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?
Michio Suzuki founded the company Suzuki Loom Manufacturing as early as 1920. The original loom manufacturer has grown into one of the most important motorcycle, car and outboard engine manufacturers in the world over the last few decades.
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.
The Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) and the Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) have announced in a press release that they will be expanding their cooperation. A memorandum of understanding on the business partnership was signed on February 6, 2017 and the specific details of this cooperation have been considered since then.
With the Swift, Suzuki has had one of the best-selling models in its portfolio for many years. For the current version it has been completely renewed and scores as a lightweight in the small car segment with an empty weight of 950 kg in the basic version. Suzuki also uses the mild hybrid variant with a 48-volt system for its conventional models. The Swift we tested is powered by a three-cylinder engine as a mild hybrid version. In the portrait we present the essential details and test it intensively under summer conditions.
For Suzuki, the 48-volt mild hybrid system is a permanent fixture in the small and compact car segment this year. The Baleno came off the production line in the original version with 3 body variants until 2001. Now Suzuki has the current Baleno built exclusively in the hatchback version with 5 doors. The prospect of savings in fuel consumption can be achieved especially with large-volume gasoline engines with the appropriate driving style. We test the 1,2-liter 4-cylinder engine in short-distance traffic in frosty outside temperatures. The promises made by ... Continue reading "Practical test mild hybrid Suzuki Baleno 2018