The sporty and elegant line, the highly efficient BOOSTERJET engine, the optional 4×4 ALLGRIP Select all-wheel drive and equipment that includes all the main level 2 autonomous driving systems: Suzuki VITARA HYBRID has everything to stay still for a long time the point of reference of that segment of compact SUVs that the first generation was able to create back in 1988. Precisely in the authentic and free spirit of that ancestor is inspired by the current generation, in which the indomitable off-road soul merges with an urban character.
Today VITARA HYBRID raises the bar in the category with a unique mix of style, performance and versatility and enters the most competitive segment of the market, that of B-SUV.
Aesthetics is one of the main reasons for purchasing on the Italian car market and VITARA HYBRID has the traits and charisma to win over a large audience, regardless of age or gender. Her muscular lines have recently become embellished with refined details, such as the grille with five chrome strips and the LED rear lights with 3D effect.
To externally underline the innovations from a technical point of view, VITARA HYBRID is now equipped with full LED headlights with a new design, which give a gritty and hi-tech touch to the line, also thanks to a blue profile inside the optical unit.
Full of technology
If VITARA HYBRID boasts a great quality of life on board it is also thanks to surprising roominess for a 418cm long car and top endowment, under each point of view.
Suzuki offers, from the very first set-up, a safety package that many other manufacturers provide for a fee or on higher-end models. The sophisticated assistance systems driving (ADAS – Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), make VITARA HYBRID the The most complete B-SUV from a safety point of view, with level 2 autonomous driving series. Among the systems stand out the “shoulder guards”, for monitoring the angles blind, and “vaipure”, which warns of the possible arrival of other vehicles while reversing, as well as the “Ocallimite” system, which recognizes road signs and replicates them in the instrumentation.
The VITARA HYBRID equipment also features the advanced “brake attention”. Based on a monocular video camera, a laser and a radar, it can recognize cars and pedestrians, anticipate possible collisions by warning the driver and braking automatically. Also through the video camera, VITARA HYBRID offers the “straight guide” device that prevents involuntary overruns of the center line the road exits, warns the driver with an acoustic and light signal and, in case of necessity, intervenes on the steering, bringing the car back to the center of the roadway.
Finally, the “stay awake” system monitors any sleep strokes or distractions by the driver and in these cases emits a visual and audible signal to bring attention back driving or recommending a break. Everything listed, like Adaptive Cruise Control, is standard on all configurations, according to the traditional Suzuki philosophy, “all standard, no surprises”, for a true democratization of safety and autonomous driving, for all.
Safe, comfortable, complete
The standard equipment is also rich in terms of comfort right from the COOL set-up:
- automatic climate control,
- 7 “touchscreen display,
- color instrument panel with My Drive 4.2 “screen,
- Bluetooth®, Android Auto®, Apple CarPlay® and MirroLink® compatible,
- rear camera,
- light and rain sensors,
- heated and height-adjustable front seats (driver and passenger side),
- central armrest with storage compartment,
- height and depth adjustable steering wheel,
- fog lights,
- privacy glass,
- 7 airbags,
- 17 ”alloy wheels.
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A compact and efficient hybrid unit
The VITARA HYBRID range is able to best meet the needs of current mobility, thanks to the 1.4 BOOSTERJET engine that offers maximum performance with a turbo optimized to guarantee a high torque value already at low revs. The Suzuki HYBRID system is designed to contain fuel consumption in the most common driving situations and sees the electric motor supporting the thermal one by providing torque supplement every time it detects the driver’s request for a brilliant idea. Their combination ensures extraordinary results in terms of driveability and efficiency.
Suzuki HYBRID technology consists of a 48V electric motor that also performs the functions of alternator and starter motor, a lithium-ion battery and a 48-12V converter. The entire system is characterized by a weight of only 45kg and is particularly compact, with all the elements integrated directly into the thermal engine block or positioned under the front seats, in order to guarantee unchanged spaces for passengers and luggage.
The Suzuki HYBRID system guarantees an overall increase in torque and an optimization of the same in the transitional phases. When starting and accelerating, for example, the electric motor maximizes its intervention by supporting the turbine until it does not has reached the maximum of its efficiency. Similarly, the electric motor intervenes if the driver acts decisively on the accelerator. This allows you to minimize the load on the heat engine, reducing fuel consumption, and to provide a more direct driving feeling. Hamamatsu engineers also studied a third function of the electric motor. In the deceleration phase, the latter is in fact able to autonomously manage the idle rotation of the thermal engine, without petrol being introduced. In this mode, in the slowdown phase, the car eliminates consumption.
VITARA HYBRID is now available with a six-speed automatic gearbox, which optimally manages the generous torque of 235 Nm delivered by the four-cylinder engine. 1.4 Boosterjet turbocharger (K14D)
The system has a low total weight of just 74.9 kg, and boasts a variety of gear ratios it develops over an interval comparable to that of a CVT change. The 6A / T automatic transmission is the latest evolution of a type of proven gearboxes and includes, in addition to three to six normal ratios plus reverse, also a manual mode, which for to change gear through the use of practical paddles behind the wheel. A particular management of the gearbox in 1M, it avoids the slipping of the internal clutch linked to this ratio e also a reduced ratios, which blocks the gearbox in first gear to allow increase the engine brake to deal with the most demanding situations and slopes more pronounced.
The torque converter is of the three-element type and is, one level and two phases, equipped with an automatically controlled lock-up mechanism. The gear change device is consisting of a Ravigneaux-type planetary gear train, multiple disc clutches and brakes, a band brake and a one-way clutch, all managed by a valve body assembly placed inside the gearbox itself which also includes the control solenoid valve line pressure (linear solenoid valve). This allows for smooth shifting and high efficiency in the transmission of the motorcycle.
The hydraulic pressure control device consists of the valve body group, from the line pressure control solenoid valve (linear solenoid valve), solenoid valves of pressure control (linear solenoid valve), the TCC solenoid valve (linear solenoid valve), the solenoid valve of the electromagnetic oil pump (linear solenoid valve) and 2 gear shift solenoid valves.
The optimum operating pressure, in accordance with the engine torque, is generated from the line pressure control solenoid valve based on signals from the TCM. This makes it possible to manage the operating pressure with extreme precision, in accordance with the engine power and operating conditions, in order to obtain smooth shifting and high efficiency in motion transmission.
During the automatic engine stop operation, a specific hydraulic circuit equipped with an electromagnetic pump, it opens the forward clutch before restarting automatic, to engage the clutch smoothly when restarting, reducing so the backlashes.
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Four driving modes with 4×4 ALLGRIP technology
4×4 ALLGRIP technology offers four driver-selectable driving modes, that allow you to tackle any terrain and situation. On the VITARA HYBRID the 4×4 ALLGRIP system is further refined, earning the Feedforward function: this is a predictive strategy which, based on the behavior of the car and the driving parameters (accelerator, steering, speed), is able to foresee the possibility of slippage in the continuation of the guide. In this circumstance the 4×4 ALLGRIP system transmits more torque to the rear wheels before loss of grip occurs. Each VITARA HYBRID with ALLGRIP system is also equipped with the Hill system as standard Descent Control that automatically adjusts the speed when going downhill particularly steep off-road.