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Jeep Renegade 1.5 GSE 48V Mild Hybrid

Portrait of the Jeep Renegade 1.5 GSE 48V mild hybrid

Jeep Renegade 1.5 GSE 48V mild hybrid on test. Since 2018, Jeep has provided the new-generation Renegade with a significant update and has been offering a current engine with a mild hybrid system since spring 2022. While Jeep started out with large-volume 3- or 4-liter engines in the past, the current focus is on downsizing in the engine segment and electrification will probably take place in the near future.

Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 BOOSTERJET HYBRID model year 2022

Test Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 BOOSTERJET HYBRID model year 2022

The sixth generation Swift has been on sale in Europe since 2017. With the use of a new platform, on which the Suzuki Baleno is based in a modified form, the weight could be reduced to 1.095 kg for the sports version. The rear door handles of the exclusively five-door vehicle are now located next to the C-pillar, the front grille is more emphasized. Due to the stricter European emission values, the manufacturer is currently relying on the mild hybrid version with a 48-volt system for sports. The Swift we tested is powered by a four-cylinder engine with direct injection as a mild hybrid version. Are the sporting values ​​convincing?

Suzuki Vitara AllGrip 1,4 Boosterjet

Suzuki Vitara AllGrip 2020 in the mild hybrid trend

The Vitara has been part of the universally usable SUV, which is designed for everyday use and off-road use, since 1988. The fourth generation of the on- and off-roader can now be found on the streets with a facelift from 2018. As with all manufacturers, Suzuki relies on downsizing and mild hybrid technology for all car models to reduce exhaust emissions in conventional gasoline engines.

Auto mechanic checks the voltage with a voltmeter - Copyright romaset @ fotoila.com

Manufacturers rely on 48-volt mild hybrids

In contrast to its big brothers - the plug-in hybrid and the full hybrid - the mild hybrids are not able to drive routes purely electrically. The combustion engine is required for the drive in mild hybrids and is usually supported by a weak electric motor. The electric machine serves as a generator and e-machine and can also replace the alternator at the same time. While “real” hybrid vehicles or electric cars are equipped with a high-voltage network of at least 110 volts (400-volt systems are common), the opposite development is also being further developed with a 48-volt drive.

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