Suzuki S-Cross becomes micro-hybrid
Suzuki electrifies its models one after the other. Swift, Ignis, Vitara, it’s now the turn of the compact S-Cross to go hybrid. As usual at Suzuki, it’s a micro-hybridization, derived from an already existing gasoline engine.
One more micro-hybrid for Suzuki
The Japanese automaker continues its gradual conversion to hybrid. The S-Cross in turn electrifies itself and now offers its 1.4 Boosterjet petrol engine with the in-house 48V SHVS assistance. A starter-alternator has been added to this engine to reduce fuel consumption. The brand indicates a potential fuel saving of 19 to 21% depending on the NEDC cycle, somewhat far from real-world use. A 48V lithium-ion battery supplies power to the starter-alternator, which will assist the engine block when needed, either during the starting or acceleration phase (“Boost” function). The system automatically recovers energy during braking and deceleration, during which time it can cut off the injection before the vehicle stops when the driver disengages the clutch to pick up a few more decilitres of unleaded fuel.