Similar in basic principle to the 12V Hybrid system that Suzuki pioneered in 2016 and which is now fitted to all manual transmission models in the Ignis and Swift ranges, the newly developed 48V Hybrid Powertrain remains very lightweight in design and its components add less than 15kg to the overall weight of the vehicle.
The new and higher-powered Suzuki system consists of a 48V lithium-ion battery, Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) and 48V-12V (DC/DC) converter to power components requiring lower voltage including lights, audio and air conditioning. The ISG acts as both a generator and starter motor, is belt driven and assists the petrol engine during vehicle take off for a higher level of torque with 235Nm available from 2,000rpm.
A further benefit of the new 48V Hybrid system is the introduction of electric motor idling when the clutch is disengaged. This feature essentially replaces fuel injection with power from the electric motor to then control and maintain engine idling at vehicle speeds below approximately 50mph and until engine automatic stop activates below approximately 10mph.
This function therefore eliminates fuel consumption under these conditions as engine momentum is electrically controlled by the ISG unit and the car is ready to re-accelerate on request with no engine restart delay.
Full specifications, equipment lists and further images of the new Hybrid models are available on the Suzuki media website.
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