2011 New York Auto Show: Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept is our kind of hybrid

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 19, 2011

To illustrate American Suzuki Motor Corporation’s thrust towards global eco-mobility, the company has revealed a gas-electric concept variant of its Kizashi sedan at a press conference for the 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Dubbed as the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept, this four-door sedan is innovative as well as stunning.

This model shows off Suzuki’s socially conscious efforts. The Kizashi EcoCharge Concept is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine that is coupled with an advanced electric propulsion system that features a liquid-cooled 15-kW motor/generator unit linked to a 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion battery.

With these specs, the fuel economy of the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept has been optimized and is more efficient by 25% in the highway compared to the current production Kizashi.

And during acceleration, the concept gets an electric power boost. To raise efficiency further, the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept makes use of technologies that conserve fuel such as regenerative braking, automatic engine shut-off when the car stops, fuel cut-off during deceleration events, and low-rolling resistance tires.

To manage power, Suzuki installed an advanced six-speed automatic transmission that allows for smooth operation and a continuous flow of power when the driver calls for it.

The exterior of the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept is truly captivating with a one-of-a-kind luminescent white satin paint design that has an understated blue undercoat. It also received a specialized headlight treatment, as well as LED foglight illumination built into the front fascia. The lightweight aluminum wheels covered in low-rolling resistance tires give off a futuristic vibe.

Press Release

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a gas-electric concept variant of its Kizashi sedan at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). With the moniker Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept, this innovative and eye-catching four-door further illustrates Suzuki's global eco-mobility story, and accentuates the company's effort in socially-conscious motoring.

"We are continuing to study the virtues of the gas-electric technology found in the Suzuki 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 percent 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."

Kizashi Powertrain Electrification

The Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept derives power from a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine, working in tandem with an advanced electric propulsion system, which consists of a liquid-cooled 15-kW motor/generator unit tied to a 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion battery. The combination optimizes fuel economy and delivers an electric power boost during acceleration for a more spirited driving experience. The Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept delivers a 25 percent lift to highway fuel economy over today's Kizashi.

To help maximize efficiency, the Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept also utilizes numerous 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.

Power management is provided via an advanced six-speed automatic transmission designed for smooth operation and a seamless flow of power when called upon by the driver.

Simple, But Striking Exterior Styling

The exterior of the Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept is highlighted by a unique luminescent white satin paint design with a subtle blue undercoat. To further set the concept apart from its production Kizashi sibling, it has been given a specialized headlight treatment, as well as LED foglight illumination integrated into the front fascia. The lightweight aluminum wheels communicate a futuristic feel, and are wrapped in low-rolling resistance tires."

Eco-friendly Interior

Within, the Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept utilizes advanced seat materials. These materials require 84 percent less energy to produce, and create 80 percent fewer emissions than virgin material production.

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept Specifications

Engine: J20B DOHC I-4
Displacement: 1,998 cc
Valvetrain: Intake-VVT
Horsepower: 144 hp (106 kW) @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 127 lb-ft (173 Nm) @ 4500 rpm
Fuel economy target (Hwy): 25 percent improvement over production Kizashi
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Electric Drive System
Type: Belt-driven, liquid-cooled induction motor/generator unit and lithium-ion battery system; air-cooled power electronics and battery pack
Maximum electric generating power: 15 kW @ 1,570-3,180 rpm
Maximum electric motor power (electric assist): 15 hp / 11.2kW @ 1000-2200 rpm
Lithium-ion battery: 115V, 0.5 kWh, 15 kW peak power

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