At a press conference at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, Suzuki has unveiled a petrol-electric concept variant of the Suzuki Kizashi saloon, the Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept.
"We are continuing to study the virtues of the gas-electric technology found in the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept," said Steve Younan, director of automotive marketing and product planning for American Suzuki Motor Corporation. "Our basic concept was to attain substantial gains in fuel economy without the traditional sacrifices in drivability required with today's mid-size hybrid sedans. The proof of our concept is that the Kizashi EcoCharge has the capability to deliver a 25% fuel economy gain in real-world driving through an electric charge to the powertrain system while still retaining the production Kizashi's dynamic handling and braking advantages that make it a standout category performer."
The exterior of the Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept features luminescent white satin paint with a blue undercoat. LED fog lights have been integrated into the front fascia and lightweight aluminium wheels help enhance the futuristic design.
The Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept is powered from a 2 litre inline-four petrol engine, working alongside an advanced electric propulsion system, consisting a liquid-cooled 15kW motor/generator unit tied to a 115volt air-cooled lithium ion battery. This combination optimises fuel economy and can enhance acceleration by delivering an electric power boost. The Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept delivers a 25% lift to highway fuel economy over today's Kizashi.
The Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept also features fuel saving technologies which includes regenerative braking, automatic engine shut off when the car comes to a stop, fuel cut-off during deceleration as well as low-rolling resistance tyres.
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