AirRideFan wrote:JDM Parts...I appreciate your response. Thanks for filling me in on that. That is what I figured. I wonder if they are a stand-alone option or come standard on the higher models (Equiv. of GTS/SLS) in Japan? I see that the Australia models (with "options") mostly have the self-leveling HID's/headlight washers, also. Man.... that serious fuggin KILLS me that the stupid USDM Kizzy's have regular halogens. (WHY WOULDN'T SUZUKI JUST LEAVE EM!? -Jesus... charge an extra $400 or something for the car and call it a day- probably would be cheaper overall- than redesigning another set of headlight housings for halogens. ttsshh) THANKS AGAIN for letting me know though!
PS- what all accessories are in your JDM catalogue, my friend? Anything "NEAT" !?
PPS- I would really like to have this oem coin holder- but I don't have the funds for THAT little thing right now. Replacing all my brakes and painting the calipers at the moment. http://www.ebay.com/itm/JDM-Suzuki-Swif ... 7675.l2557
^ that little part isn't in the OEM accessories brochure, is it ?
I personally really like HIDs and LEDs as I'm a lighting nut and I have a number of write-ups on these topics. However, Woodie has a point about why Suzuki probably decided to not offer HIDs in the Kizashi for the USDM. Adding such features would have bumped up the price and the Suzuki brand did not have the prestige for US consumers to pay over a certain price point. By offering more conventional packaging, it brought the cost of the car down. Now I agree that they maybe could have offered it as an option for the higher-spec Kizashis, much like you'd find other cars bundling navs with moonroofs, HIDs with top-spec stereos, etc. However, the Kizashi didn't sell well enough for Suzuki to really move forward with expanding the Kizashi's offerings and packaging. If anything, they did the opposite over the years. They started deleting options to bring down the price. For example, my 2011 Sport GTS came with a moonroof but for model year 2012, they deleted the moonroof and made it an option or only available with the SLS, I believe. Hence, a 2011 Sport GTS is better equipped than a 2012 Sport GTS, but the MY 2012 may have cost less. In its last year sold in the US, Suzuki even stopped offering the manual transmission in anything but the base S trim. It's a stark contrast to when they offered the 6MT in the SLS in previous model years.
Also keep in mind that other markets got other packaging. I hear all Kizashis sold in the UK were with AWD and CVTs with the HIDs standard. It was sold there as a premium vehicle. Regardless of the packaging, the Kizashi failed to succeed anywhere. It was very unfortunate but the Kizashi came at a horrible time in the midst of the global economic crisis. Had Suzuki offered the Swift instead of the Kizashi in 2009, I think they would still be around and they'd be selling the new Vitara decently here now with the CUV craze.
Also, it's not like you're stuck with factory halogens in the Kizashi. The aftermarket offers plenty of options. In fact, my Kizashi has never had halogen low beams in the time I've owned it. You can install an aftermarket HID or LED kit and it will work rather well. These kits are also significantly cheaper than OE set-ups and you can get an entire kit cheaper than the cost of replacing an OE D2S HID bulb. OE HID systems are better, but in my opinion, quality aftermarket kits come pretty close in offering the performance and look of HIDs. That being said, many cars are now moving to LED headlights which offer more possibilities with headlight design and performance.
I'll look through the JDM accessories catalogue again but I recall many things being rather mundane. In fact, I suggest looking through the accessories offered in other markets like Australia which offered different things too.