Tokyo 2009: Suzuki Swift plug-in hybrid

Suzuki Swift PHEV – Click above for high-res image gallery

Beside the SX4 FCV on display at the Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki is showing off a plug-in hybrid version of the Swift. The Swift PHEV concept pairs a 660 cc engine to a set of li-ion batteries that live between the front seats and send energy to a 54 kW motor that powers the front wheels. With Suzuki's strong place in the Japanese market – and considering all of the make and model badges that the Swift has worn over the years – seeing a plug-in powertrain in this little car could portend good things.

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