Suzuki to take Kizashi to "next level" at NY show

Suzuki has announced it is planning two global reveals for the NY show, including a model that will take the Kizashi to the "next level."

Suzuki's United States sales have been on the decline over the last four years, but that doesn't mean the Japanese automaker is just giving up. Suzuki has announced it is planning two global reveals for the fast-approaching New York Auto Show.

At least one of those world debuts will involve the automaker's mid-size Kizashi. No details were given, but Suzuki says the new model will take the "Kizashi to the next level."

Despite that bold claim, we're taking the announcement with a grain of salt. Suzuki promised a similar model for the 2010 NY show and all we got was the Kizashi Sport. Although the Kizashi Sport featured a lowered suspension, unique body kit and 18-inch wheels, it left us wanting on the performance front.

However, it remains possible that Suzuki could be planning to launch a turbocharged version of the Kizashi. We sampled a prototype of the turbo Kizash last spring and found it to be a phenomenal vehicle. Unfortunately, our insiders tell us that a Kizashi turbo would be a dealer-install option like Toyot's TRD program rather than a factory-backed car like the Hyundai Sonata Turbo.

No word on what Suzuki's second reveal might be, but we don't have to wait long as the start of the New York show is now less than a month away.