Anton Andres / Newspress | March 09, 2017 13:23
Suzuki expands hybrid lineup with all-wheel drive Swift
With the release of the all-new Swift late last year, Suzuki has added a new variant to their B-Segment hatchback. While the hybrid model was introduced in Japan previously, the automaker has paired it with all-wheel drive for its Geneva debut.
This reveal also marks the debut of the fourth-generation Swift outside of its home market. The Euro-spec Swift is largely unchanged from the Japan-spec model, save for it being left-hand drive for the continent.
The hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.2-liter KC12 DualJet engine mated to a small electric generator called SHVS. Its gas engine puts out 90 PS and 120 Nm of torque. Being a mild-hybrid, the generator produces 3 PS but adds another 50 Nm of torque to this hatchback. As mentioned, it is all-wheel drive and shifts through a continuously variable transmission.
Swift hybrid models also benefit from regenerative braking to keep the batteries charged while on the move. Speaking of its batteries, it utilizes lithium-ion units which stores energy and provide extra boost under hard acceleration. Also aiding economy is a stop-start system which shuts off the engine but keeps all electronic auxiliaries running. Unlike full hybrid cars, the Swift hybrid does not come with a full electric mode.
Prior to the Swift, Suzuki has used the SHVS system in the Ciaz. Suzuki has also given the diesel powered Ertiga the same system utilized in the Swift and Ciaz. With the introduction of the Swift hybrid, Suzuki's hybrid range now consists of three cars.