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Suzuki introduces hybrid concept version of Kizashi at New York show

American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a gasoline-electric concept variant of its Kizashi sedan at the company’s 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) press conference. The Kizashi EcoCharge has the capability to deliver a 25% fuel economy gain.

Kizashi EcoCharge. Click to enlarge.

The Kizashi EcoCharge Concept derives power from a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine, working in tandem with a belt-driven, liquid-cooled 15-kW motor/generator unit tied to a 115-volt, 0.5 kWh air-cooled lithium-ion battery. The EcoCharge uses a six-speed automatic transmission.

The engine develops 144 hp (106 kW) @ 6500 rpm, and 127 lb-ft (173 N·m) of torque @ 4500 rpm.

To help maximize efficiency, the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept also utilizes other fuel-conserving technologies, including regenerative braking, automatic engine shut-off when the car comes to a stop, fuel cut-off during deceleration events and low-rolling resistance tires.



A very mild hybrid with a 0.5 Kwh battery?


That is the same size battery as the GM eAssist, in fact the specifications sound similar. GM used to own some of Suzuki, but when they were headed down they sold the stock.


115V, 0.5kWh, ..., the only difference is that it has been applied to a 2.0L (L850?) instead of 2.4L (L880) engine.

It seems that it is in fact GM's eAssist derived Suzuki version of the mild hybrid.

A site claims Suzuki confirmed it.

    Suzuki eAssist, sort of

    Suzuki had been slated to receive a version of the redesigned system before GM divested itself of its holdings in various Japanese carmakers, including Suzuki. The entire project went on hiatus during GM's bankruptcy. Whether GM would now be willing to license such a useful gas-saving technology remains unknown.

    [UPDATE: Suzuki confirmed to GreenCarReports that their system was, in fact, based on GM's second-generation mild hybrid system.]


That makes sense, the more models that use it successfully the more public acceptance can develop. While I would have made the batteries 1 kWh, that is a small point and one that will not get in the way.

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