SAY HI, TO HYBRID!

It’s safe to say it’s been a strange first half of the year, but as we begin to move forward and into what we can consider our new normality, we thought we’d bring you some news from Suzuki and their continuation of a cleaner way to travel post lockdown.

In news just in, Hybrid is now at the Heart of the Suzuki brand as self-charging HYBRID technology has been added to the entire Suzuki range (with the exception of the Jimny!), giving you greater fuel economy, lower CO2 emissions and a longer driving range compared to the previous equivalent Suzuki petrol models, all without having to plug the car into charge!

Suzuki Hybrid Range

How does it work we hear you ask?

We’ve broken it down into 3 simple sections below.

• WHAT DOES HYBRID MEAN?

No it’s not a silly question, there are a number of electric and hybrid systems out there and this somewhat new terminology can often leave our heads in a twist.

To put it simply – All Hybrid vehicles have a conventional petrol or diesel engine, as well as an electric motor that is powered by an additional battery. The electric motor works in tandem with the petrol or diesel engine to help use less fuel.

Several Hybrids operate large batteries that you plug in to charge and the vehicle is able to travel some distance using the electric motor alone. This type of vehicle is known as a plug-in hybrid.

Other Hybrids operate batteries that are charged by recovering energy as the vehicle decelerates and brakes and do not need plugged in. These are self-charging Hybrids and are the kind that Suzuki have adopted across the range.

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• FIVE REASONS TO CONSIDER A SUZUKI HYBRID

1. LOWER RUNNING COSTS

Having that extra battery in your vehicle has a number of advantages, not only will it help power your car and relieve some of the load normally taken by the standard 12-volt battery but the most noticeable benefit to drivers will be the reduced costs of running a Hybrid versus a non-hybrid petrol model!

Based on the official WLTP combined fuel consumption figures, having the Hybrid system provide electrical assistance to the petrol or diesel engine in your car can improve fuel economy by up to 15% compared to non-hybrid Suzuki models.

2. LOWER CO2 EMISSIONS

We’re sure you would agree, improving fuel economy by up to 15% is an impressive reduction on all accounts but the savings don’t stop there…

Having an electric motor taking the load off of the conventional engine also means greater efficiency and decreasing your cars carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 25%.

We can see why Hybrid is becoming so popular!

3. NO CHARGING NEEDED

We often hear from those worried about charging a Hybrid. Well, fear not. There’s no charging needed with the Suzuki Hybrid Range.

As they recover the energy normally lost during braking and deceleration and store it, these Hybrid cars charge the battery themselves!

Say no more.

4. A SMOOTHER DRIVE

With greater efficiency comes a smoother drive.

The Suzuki Hybrid system uses an electric motor called an integrated starter generator (ISG). This acts as a starter motor when the engine is auto-stopped. You might notice this when stopped at the traffic lights for example. The Hybrid engine restart is smoother and quieter than those cars with a traditional starter motor.

On models such as the Swift Sport, Vitara and S-Cross, having the HYBRID system also helps improve performance as it enhances the engines torque output at low rpm, resulting in your driving experience feeling smoother and more responsive.

Sounding better by the minute, right?

5. NO NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU DRIVE

Suzuki going Hybrid doesn’t mean you’ll be suppressing performance – quite the opposite in fact!

The Hybrid components are light and compact, meaning your Suzuki will still be nifty, nimble and fun to drive, while keeping its practical interior space without any compromise.

To recap – that’s no hassles and no need to change your driving style whatsoever all while enjoying a smoother, more efficient performance AND saving a few pennies!

Still wondering if you should sign up?

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• WHY IT MAKES SENSE

We know the future is moving towards electric vehicles but right now many car owners are still raising questions over cover per charge and the practicalities of how and where to charge a fully electric vehicle.

The aim of the Suzuki Hybrid Range is to make sure you are covered with the option of cars that are cleaner to drive going forward.

• An electric motor assists the petrol/diesel engine, which is powered by an extra lithium-ion battery.

• The electric motor enhances the maximum torque output of the engine at low rpm (in Swift Sport, S-Cross and Vitara models) to deliver a more responsive drive.

• Fuel efficiency is increased by up to 15% while reducing CO2 emissions by around 25%, according to the official WLTP combined fuel consumption test verus non-hybrid Suzuki petrol models.

We’d call that capable with a side of cost-effective!

Be part of the future with Suzuki’s self-charging Hybrid technology. Enquire today.