Suzuki silently drove the Vitara Full Hybrid into European markets in January 2022. The 2022 Suzuki Vitara Hybrid has entered the Netherlands and Poland, and is likely to enter more markets in the coming months. The global partnership between Toyota and Suzuki includes technology transfer for hybrids, although Suzuki seems to have developed a new powertrain for the Vitara.
2022 Suzuki Vitara Hybrid specifications
The 2022 Suzuki Vitara Hybrid uses Suzuki’s K15C engine; a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated petrol unit working with an electric motor. The engine develops 75 kW (102 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm at 4,400 rpm. It is supplemented by an electric motor that produces (24.6 kW) 33 hp and 60 Nm, deriving energy from a 0.84 kWh lithium-ion battery. The combined hybrid power is 85 kW (115 hp).
The advantages of this hybrid drivetrain are multifold. The SUV can run purely on EV mode with the combustion engine switched off at low city speeds or parking. During hard acceleration, the electric motor helps the combustion engine with torque-fill. The system also recuperates kinetic energy generated during braking and stores it in the battery as electrical energy, which gets deployed when required.
The 2022 Suzuki Vitara Hybrid comes only with a 6-speed automatic transmission. There’s no option of a manual, while Suzuki’s Allgrip all-wheel-drive is offered as an option. The front-wheel-drive Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid delivers 44.5 mpg (18.9 kmpl) while the all-wheel-drive SUV delivers 41.1 mpg (17.5 kmpl). With stringent Euro 6d regulations to contend with, the CO2 emissions are as low as 121 g/km and 130 g/km, respectively.
|2022 Suzuki Vitara Hybrid aspect||Specifications|
|Displacement||1.5L (1,462 cc)|
|Power||75 kW (102 hp) at 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||138 Nm at 4,400 rpm|
|Battery (Lithium-ion)||0.84 kWh (140 V, 6 Ah)|
|Electric motor power||24.6 kW (33 hp)|
|Electric motor torque||60 Nm|
|Combined output||85 kW (116 hp)|
|0-100 kmph||12.7 seconds (FWD)/13.5 seconds (AWD)|
|Top Speed||180 kmph|
The addition of the battery pack has impacted space. The battery is placed in the boot, and because of its placement, volume is down from 362 liters (rear seats up)/642 liters (rear seats down)/1,119 liters (max. volume) to 289 liters (rear seats up)/569 liters (rear seats up)/1,046 liters (max. volume). The 2022 Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid can tow 1,200 kg.
In the Netherlands, 2022 Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid price ranges between EUR 29,350 to EUR 34,850. Deliveries are expected to start by March. In Poland, the Vitara Strong Hybrid price goes between PLN 107,500 (EUR 23,646) to PLN 131,500 (EUR 28,947).
The top-spec 2022 Suzuki Vitara Hybrid comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch display with support for Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, heated seats, a reversing camera and the Suzuki Safety System Pro, with the addition of Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The Vitara Hybrid has the essential kit as standard, including automatic air conditioning, adaptive cruise control and limiter, LED lighting and the Suzuki Safety System, including Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition.
About the Suzuki Vitara Plug-in hybrid
According to a report from the Austrian website Die Motorprofis filed last year, the next-generation Suzuki Vitara, due in 2024, will be available with a plug-in hybrid system. The PHEV model should have a larger battery offering a considerably higher pure electric range, as with all PHEVs. Additionally, expect Suzuki to retain the strong hybrid powertrain in the 2024 Vitara, which should sport an all-new design and interior.
Suzuki’s roadmap for electrification
Suzuki is not aggressively pushing development towards EVs yet. Instead, the brand has a staggered approach towards the EV transition. The brand’s February 2021 announcement states that it would develop electrification technologies by 2025 and implement the developments in Suzuki cars from 2025. A full-blown EV offensive would begin from 2030. The Japanese brand has committed EUR 7.6 billion (¥1 trillion) into research and development over the next five years.
2022 Suzuki Vitara FAQs
What is the 2022 Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid price?
2022 Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid price starts at EUR 29,350 in the Netherlands and PLN 107,500 (EUR 23,646) in Poland.
What are the 2022 Suzuki Full Hybrid Vitara alternatives?
Rivals include the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008, Toyota Yaris Cross, and Hyundai Kona.
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