to increase or decrease torque to the front or rear wheels and even provides counter-steering assistance simply by constantly monitoring inputs from all the ESP sensors.

“Kizashi Sport AWD actually anticipates oversteer or understeer and can split drive to either the front or rear wheels to provide maximum driving enjoyment,” said Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers. “This ‘sixth sense’ makes the Kizashi Sport AWD Suzuki’s ultimate expression of driving dynamics. For example, when you accelerate from rest, the system detects the extra throttle input and automatically sends drive to the rear wheels to ensure a smooth, safe take-off.”

The Kizashi Sport AWD sits 10mm lower than its front-wheel drive siblings, while sitting on new 10 spoke 18-inch alloy wheels and coming with a new sports mesh lower grille, new sports front bumper, sports side skirts, and chromed bodyside garnishes and fog lamp bezels.

Inside, the car features a steering wheel with chrome garnishes and factory fitted Bluetooth wireless connectivity with steering wheel mounted controls. This latest version of Bluetooth also enables wireless audio streaming. The leather seats, handbrake lever and gear lever are highlighted by unique silver stitching.

Safety wise, the car comes fitted with six airbags, ESP and Traction Control, ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and dusk-sensing HID headlamps.

Powering the Kizashi Sport AWD is a 2.4l DOHC in-line four cylinder engine developing 176 hp and 230 Nm of torque with a fuel consumption of 28 mpg (8.4 l/100km).
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