• Apr 21, 2011
Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

For a car that doesn't exist – yet – the Suzuki Kizashi hybrid certainly rears its head an awful lot. The rumor had been that Suzuki wanted to release the car in 2011, but this plan was apparently canceled last year. Earlier this year, we heard that Suzuki might dip into the Volkswagen parts bin for both diesel and hybrid powertrains (VW owns 20 percent of Suzuki).

Now, at the New York Auto Show, Suzuki is proudly displaying the hybrid Kizashi EcoCharge concept, which uses a lithium-ion battery and a 2.0-liter inline-four engine – along with start/stop technology, regenerative brake and low-rolling resistance tires – to boost the standard Kizashi's 30-mile-per-gallon (highway) rating by an estimated 25 percent. So, that would be around 37.5 mpg. Not bad. Oh, and we forgot one important word up there. This is the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept, which means that this car still doesn't officially exist. Drat.

Seeing the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept on the show floor, though, we're reminded why we keep wanting to believe. The standard Kizashi is fine enough, but a more efficient version with some of the concept's design touches would be most welcome. The "charge" part of the concept's name is a bit misleading – there is no plug here – but we'll forgive this transgression if we can find one of these on the road sometime soon.

Live photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

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      The Grabulator
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      • 3 Years Ago
      seems like everyone has outdone Nissan in this segment.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are they still with GM ? The EcoCharge concept, seems to be same as malibu eassist
      • 3 Years Ago
      The VW Jetta front end looks dated now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad the only Suzuki dealer I know of no longer exists. It used to sell more used cars than new and so apparently they have moved completely to used cars only. I don't see how Suzuki is going to get back into the game without people to sell their cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Make it a plug in, and put it into production. THAT will save Suzuki! But for a car that's smaller than the rest of the midsize segment, it's somewhat disappointing that it doesn't get better gas mileage than its competitors.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Other than the blue glow-y interior, what's so special about this car?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm still trying to understand why the Kizashi itself gets certain people so excited...
          You guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          Its a really nice car. Not quite as big as the midsize crew people know (Altima, Legacy, Malibu, Sonata), but bigger than the compacts. (Civic, Corolla, Impreza, Cruze, Focus) Its a well-received (by the critics) option for someone that doesn't want to blow a wad on the midsize segment.