The new mechanical combo developed by the brand in India can be mounted on different models.
Suzuki has announced plans to go with a range-extended hybrid powertrain. similar to the e-Power system equipped in Nissan models, This means that the movement of the wheels will be carried out by electric motors, but the charging of the batteries will be done via a combustion engine. . This type of mechanics provides the the refueling times of a thermal car, but the performance and advantages of an electric model including its instant torque.
The Suzuki Fronx, in its next facelift, will be the first model of the brand to mount this technology under its hood . In this way, its Heartect platform of low weight and high rigidity will be complemented by even better performance than current ones, without changing the final weight of the vehicle too much, since it does not take into account the enormous battery sizes.
Although this technology is not innovative, its good results and efficiency have made it a model to follow. A benchmark in this area is Nissan, with its e-Power system, which uses this configuration for the operation of the powertrain, where the combustion engine does not directly drive the vehicle, but is mounted only as a generator.
All advances for the production of this technology are made on Indian soil, where the experience with its mild hybrid models has been positive, laying the foundations for this new system. It is important to emphasize that Suzuki has no partner for this development, being completely autonomous in this process. .
This new production hybrid powertrain should be much cheaper to produce than a conventional hybrid system. After the Fronx, other models like the Suzuki Swift, Baleno and new models that will be launched between 2025 and 2027 are expected to adopt this new technology. It is expected that sooner or later the new mechanical combo will end up reaching other less asphalted segments, such as the SUV range, such as Vitara, Jimny, among others.
The basis of this propulsion assembly will be the new three-cylinder Z12E engine, which will act as an electricity generator load a small battery, with up to 2 kWh ability. East From this battery the electric motor will be able to extract the energy necessary for its operation. while the combustion engine will always be responsible for maintaining optimal charge levels to have a quick and efficient response in any situation.
Suzuki’s strategy aims to offer its customers a wide range of hybrid vehicles of different types, without neglecting its total electrification projects. By the end of the decade, the brand will offer mild hybrid options, “series hybrids” (as Suzuki calls these extended-range hybrids) and conventional hybrids (HEV), in addition to 100% electric (EV). For the development of conventional hybrids, Suzuki is taking advantage of its alliance with Toyota, one of the undisputed leaders in this field.