Suzuki SX4 Hybrid Released in India
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The concept is powered by a 1.2-liter petrol engine obviously tweaked to return low CO2 emission and fuel consumption figures. The engine is mated to a 50-kiloWatt electric motor connected to a lithium-ion battery pack that is capable to drive the car with 0 emissions and fuel consumption. A five-speed semi-automatic transmission is also available.
Earlier variants of the car that were on display at the Tokyo Motor Show were using a General Motors sourced fuel cell system and a Suzuki-designed high pressure hydrogen tank. Together, they are linked to a capacitor which helps the car recover energy during braking. That energy is then used to reduce fuel cell loading under acceleration. The fuel cell version of the SX4 can already be seen on Japanese streets undergoing testing.
As compared to the fuel-cell version, this new model is featuring several aesthetic improvements, such as a new front bumper, new air intakes and redesigned grille.
The Japanese manufacturer hasn't mentioned whether the concept has any chances to enter production or remain in concept form. Still, in case the concept will indeed make it to production, this won't happen sooner than 2012.
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