Suzuki, a brand once well-accepted in Malaysia, has long vanished from local shores eversince they made a decision to join forces the National carmakers. But the brand continues to thrive elsewhere in the world.
In a latest announcement, Suzuki is planning to introduce hybrid engine to its best-selling models like the Swift, Vitara and S-Cross. They called it self-charging hybrid deriatives. Each with a 48-volt battery. The obvious aim here is to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. The hybrid models are expected to hit global markets in March 2020. Suzuki also revealed they would introduce a new Boosterjet petrol engine.
What does the hybrid meant for the Suzuki models?
For the three models to get the hybrid engine, Suzuki claims that the models offer up to 20 per cent lower CO2 emissions, a greater level of torque and 15 per cent better fuel efficiency. In addition, these models get manual transmission. Similar in basic principle to Suzuki's 12V Hybrid in 2016, the newly developed 48V Hybrid powertrain is just as lightweight in design and the components add less than 15kg to the overall weight of the vehicle
This 48v li-on battery coupled with an integrated starter generator (ISG) and 48V-12V converter to power components give the cars more torque at 235 Nm from 2,000 rpm, especially during take off. It works to lower voltage including lights, audio and air conditioning. Moreover, the ISG acts as both a generator and starter motor. The batt is placed under the front seats to lower overall weight distribution.
A further benefit of the new 48V Hybrid system is the introduction of electric motor idling when the clutch is disengaged and the engine speed is approximately 1,000rpm. This feature essentially replaces fuel injection with power from the electric motor to then control and maintain engine idling at lowest vehicle speeds. This function therefore eliminates fuel consumption under these conditions as engine momentum is electrically controlled by the ISG unit and the car is ready to re-accelerate on request with no engine restart delay.
Suzuki will make this official come March 2020.