India’s largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki India Limited has come up with an attractive discount Rs. 3,00,000 on its premium mid-size sedan Kizashi during this festival season. Though this premium sedan was well received in international market, the sales are dipping in India. Maruti Suzuki has been forced to take this decision because of the sudden decline in sales of about 85 percent. Kizashi sold just 23 units during the period April to August this year.
This sports sedan from Maruti Kizashi is powered by a 2.4 litre DOHC J–Series engine. The D-segment car’s powertrain is capable of producing peak power of 178 PS at 6,500rpm. The maximum torque produced by the engine is 230Nm at 4,000rpm. This vehicle is available in manual transmission as well as with automatic transmission. Maruti Kizashi is available in Front Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive options. The driver-activated Front Wheel Drive mode allows saving fuel.
Kizhashi is equipped with 17 inch alloy wheel and all the wheels have disc brakes. The suspension system used in this vehicle is Macpherson strut and coil springs in front and rear one uses the multi-link type. Electronically powered steering wheel makes the control easier. Whereas. Front brake is vented disc and rear solid disc.
Maruti Kizashi is a four door D segment sedan with sporty and elegant look. The front is made aggressive with flat nose and bigger honeycomb grille. The projector headlamps and rectangular fog lamp cluster adds to the style of the vehicle. The headlight cluster comprises of headlamp and turn indicators. Rain sensing automatic wipers are there at the lower end of the front windshield which is a very useful feature.
Though the vehicle has good features and good performance, the sales are going low in India. it seems Maruti Suzuki Kizashi is losing the battle owing to its high price. The price this vehicle is high because it is sold in the Indian auto market as a Completely Built Unit (CBU). The price tag will go higher by 105 % when the cars are imported as CBU due to import duties. This luxury sedan was launched in February 2011. Company is considering the local assembly of Kizashi in a bid to reduce its high end price subject to the positive demand for the model in the country. Zero sales of the manual variant of Kizashi were reported from the period April to August this year. The declining demand for the model compelled the car maker to offer a rebate of Rs. 3.12 lakh. Since the festive season is round the corner, Maruti is offering the Indian buyers a chance to own this sporty sedan.
With the discount offer the manual version will now come with a price tag of 14 lakhs.