The new Swift Hybrid is great for the environment and your wallet

The new Suzuki Swift Hybrid is New Zealand’s most affordable new petrol/electric car.

Offered in GLX and LTD models, the all new hybrid adds another dimension to the top selling Swift range, with better fuel economy and 94g of emissions per km.

The self-charging hybrid Swift is powered by a new petrol engine and assisted by a compact 12-volt lithium-ion battery. Unlike other hybrids there is no loss of interior space or usability, and only a 25kg increase in the weight of the vehicle.

How it works

The Swift’s parallel hybrid system stores electrical energy when decelerating and braking, and the automatic stop/start operation allows more fuel to be saved when the car stops at traffic lights or pauses in traffic with the footbrake depressed.

Because it’s a hybrid there is no requirement for charging as is the case with plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles.

Get the benefits of lower emissions, less fuel consumption and the latest technology – at the best price.

The GLX kicks off the hybrid range at just $26,500 + ORC.

The GLX comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, heated electrically adjustable side mirrors, LED projector headlights and DRLs, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control and radar brake support.

The LTD model starts at $28,500 + ORC. It has all that the GLX offers and adds a 4.2-inch colour LCD dash display, blind spot monitoring, dual sensor brake support driver-assist system, lane departure warning and prevention, rear cross traffic alert and high beam assist.

The Ltd model comes with single colour or two tone options

For those wanting more technical spec.

The Swift Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) combines a belt-driven integrated start generator (ISG) and a 10Ah lithium-ion battery, with the ISG acting as both a generator and starter motor. It recharges the battery with electricity generated by deceleration, stops unnecessary power generation during cruising, and reduces engine load during fuel-consuming standing starts and acceleration by providing motor assist.

During acceleration the ISG uses stored power to drive the motor and further improves fuel efficiency. The lithium-ion battery stores energy recovered from deceleration and braking while the ISG operates the idle start/stop function.

A hidden benefit is the lithium-ion battery powering the engine electronics, meters and the audio unit, while the lead-acid battery is connected to the headlamps, air conditioner and other components.

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