Suzuki Swift Hybrid launched in Japan


After launching the 4th generation Swift in Japan last year in December, Suzuki has added hybrid variants to the line up. This is not the SHVS mild hybrid system, but a full hybrid system with a Motor Generator Unit (MGU).

Speaking of which, the electric motor is capable of 10 kW (13.5 hp) and 30 Nm of torque, and works with the 1.2-litre petrol motor, delivering a fuel efficiency figure of 32 km/l. Transmission is a 5-speed AMT, and the Hybrid SL variant comes with paddle shifters. When the vehicle is running at a constant speed or during creeping, the hybrid system automatically stops the engine and switches to EV mode. The vehicle gets Eco mode switch, where the frequency of EV driving increases. There is also an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), but Suzuki says its function differs from mild hybrid.

The Swift Hybrid packs Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) collision-mitigating system that features a monocular camera and laser sensor to detect pedestrians and vehicles ahead, as well as SRS curtain airbags and front seat SRS side airbags.

The vehicle weight is kept within 1,000 kg, and it qualifies for eco-car tax breaks in Japan.

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