New York, New York – Suzuki has unveiled a concept gasoline-electric version of its Kizashi sedan at the New York International Auto Show.

Called the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept, the model “illustrates Suzuki’s global eco-mobility story and accentuates the company’s effort in socially conscious motoring,” the company said.

“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. “Our basic concept was to attain substantial gains in fuel economy without the traditional sacrifices in driveability required with today’s midsize hybrid sedans. The proof of our concept is that the Kizashi EcoCharge has the capability to deliver a 25 per cent 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 concept car uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine working in tandem with a liquid-cooled 15-kilowatt motor/generator unit and 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion battery. It uses a six-speed automatic transmission and several fuel-conserving technologies, including regenerative braking, automatic shut-off at a stop, fuel cutoff during deceleration and low-rolling-resistance tires.

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