MUNICH -- Suzuki will show the plug-in hybrid version of its Swift for the first time in Europe at the Geneva auto show in March.
The subcompact combines an electric motor with a 54 kW lithium-ion battery. They work together with a three-cylinder range-extending gasoline engine that recharges the battery when it is low on power.
This powertrain solution is much like that found in the forthcoming Opel/Vauxhall Ampera plug-in hybrid and on the Ampera's sister model, the Chevrolet Volt. The Swift hybrid can cover about 20km in electric mode.
The Japanese automaker also will display the Kizashi, which in English translates into “something great is coming.” Suzuki certainly hopes the car lives up to its name as it is the automaker's first model in the mid-sized segment, which is dominated in Europe by the Volkswagen Passat, Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo.