When we think of Maruti Suzuki as a brand, we think of affordable, mass-market automobiles meant to serve a purpose. However, there was a time when the country’s largest carmaker decided to test the waters in the premium segment. And to do this, the brand introduced the Kizashi luxury sedan in the country. At the time of its launch, the Maruti Suzuki Kizashi stood as the most expensive offering from the automaker, and a rare video review of this icon has been shared online. The video shows each and every detail of this lost gem from Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
Maruti Suzuki Kizashi Review
The video review of the Maruti Suzuki Kizashi has been shared on YouTube by Namaste Car on their channel. For those who may not be aware, the Kizashi sedan made its debut in the Indian market in 2011. Its aim was to capture the attention of consumers seeking a more luxurious driving experience. Despite Maruti Suzuki’s dominance in the mass-segment, the Kizashi was launched in the premium sedan segment. This was done by the brand to show its commitment to diversity. However, little did the company know that their hard work would all go in vain as the car becomes a massive flop in the Indian market.
Kizashi Pricing and Powertrain
Positioned as a fully imported model, the Kizashi bore a hefty price tag due to the 105% tax levied on such vehicles. The 2014 model, shown in this rare review, was offered in two variants – manual and automatic. The base manual version was priced at Rs 16.5 lakh. Meanwhile, the automatic variant commanded a higher tag at Rs 17.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
This premium sedan came equipped with a single petrol engine option, which contributed to its exclusivity. The Kizashi was powered by a 2.4-liter petrol engine delivering 178 PS of maximum power and 230 Nm of peak torque. Buyers had the option to choose between a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission.
Kizashi Exterior Design
The presenter of the video mentions that the car in front, which is an automatic CVT version, came equipped with a range of high-end features that underscored its premium status. Directly imported from Japan, the Kizashi boasted self-leveling projector lamps, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, and unique 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with disc brakes on all four corners. The Kizashi also took inspiration from the Suzuki Hayabusa, which can be noted on the dual-exhaust pipes at the rear.
Kizashi Safety Features
At the time when it was launched, the Kizashi earned a perfect 5-star rating from the NCAP, thanks to its safety features. The Kizashi was constructed with a high-tensile steel body, and the sedan featured impact-absorbing pillars, side roof rails, and an extensive airbag system covering front, rear, side, and curtain airbags. Additional safety features included an immobilizer, ABS+EBD, speed-sensing door locks, impact-sensing auto unlock, and seatbelts with pre-tensioner and load limiter.
As for the interior side of things, the Kizashi was offered with a plush and spacious interior. At the time, it was the most luxurious car on offer by the brand and hence utilized higher quality materials inside the cabin. The rear boasted two AC vents, complemented by leather trims on the doors. It also received a leather-wrapped gear knob and steering wheel. The driver’s seat was electrically adjustable in 10 ways and also featured a memory seat option for convenient customization. The sedan also featured an infotainment system, complete with CD, radio, and USB support, and was also given a 5-speaker setup.