2011 Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

Suzuki has big plans for its flagship model, the Kizashi . That much we already know. What we didn’t expect though was that the model would be branching out with different variants.

At the New York Auto Show, the Japanese automaker further cemented their intention of giving its customers new options for the sedan by unveiling a couple of concept cars tied up to its name.

One of these concepts is the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept, a hybrid vehicle Suzuki is preparing to compete against the likes of the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight , among other hybrid cars out on the market these days.

While Suzuki hasn’t had any discussions on the production plans for the car, we’d be very surprised if this model doesn’t get greenlighted for production soon, especially when you consider that the market is ripe for other brands to enter and give its established rivals a run for their money.

Either way, its looking more and more likely that the hybrid wars will have to make room for another vehicle.

Details on the Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept after the jump.

Exterior and Interior

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

Just like the Kizashi Apex Concept, the EcoCharge version doesn’t come with a whole lot of styling changes, but since it’s technically a concept, a number of elements were nevertheless added. Chief among them include a luminescent white satin paint finish that has a blue undercoat, modified headlamps, LED fog lights, and a set of bespoke alloy wheels.

Performance

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

As with any other hybrid car, the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept comes with a 2.0-liter inline-four gas engine producing 144 horsepower to go along with an electric propulsion system made up of a liquid-cooled 15-kW motor unit that’s tied to a 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion battery. In order to make the most out of the engine, Suzuki gave the concept Kizashi items like a regenerative braking, a start/stop system, and a fuel-cut off system, all of which were added to ensure maximum fuel efficiency. Complete figures of the car were not released, but according to Suzuki, the EcoCharge Concept is 25% more efficient over the standard Kizashi when it comes to highway fuel efficiency.

Pricing

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

No pricing details were revealed for the EcoCharge Concept, but we’re optimistic that we’re going to see a production version of this Kizazhi hybrid sooner rather than later.

Competition

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

What Toyota started with the Prius has evolved into an automotive free-for-all for hybrid supremacy among automakers all over the world. While it’s late to the party, Suzuki is nonetheless gunning for the established names in the market segment, particularly its Japanese rivals that include the aforementioned Prius, the Honda Insight, and the Nissan Altima Hybrid.

Despite its neophyte status in the hybrid segment, Suzuki is determined to give the Kizashi EcoCharge as much ammunition as it can possibly get, and while it’s going to have its hands full trying to knock its competitors off of their respective perches, we do know that Suzuki is going to bring the fight straight to them.

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept
LOVE IT
  • A new option for hybrid cars
  • Powertrain could be better
  • Lights configuration looks cool
LEAVE IT
  • Not a lot of exterior and interior changes
  • Tough market to break into
  • Waiting for production version

32 comments:

This ecocharge concept is really having a cute platform and appearance especially on its front. I also noticed its wheel, seems so cool for it but I’m just kind of disappointed on it for being an unreliable car.

This ecocharge concept is really having a cute platform and appearance especially on its front. I also noticed its wheel, seems so cool for it but I’m just kind of disappointed on it for being an unreliable car.

This EcoCharge is really cute. I noticed that it had a cool wheel and decency which I found so impressive! I just hoped that TopSpeed also had some pictures of the interior features of this car.

Seems everyone are so impressed and fond with this ecocharge concept, well I can’t blame them and I must say that me either is so impressed with this, and the front headlights of it is cool.

Well, I’m really impressed with this ecocharge concept, obviously this car is so simple but the automaker of it know how to apply or make it a "simple beauty" concept car that really have an oozing car appeal! Congratulations for that!

Wow is all that I can say! The headlights are great. I wonder if it has a fog light for emergency purposes. The wheels are also great. It makes the car luxurious looking. The fact that it is not a gas guzzler will surely the high light of this one.

I don’t think that Nissan Altima Hybrid can beat this Kizashi the evidence is so clear, although they are both hybrid cars but with the looks Kizashi has a better looking. 

It seems that the guys at Suzuki has already given the thumbs up sign for the Kizashi, so we will probably be going to see the production version soon. I just don’t know which one they will be basing it on.

I couldn’t agree more, this one is definitely a great design. Now there is only one thing missing here. Hello, Suzuki people, aren’t you going to put this one into production yet?

With all the hybrid cars, I think this is has the coolest design, I like the luxurious detailing in the exterior its so cool!

I like how this car looks. The design for the exterior is awesome and i find the wheel so aggressive plus the LED compliment with those sexy headlights.

One thing that I am really liking about the Kizashi EcoCharge is that it is in fact a hybrid. It’s a good thing that Subaru did go with this one, since it really shows how important performance is toto them.

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