Do not let the routine Suzuki Crossover Hybrid look fool you

Suzuki has a fleet of vehicles that, before talking about their quality, talk about their uniqueness – and that’s already up. Ignis, for example, is a unique port in the mini category. The knotted Vitara has the look of a Jeep Jeep, the Jimny is a real Jeep with a fan base from Dan to Eilat, and Swift is naughty and young. On top of that there is a Suzuki crossover, which is a little less, or if we want to be nice, we call it “the other”.

“Why, what’s wrong?”, The offended will be offended in the name of the Japanese manufacturer. Well today, when there is a loud shelling at the level of visibility, and important is the first picture that goes up on Instagram, the above crossover is pretty standard and routine, inside and out. But what, if you clear the background noises of exterior looks and trendy gadgets and start driving – you will find that he serves as a wonderful host.

There’s nothing to do, maybe it’s also a matter of personal taste, but the crossover never caught my eye, although after returning from the split workshop it looks better with a front grille and chrome finishes, a slightly more prominent and extroverted look, and I can still find some competitors a bit more Fascinate me.

The interior of the car must also be refreshed at the first opportunity, adding touches of life, up-to-date graphics and a bit of color on the dashboard, because today the competition in the segment is boiling and the opponents react cruelly, and there is nothing like a first look to make an impression.

Only after settlers realize that the spaces the vehicle offers are exceptional, including in the back row. The seating is high, as befits a crossover, the viewing angles are good thanks to large windows, and even the trunk is definitely worth it with room for 430 liters. It seems that the vehicle, as the teachers at the school said of me, “is capable of much more, only if it had made an effort.”

This is true, because today any information transmitted through conventional pipes is taken into account by the buyer. For example, as soon as you sit in the driver’s seat, you discover in front of your eyes the Mobilai safety system. This is a wonderful system, Israeli pride, but today it is important for the buyer to have as many active systems as possible. Beeps and buzzes seem to belong to another generation.

Suzuki Crossover (Photo: PR Suzuki)

So the crossover has adaptive cruise control and autonomous braking during emergencies as part of the safety offer and it won five stars in the Euro-on-tests, but in the safety specifications there is no identification of vehicles in dead space, and the instrumentation score is 3 – probably not flattering.

Another point that can be controversial, especially among those who are interested, is the same symbol embedded in the back that announces that it is a hybrid vehicle. Those who do not really delve into it can still think that it is a hybrid like Toyota vehicles, well not. This is a micro-hybrid system, or a moderate hybrid, which is mainly used to reduce pollutants, improve fuel consumption and help, for example, when you want to accelerate.

This is a lithium-ion battery that adds a total of about 15 kilos to the weight of the vehicle. So for those who want to improve the feeling, the degree of air pollution is indeed positioned below the green score of 4, compared to 8 in the regular crossover. But for your information, full-featured hybrid vehicles receive a score of 2. Fuel consumption, according to the manufacturer, is a saving of 17% compared to the gasoline version. Still, for those for whom the title “hybrid” is important, probably when we enter an era that is all electric and charged, so here it is not for the faint of heart.

Whoever is already thinking of giving up, it is better to listen to the end, because what are we gathered for? For driving. Not for nothing is the Suzuki crossover that was first introduced in 2013 considered one of the most popular in the B-SUV models. It may not be the coolest, but it’s comfortable and it travels great.

The crossover has a new 1,400 cc petrol-turbo engine. It has four cylinders, a new valve timing system. 129 hp, 24 kg torque, already available at 2,000 rpm, which creates a feeling of agility , Dynamic capabilities. Acceleration takes place in 9.5 seconds and in a vehicle that can sometimes appear clumsy, it certainly looks inviting. There is a six-speed automatic transmission here that helps nicely. I told you, some color and PR and the gray crossover could work wonders.

We set out for a more dynamic and fast ride, and the vehicle cooperated. Its hangers are on the hard side, which definitely suits an extreme style. They were a little less pleasant on a city trip, where the stiffness was felt especially when passing over defects. The crossover has an 18 cm ventral spacing, which is certainly respectable, it is admittedly not an SUV, but can be run with dignity on selected kurkar trails.

If we have already reached the summary stage, then we can say that the crossover is a solid and efficient vehicle. You can also understand why it has a large audience in Israel, which is why people flocked en masse after the Mazda 3, and I’m talking about the less modern and attractive version. The Israeli driver likes a kind of “hot dish”, even when it comes to a car.

The problem is that today buyers want a little more to satisfy their hunger. They want a strong emphasis on the issue of safety, and the instrumentation score certainly plays a role. If they are told that the crossover is a hybrid, most of them will know how to distinguish between a full and a moderate hybrid. Trust them to read essential reading material before coming to the agency.

The crossover will not be easy in this incarnation, certainly when the competition is murderous and the battle for every tool is hard and ugly, but it seems that with a little more effort and emphasis on the small details, it is able to give a blow to the skeptics.

Spare wheels

This week, Colmobil introduced the fourth generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander (pictured below right), which since its marketing began in 2001 has sold about 53,000 vehicles in Israel and is expected to continue to be a hit. The price of the car will range from NIS 179,000 to NIS 235,000 for the luxurious 4X4 version. The Outlander has received quite a few changes and innovations and an addition in its dimensions. 36 mm increase its wheelbase, 55 mm its width, 35 mm have been added to its height. The car has a new 2,500 cc engine with an output of 181 hp – an addition of 31 hp compared to the previous generation – and it Holds an eight-speed continuous automatic transmission. The vehicle will be offered in five trim levels, in seven versions.

Mitsubishi Outlander (Photo: Mitsubishi PR)Mitsubishi Outlander (Photo: Mitsubishi PR)

On July 4, Semlat launched the Fiat 500e (pictured bottom left), the electric version of the iconic vehicle from Italy. The date has great significance, because exactly 64 years ago the first generation of the popular mini was launched. So what’s the good news, you asked? The entry-level version starts at NIS 100,000. The price is definitely impressive, just need to immediately clarify that this is a small battery that allows travel of up to 190 km. The vehicle will also come in three additional versions with larger batteries installed and their driving range already reaches up to 320 km.

Fiat 500 electric (Photo: PR abroad)Fiat 500 electric (Photo: PR abroad)

And for number lovers, car sales figures came in the first six months of the year, and the numbers are insane. About 184,000 vehicles flew off the shelves, and almost all manufacturers received rapid promotion. In the first places are (in order) Hyundai, Toyota, Kia, Skoda and Mazda. Tesla, the tram, is surprising and reaches 15th place after selling 2,912 vehicles. The most popular models are the Hyundai Ionic Hybrid (7,697 vehicles), Toyota Corolla sedan (6,453), Kia Picanto (6,096), Hyundai 02I (5,418) and closes the Skoda Octavia quintet (5,327). The disadvantaged will be re-tested.

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