According to Japan’s Nikkei newspaper Suzuki will have a hybrid version of its new Kizashi midsize sedan ready for sale by 2011.
The optional petrol-electric powertrain will sit above the Kizashi’s conventionally powered 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol which is due to land in Australian showrooms early next year.
Kizashi hybrid will be the first such vehicle for Suzuki and will go head-to-head with the likes of Toyota’s hybrid Camry.
Although official details are scarce, rumour has it the technology will come from longtime American partner General Motors, which means Kizashi hybrid will come equipped with either GM’s BAS mild hybrid system or the much more sophisticated and fuel efficient 2-Mode setup (the latter is unlikely due to the additional costs involved).
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