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.

  • 2011 Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept
  • Year:
    2011
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  • Engine:
    2.0-liter inline-four gas engine/15-kW motor unit that’s tied to a 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion battery
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    144 horsepower
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  • body style:

Exterior and Interior

2011 Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept High Resolution Exterior
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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

2011 Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept High Resolution Drivetrain
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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

2011 Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept High Resolution Exterior
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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

2011 Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept High Resolution Exterior
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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.

2011 Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept High Resolution Exterior
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    • Not a lot of exterior and interior changes
    • Tough market to break into
    • Waiting for production version
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32 comments:

  (419) posted on 07.17.2012

The illuminating light must not be the only reason to like this car. It has been years that Suzuki creates the vehicle with spectacular lights in the interior. 

  (553) posted on 07.5.2012

The illuminating light must not be the only reason to like this car. It has been years that Suzuki creates the vehicle with spectacular lights in the interior. 

  (762) posted on 07.3.2012

So, I’m guessing this is an extra-special version.

  (402) posted on 06.29.2012

No matter how you put it, the lights are the most captivating component.

  (630) posted on 05.31.2012

Blue LEDs must be unique part of this vehicle. Other than that is good enough. 

  (314) posted on 05.30.2012

The brilliant lights are its main attraction; they catch most attention.

  (526) posted on 04.24.2012

The lights are beautiful; it’s the one that you will notice first when you see this car. The style is common and simple, but the performance and the EcoCharge concept is great, because of the maximum fuel efficiency it ensures.

  (559) posted on 03.13.2012

It looks inexplicably cute to me. I am also attracted by its lights.

  (714) posted on 03.12.2012

The name is so Japanese, but the appearance is not. Aside from that, there are other more flaws about its looks. The only cool thing about it is its lights.

  (434) posted on 02.1.2012

It was great in the reduction of its weight. I loved the blue luminescence of the car. They have to produce this one, since it has an impressive concept. 

  (498) posted on 01.5.2012

I’m really impressed with this eco-charage 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 has an oozing car appeal!

  (504) posted on 12.20.2011

Its exterior detailing is very admiring! Well, compared to Nissan Altima, I think I would still prefer to have this kizashi even though it is a hybrid concept. Anyway, I hope that it also has an impressive interior.

  (382) posted on 12.13.2011

Even though it is one of the unreliable vehicles today, I would still want to have it for myself. smiley Well, I just really love the irresistible beauty of it even on its dressed-up interior, which looks comfortable with this.

  (692) posted on 11.28.2011

It doesn’t need to have a lot of changes to its exterior and interior, for it is already looking great with that. Well, I must say that when it comes into appearance this one will surely stand out.

  (448) posted on 11.15.2011

I wonder if they really had any plan to put this one on the market. Well, I hope that they truly did, because I will surely wait for this good-looking car, although it didn’t have an impressive engine. smiley

  (337) posted on 10.19.2011

It really looks so cute on its platform and other detailing, and I love the fact that it is still so reliable and very practical to use in my everyday transportation. smiley

  (384) posted on 10.10.2011

I love also the simplicity of this EcoCharge concept, although it is a hybrid car, I must say that it will still hit the market, I’m so sure about that. Anyway, I’m quite curious on its interior features.

  (473) posted on 10.6.2011

EcoCharge concept is looks so cute on its simple platform and appearance. I love the hygienic and decent look of this car, but I don’t that the engine of this can give a better performance on it.

  (459) posted on 09.28.2011

It looks so cute on its simple platform, and I have to agree that the decency of this car is impressive but if I’m not mistaken this car is a hybrid one. Another impressive but unreliable car! smiley

  (592) posted on 09.27.2011

Very trendy modern style. The simple authentic bumper look stunning, even the front color lights. Look so clean and refreshing in the eyes.

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