HYBRID TECHNOLOGY

Looking for great fuel efficiency and a cleaner way to travel? Our new petrol electric hybrid advanced driving system helps to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy.

With Suzuki, going hybrid doesn’t mean you’ll be skimping on performance – quite the opposite. Our hybrid systems are light and compact, and when combined with a lightweight chassis and responsive efficient petrol engine, this means you can expect nimble performance as well as improved efficiency.

Compact and lightweight, the SHVS hybrid incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG). Taking the place of a conventional alternator, the ISG enhances fuel efficiency by assisting the engine during acceleration – which means you’ll use less fuel during the most intensive parts of your journey.

The ISG also generates electricity by recovering energy from deceleration and braking. It detects as soon as you press the brake pedal and recharges both the lithium-ion battery and conventional 12-volt battery.

Put simply, this means our hybrid system helps improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions.

BENEFITS OF THE SUZUKI HYBRID SYSTEM


HYBRID CUSTOMER BENEFITWHYHOW (KEY HYBRID FEATURES)
Use less fuel and drive further between fill ups Up to 20% improvement in fuel efficiency versus equivalent vehicle without hybrid Electric motor restarts the petrol engine (after engine auto stop).
Electric motor assists the petrol engine during acceleration.
Electric motor idles the engine and stops fuel injection during low speed deceleration
Reduced greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions C02 emissions up to 17% lower than non-hybrid As above
Lower BIK tax liability for company car drivers Reduction of up to 5 BIK tax bands versus non-hybrid as above
Enhanced engine responsiveness Higher engine maximum torque output than non-hybrid Additional electric motor torque output enhances normal engine torque output at low rpm
No compromise - Suzuki product strengths are kept Lightweight for efficiency and driving fun. No intrusion to practical and surprisingly spacious interiors Compact components with minimal added weight.
All hybrid components are within the engine bay or under driver/passenger seats
No Compromise - drive like you always have Self-charging hybrid technology Lithium-ion battery that is charged from energy that is usually lost during deceleration and braking

HOW OUR HYBRID SYSTEM WORKS

The Integrated Starter Generator used in our hybrid system is belt driven, which makes restart quieter and smoother than other stop start systems - without the noise from the starter motor gears.

The only time our hybrid system uses the conventional engine starter motor is when the car’s first started from cold. The rest of the time, it uses the ISG unit to allow smooth and quiet engine restarts that you’ll barely notice.

Once you’re on the move and building up speed, the ISG will assist the engine during the during fuel-consuming acceleration. Then, while you’re cruising, the electricity that was stored during acceleration is used to power some of the electrical components in the car. At the same time, performance is maximised by focusing the power of the engine on driving instead of charging.

As you begin to slow down, the ISG efficiently converts the kinetic energy to electrical energy, charging both batteries – and when you apply the brakes, generation output increases to charge the battery further.

As our hybrid vehicles use an Engine Auto Stop Start system, the engine will automatically stop after you begin to decelerate to make sure fuel is being used as efficiently as possible. As soon as you put your foot on the clutch, the ISG re-starts the engine again with barely a shudder.