2011 Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept
Suzuki unveiled a gas-electric concept variant with EcoCharge of its Kizashi sedan at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). The car is innovative and eye-catching four-door further illustrates Suzuki’s global eco-mobility story, and accentuates the company’s effort in socially-conscious motoring.
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.
The car 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.
Exterior gets 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.
While the interior, 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