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New Suzuki Vitara Full-Hybrid model launched for 2022

In 2021, a report from Austrian site Die Motorprofis that went over future Suzuki models in a special story suggested a Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid will show up in January2022 Moreover, it claimed that the next-gen Suzuki Vitara will follow in 2024, 10 years after the existing generation compact SUV debuted at the Paris Motor Show.

Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid

As reported, a Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid has silently shown up in Europe. Netherlands and Poland are amongst the first markets to have gotten the Suzuki hybrid SUV. The collaborative business contract in between Suzuki and Toyota does include sourcing the latter’s hybrid system (Toyota Hybrid System) for Suzuki designs. Suzuki appears to have developed a new powertrain in this case.

Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid rear three quarter
Like all other HEVs, the Vitara Full Hybrid functions Suzuki’s trademark black & blue ‘Hybrid’ badge on its tailgate.

Also called Suzuki Vitara Strong Hybrid, the HEV uses a brand-new ‘K15 C’ 1.5-litre MPI naturally aspirated fuel engine, a new electrical motor, and a new lithium-ion battery pack. The engine produces 75 kW (102 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm at 4,400 rpm. The electrical motor generates 24.6 kW and 60 Nm using energy stored in a 3.4 kWh (140 V, 24 Ah) lithium-ion battery pack. The combined power of the petrol engine and the electrical motor is 85 kW (115 PS).

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A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard in the Vitara Full Hybrid, while the Allgrip 4WD system is readily available as an alternative. The 2WD setups provide a fuel economy of approximately 18.9 km/l and the 4WD configurations as much as 17.5 km/l. Their CO2 emissions are as low as 121 g/km and 130 g/km, respectively.

The pulling capability of the Vitara Full Hybrid is 1,200 kg, which is 300 kg lower than that of the Vitara Mild Hybrid. Suzuki has actually put the traction battery pack in the boot. As an outcome, the area is below 362 litres (rear seats up)/642 litres (rear seats down)/ 1,119 litres (max. volume) to 289 litres (rear seats up)/569 litres (rear seats up)/ 1,046 litres (max. volume).

In the Netherlands, the Vitara Full Hybrid’s prices start at EUR 28,250, and deliveries will begin by March. In Poland, the Vitara Strong Hybrid costs PLN 107,500(EUR 23,646) onwards. The competitors will consist of designs like Hyundai Kona, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008, Citroen C3 Aircross, and VW T-Cross.

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On the Suzuki Vitara PHEV

The Die Motorprofis report had stated that the next-gen Vitara following in 2024 will be available with a plug-in hybrid system. No details of this reported plug-in hybrid system have actually appeared. It is safe to assume that the K15 C engine-based full-hybrid system would reappear in the next generation, and the PHEV might be another internal Suzuki powertrain, with a long Electric mode range.

2020 Suzuki Vitara mild hybrid rear quarters UK
Suzuki might stretch the tenure of the current-gen Vitara to mid-decade with the new hybrid system. Image: Suzuki

Suzuki electrification method

From the statements it has made up until now, the company is not bullish on electrical automobiles in the very first half of the decade. In the statement on 24 February 2021 on the mid-term strategy (Apr 2021– Mar 2026), Suzuki provided an outline. It stated with regard to CO 2 emissions, it would establish electrification innovations by 2025, and carry out these in cars from 2025, and make a major quantitative increase from2030 It devoted to investing ¥ 1 trillion into R&D, such as electrification, over the next 5 years.

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