The Kizashi EcoCharge Concept, an admittedly striking model, joins the race to environmental consciousness and reveals Suzuki's awareness of current social concerns.
"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."
The Kizashi EcoCharge Concept gets its power from a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine, working in tandem with an electric propulsion system, consisting of a liquid-cooled 15-kW motor/generator unit mated to a 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion battery. The combination enhances fuel economy while delivering an electric power boost during acceleration for a more thrilling driving experience.
The Kizashi EcoCharge Concept delivers a 25 percent improvement to highway fuel economy over today's Kizashi. To further increase efficiency, the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept also takes advantage of a number of 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-resistance tires.
Power management via an advanced six-speed automatic transmission is designed for smooth operation and a seamless flow.
Inside, the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept utilizes recycled seating materials, requiring 84 percent less energy to produce, and creating 80 percent fewer emissions than virgin material production.
Kizashi Apex Concept
At the same time, Suzuki introduced a turbocharged version called the Kizashi Apex Concept, illuminating the link between the company’s automotive division and its championship-winning motorcycles.
"Our turbo-equipped concept leverages the already-exceptional Kizashi platform and infuses it with a substantial boost," said Steve Younan, director of automotive marketing and product planning, American Suzuki Motor Corporation. "The Kizashi Apex Concept will further elevate our flagship sedan in the U.S. among enthusiasts who crave added power and performance."
The Kizashi Apex Concept features a Garrett turbocharger, an air-to-liquid intercooler, electronic boost control, and a specific engine control unit calibration to provide exhilarating performance. This increases peak output into the 275-300 horsepower range, with a maximum boost of 8.5 psi. This powertrain is matched exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission.
The essence of the Kizashi Apex Concept's performance is its air-to-liquid intercooler, allowing more effective air-cooling in a smaller package. The unit's small heat exchanger and circulation pump are minimally intrusive to vehicle cooling. The advantage comes from the reduction in ducting, which creates a faster throttle response and a lower turbo lag, giving peak boost faster than most air-to-air intercooler systems. The Apex Concept also utilizes a free flowing true dual exhaust system.
The black leather interior features laser blue accents.
So in the final analysis, if the buyers who want a hybrid that looks like a hot car equal the buyers who really want a hot car, it’ll all even out somewhere down the road.