At this year’s New York International Auto Show, the American Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled a new hybrid concept vehicle called the Kizashi EcoCharge, based on its sedan model of the same name.
The four-door vehicle is equipped with a 2.0 liter gasoline engine boosted by a liquid-cooled 0.5 kWh motor and powered by a 115 volt air-cooled lithium-ion battery. The addition of the electric motor gives the new Kizashi concept a 25% improvement in fuel economy compared to the standard model, according to Suzuki, which would be an average of 33 miles per gallon.
Further efforts to improve fuel economy in the new, six-speed hybrid car include regenerative braking, automatic engine shut-off when the car come to a stop, and fuel cut-off during deceleration.
Suzuki is also claiming that the material used in the interior of the car require 84% less energy produce. No word yet on the price of the Kizashi EcoCharge, but if compared to the standard model, it should run anywhere from $25,000 to $30,000 depending on the cost of the electric propulsion system addition.