Automatic selection – Suzuki Vitara Hybrid 6AGS test drive – Car engine

Although Suzuki and Toyota signed a strategic partnership agreement a few years ago, this is only available on cars in each other’s dealerships for the time being: Toyota-branded Toyota is sold in Suzuki dealerships (Across, Swace), Suzuki can be purchased as a Toyota in India and South Africa. the parties go their own ways. The best example of this is that Suzuki did not adapt the partner’s deservedly famous planetary self-charging hybrid drive to the models being made in Esztergom, but its own Strong Hybrid system, which is only indicated from the outside by a badge with a black background.

There is no change in the dashboard, the robotic gearbox also gets a conventional pre-selection lever. The same system diagram provides information as for the soft hybrid, but there is also Eco mode, which can be activated with a switch to the left of the steering wheel

In Japan, the self-charging hybrid-powered Swift was launched in the summer of 2017, with an electric motor (13.6 hp / 30 Nm) in addition to the 1.2-liter (91 hp / 118 Nm) petrol engine in the 5-speed robotic transmission. The latter product may seem low, but keep in mind that this means immediate torque, while the higher value of 118 Nm for a petrol engine can only be achieved at high revs; at low tempo, no more is needed. Engineers have scaled the system so that the electric motor alone can start the car and the rhythm of city traffic can be maintained with careful accelerator pedaling. Of course, if you have to hurry, the power of the electric motor is added to that of the petrol engine – due to the larger capacity of the battery, this system can help longer and with more power than the soft hybrid solution – and the brake energy recovery is much higher than the deceleration.

The high-voltage battery fills the space under the cargo floor

What is the advantage of Suzuki’s solution over Toyota’s system? Cheapness. The existing model with manual transmission will include an electric motor and a high-voltage battery, the latter also required for Toyota’s system, but the planetary unit will still need to be adapted, and the classic all-wheel drive, with a separate rear drive unit, will not be available. should be developed. Plus, the Suzuki Strong Hybrid can be used with any manual transmission, just think of the long-engined Jimny, which is currently exiled to the commercial vehicle role in its maritime days in Europe; does not comment on future product information for Suzuki, but the rear seat in the prototype body prototypes provided in the spy photos is also visible…

In the case of the soft hybrid, the electric unit is connected to the internal combustion engine with a strap, in the case of the self-charging hybrid shown here, it drives directly into the gearbox.

But let’s just get back to the present when the Vitara self-charging hybrid version is the topic. The customer’s job isn’t made easier by the fact that depending on where we meet him, the Strong Hybrid, Dualjet Hybrid and Hybrid 6AGS are also referred to as the same system. The biggest novelty is that so far in this bodywork (due to the S-Cross, the plural number in the bodywork would be correct, but we still have to wait a few months), the 1.5-liter four-cylinder intake engine with K15C engine code was not yet available. it has a power output of 102 hp and a 33 hp / 60 Nm electric motor driven by a 6-speed manual transmission with automatic clutch and electric motors. The system output is up to 115 hp – the control electronics feed the electric motor in such a way that the car cannot exceed this value. The high-voltage (140 V) battery that powers the hybrid system is installed under the boot floor – the 73-liter underfloor compartment is eliminated – its capacity has not been revealed, but as is the case with standard self-charging hybrids, it has enough knowledge to cover up to a few kilometers. The whole system increases the weight of the car by 80 kg, reducing the load capacity to 480-465 kg depending on whether it is a front or all-wheel drive Vita.


The self-charging hybrid runs quietly and smoothly, and the electric motor can also be heard during engine braking. The AGS robotic design combines the benefits of manual and automatic transmissions

Due to the higher weight and lower power, it should come as no surprise that the Vitara self-charging hybrid is not as agile as the turbocharged soft hybrid, but the fineness of the operation was a surprise to me. When we got to know the robotic gearboxes in the late ’90s, early 2000s, they had in common the slow, nodding operation that Suzuki’s engineers almost completely eliminated with the targeted use of the electric motor. There is a slight delay when accelerating with a large throttle, in which case the electric motor gives all its power, there is no extra power for refinement, and in the case of sudden acceleration, when the gear is shifted back into several gears at once, the “robot shift” can be felt. Drivers accustomed to today’s cars will be surprised even by the strong engine braking effect, which is accompanied even by the soft howl of the electric motor. During the few kilometers of driving test, I drove the car on a country road, we can report on the city experience – the real essence of the system – and then after the test.

AllGrip all-wheel drive is an easy extra charge

Suzuki is helping to spread the new self-charging hybrid drive by phasing out soft hybrid models with a 6-speed automatic transmission as it arrives. For the time being, the hybrid 6AGS drive can be selected with only two equipment, the second GL + and the top GLX Panorama level, the base price is HUF 8,410,000, which means a surcharge of HUF 2,160,000 for the same equipment and drive. There are markets where self-charging hybrid propulsion does little to do this in terms of taxation, so when maintaining a vehicle, but we are more likely to choose only those who cannot give up the automatic transmission.

Suzuki Vitara hibrid 6AGS
Total stroke volume: 1462 cm3
Cylinders / valves: S4 / 16
Max. Power: 75 kW (102 hp) 6000 rpm
Max. Torque: 138 Nm 4400 / min
Max. Power: 24.6 kW (33.5 hp)
Max. Torque: 60 Nm
Max power: 85 kW (115 hp)
Hossz./szél./mag.: 4175/1775/1610 mm
Wheelbase: 2500 mm
Weight / load capacity: 1245/480 (1315/465) kg
Luggage compartment: 289-1046 l
Fuel tank: 47 l
0-100 km / h: 12.7 (13.5) s
Maximum speed: 180 km / h
Average consumption: 5.3-5.6 (5.8-6.0) l / 100 km
CO2 emissions: 121-126 (132-137) g / km
Base price of the model: 8 410 000 (9 150 000)
Details of the all-wheel drive version in brackets

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