Suzuki Solio Hybrid TMS-1

The new Suzuki Solio hybrid has made an appearance at the on-going Tokyo Motor Show. The new compact MPV was revealed for the Japanese market only recently, sporting a fresh new look and Suzuki’s Mild Hybrid technology.

The Solio features a 90 hp/118 Nm 1.2 litre K12C Dual Jet petrol engine and as mentioned, the Mild Hybrid pack. The system primarily consists of an Integrated Starter Generator and a lithium-ion traction battery. Engine auto stop-start system and brake-energy recuperation systems are also included as part of the Mild Hybrid pack. Together, this gives the Solio an average fuel consumption of 27.8 km per litre, based on the JC08 cycle.

Power is sent to the front wheels of the vehicle via a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), while the vehicle itself rides on a new lightweight chassis that also helps the Solio shed up to 100 kg over its predecessor.

The Solio measures in at 3,710 mm long, 1,625 mm wide and 1,745 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2,515 mm, itself longer than the previous models’s wheelbase by 30 mm.

While there is a more-equipped version of the Solio called the Solio Bandit, the model you see here is the lesser-equipped Solio itself, which gets the full-chrome front grille and standard 15-inch alloy wheels amongst other notable highlights. It also features rear sliding doors for easy access into the cabin, where you’ll discover its spacious cabin.

Inside, you’ll note a four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen display, keyless entry, fabric seats and lots of practical storage opportunities.

There are several advanced safety features available for the Solio, such as Lane Departure Warning and a Dual Camera brake support system that can detect obstacles from a distance and automatically apply the brakes to avoid contact.

The base Suzuki Solio is sold in Japan for 1.45 million yen (RM51,800), while the Solio Bandit is priced at 1.82 million yen (RM65,00).