Δύο πρωτότυπα βασισμένα στο Kizashi παρουσίασε στη Νέα Υόρκη η Suzuki. To πρώτο είναι το Kizashi EcoCharge, ένα υβριδικό αυτοκίνητο το οποίο συνδυάζει τον 2.0-λιτρο βενζινοκινητήρα απόδοσης 146 ίππων με 173 Nm ροπής, με έναν μικρό ηλεκτροκινητήρα 15 kW ο οποίος τροφοδοτείται από μπαταρίες ιόντων λιθίου χωρητικότητας 15 kWh. Το Kizashi EcoCharge είναι βαμμένο σε λευκό χρώμα και διαθέτει νέα φωτιστικά σώματα, LED προβολείς ομίχλης και ζάντες αλουμινίου με ελαστικά χαμηλής τριβής. Χάρη στον ηλεκτροκινητήρα, το αυτοκίνητο καταναλώνει 25% λιγότερο, σε σχέση με τον 2.0-λιτρο Kizashi.


Το δεύτερο μοντέλο είναι το Kizashi Apex Concept το οποίο φορά τον τετρακύλινδρο DOHC 2.4-λίτρων turbo κινητήρα απόδοσης γύρω στα 275 με 300 άλογα. Η τουρμπίνα του κινητήρα είναι η 2871 R της Garrett/Honeywell ενώ φορά και νέο intercooler. Το Apex Concept διαθέτει xenon φωτιστικά σώματα, LED προβολείς ομίχλης και 19″ ζάντες αλουμινίου με ελαστικά Yokohama S.Drive διαστάσεων 245/35. Στο εσωτερικό ξεχωρίζουν οι μαύρες δερμάτινες και οι μπλε επενδύσεις από Alcantara στα καθίσματα και στο τιμόνι.

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SUZUKI REVEALS KIZASHI ECOCHARGE CONCEPT AT 2011 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

Innovative Gas-Electric Concept Leads Automaker’s U.S. Advanced Propulsion Strategy

NEW YORK (April 19, 2011) – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a gas-electric concept variant of its Kizashi sedan at the company’s 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) press conference this evening. With the moniker Kizashi EcoCharge Concept, this innovative and eye-catching four-door further illustrates Suzuki’s global eco-mobility story, and accentuates the company’s effort in socially-conscious motoring.

“We are continuing to study the virtues of the gas-electric technology found in the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept,” said Steve Younan, director of automotive marketing and product planning for American Suzuki Motor Corporation. “Our basic concept was to attain substantial gains in fuel economy without the traditional sacrifices in drivability required with today’s mid-size hybrid sedans. The proof of our concept is that the Kizashi EcoCharge has the capability to deliver a 25 percent fuel economy gain in real-world driving through an electric charge to the powertrain system while still retaining the production Kizashi’s dynamic handling and braking advantages that make it a standout category performer.”

Kizashi Powertrain Electrification

The Kizashi EcoCharge Concept derives power from a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine, working in tandem with an advanced electric propulsion system, which consists of a liquid-cooled 15-kW motor/generator unit tied to a 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion battery. The combination optimizes fuel economy and delivers an electric power boost during acceleration for a more spirited driving experience. The Kizashi EcoCharge Concept delivers a 25 percent lift to highway fuel economy over today’s Kizashi.

To help maximize efficiency, the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept also utilizes numerous fuel-conserving technologies, including regenerative braking, automatic engine shut-off when the car comes to a stop, fuel cut-off during deceleration events and low-rolling resistance tires.

Power management is provided via an advanced six-speed automatic transmission designed for smooth operation and a seamless flow of power when called upon by the driver.

Simple, But Striking Exterior Styling

The exterior of the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept is highlighted by a unique luminescent white satin paint design with a subtle blue undercoat. To further set the concept apart from its production Kizashi sibling, it has been given a specialized headlight treatment, as well as LED foglight illumination integrated into the front fascia. The lightweight aluminum wheels communicate a futuristic feel, and are wrapped in low-rolling resistance tires.

Eco-friendly Interior

Within, the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept utilizes advanced seat materials. These materials require 84 percent less energy to produce, and create 80 percent fewer emissions than virgin material production.

Kizashi EcoCharge Concept Specifications

Engine

Type: J20B DOHC I-4
Displacement (cu in / cc): 1,998
Valvetrain: Intake-VVT
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 144 / 106 @ 6500 rpm
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm) 127 / 173 @ 4500 rpm
Fuel economy target (Hwy): 25 percent improvement over production Kizashi

Transmission

Type: 6-speed automatic

Electric Drive System

Type: Belt-driven, liquid-cooled induction motor/generator unit and lithium-ion battery system; air-cooled power electronics and battery pack
Maximum electric generating power: 15 kW @ 1,570-3,180 rpm
Maximum electric motor power(electric assist): 15 hp / 11.2kW @ 1000-2200 rpm
Lithium-ion battery: 115V, 0.5-kWh, 15 kW peak power

SUZUKI DEBUTS KIZASHI APEX CONCEPT AT 2011 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

Turbocharged Sport Sedan Conveys Iconic Suzuki Sportbike Heritage

NEW YORK (April 19, 2011) – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a turbo concept version of its Kizashi sport sedan at the company’s 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) press conference this evening. The turbocharged Kizashi Apex Concept showcases the link between Suzuki’s automotive division and its championship-winning motorcycles.

“Our turbo-equipped concept leverages the already-exceptional Kizashi platform and infuses it with a substantial boost,” said Steve Younan, director of automotive marketing and product planning, American Suzuki Motor Corporation. “The Kizashi Apex Concept will further elevate our flagship sedan in the U.S. among enthusiasts who crave added power and performance.”

More Power Under the Hood

The Kizashi Apex Concept features a Garrett turbocharger, an air-to-liquid intercooler, electronic boost control, and a specific engine control unit calibration to provide outstanding drivability. The system takes the Kizashi’s peak output into the 275-300 horsepower range, with a maximum boost of 8.5 psi. This powertrain is matched exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Specific system components are as follows:

• Garrett/Honeywell 2871 R ball bearing turbocharger • Internally wastegated 0.86 A/R turbine housing • Oil and water cooled bearing system • Turbine housing cast from high-nickel “Ni-Resist” material for extreme applications • Turbine wheel cast from lightweight iconel materials for extreme applications

Key to the Kizashi Apex Concept’s performance is its air-to-liquid intercooler, purposed for more effective charge air cooling in a smaller package. The unit’s relatively small heat exchanger and circulation pump are designed to be minimally intrusive to vehicle cooling. The intercooler’s primary advantage comes from the reduction in the overall length of ducting, which results in faster throttle response and a lower turbo lag, giving peak boost faster than most air-to-air intercooler systems. For impressive engine breathing, the Apex Concept utilizes a free flowing true dual exhaust system.

Race Bike Grapics

The livery on the Kizashi Apex Concept is based on the actual Suzuki superbike race design theme and highlights the vehicle’s bloodline connection to Suzuki’s GSX-R Superbike. For a more expressive front-end, the lower fascia wears customized LED-based foglights. The Apex Concept is shod with Yokohama S.Drive 245/35-R19 tires, featuring advanced nanotechnology micro-fiber compound to maximize traction in both wet and dry conditions. The wheels are lightweight performance alloys with a “burnt asphalt” finish to communicate this Kizashi turbo’s high level of performance. To make sure all this power is put to use in the right place, the Kizashi Apex Concept uses Suzuki’s Euro-spec high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.

Race-inspired Interior

The Kizashi Apex Concept’s cabin receives an eye-catching treatment in black leather, with laser blue Alcantara® accents on the sport seats and steering wheel.

Kizashi Apex Concept Specifications

Turbo GT2871R
PN 707160-10
CHRA PN 446179-67
Bearing Ball
Cooling Oil & Water
Ind Whl Dia 51.2mm
Exd Whl Dia 71.0mm
Trim 52
A/R 0.60
Whl Dia 53.9mm
Trim 76
A/R 0.64
Type Wastegated
Engine 2.4L DOHC I-4
Projected Engine Peak Power 275-300 hp @ 5800-6200 rpm
Mass Air Flow at Peak Power 27.6 lb/min (0.209 kg/sec)
Maximum Pressure Boost Level for Desired Air Flow from Turbo 8.5 psi (1.5 bar absolute)
Fuel Flow at Peak Power 123 lbs/hr (312 cc/min/injector – 4 injectors)