Suzuki Reveals Kizashi EcoCharge Concept at 2011 New York International Auto Show


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NEW YORK--April 19, 2011: American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a gas-electric concept variant of its Kizashi sedan at the company's 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) press conference this evening. With the moniker 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 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 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 Kizashi EcoCharge Concept delivers a 25 percent lift to highway fuel economy over today's Kizashi.

To help maximize efficiency, the 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 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 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.

Kizashi EcoCharge Concept Specifications

Engine


Type:

J20B DOHC I-4

Displacement (cu in / cc):

1,998

Valvetrain:

Intake-VVT

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

144 / 106 @ 6500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm)

127 / 173 @ 4500 rpm

Fuel economy target (Hwy):

25 percent improvement over production Kizashi




Transmission


Type:

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




For Kizashi EcoCharge Concept images and video, please visit, Suzuki Media .

2011 Suzuki Auto Product Line

Suzuki is proud to offer the most affordable all-wheel drive lineup available in the U.S. and maintains a versatile collection of vehicles that fit most lifestyles and budgets, including the automobile voted the most satisfying car in America, the performance oriented Kizashi sport sedan; the most affordable car in America with standard navigation, the SX4 Sport 4-door; the most affordable all-wheel drive vehicle in America, the SX4 Crossover; the Grand Vitara, featuring 4-Mode 4WD providing true off-road capability, and the award-winning Equator truck.  Every vehicle in the line provides Suzuki's standout virtues of durability, leading-edge style and high content at a competitive price. All 2011 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully-transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.

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