Suzuki XBee launched in Japan
The Xbee is a crossover wagon that offers a roomy cabin and user-friendliness of a wagon along with the shaping and rough-road capabilities of an SUV. The small crossover measures 3,670 mm in length, 1,670 mm in width and 1,705 mm in height. It has a 2,435 mm wheelbase and a 180 ground clearance.
The Suzuki Xbee is reinforced by the Heartect platform. It employs the K10C Booster jet petrol engine and a mild-hybrid system. The 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine produces 99 PS and 150 Nm of torque. The mild-hybrid system’s WA05A electric motor generates 3.1 PS and 50 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 4WD system is optional. The fuel economy (JC08 test cycle) is rated at 22 km/l (2WD)/20.6 km/l (4WD).
The XBee, which is pronounced as ‘Cross Bee’, takes design inspiration from the Suzuki Hustler (already on sale as a Japan-only model). On the inside, it shares a lot of bits with the Ignis, containing the instrument cluster, steering wheel, and climate control unit among others. It is also equipped with a host of active safety technology from Suzuki such as the Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) and Back-up Brake Support collision-mitigation systems along with a 360-degree camera among others.
Noteworthy features of the Suzuki Xbee include LED fog lamps, LED headlamps genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels and gearshift knob, keyless entry, automatic climate control, cruise control, 360-degree view camera, Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) collision-mitigating system and Back-up Brake Support collision-mitigating system.
The Suzuki XBee is powered by the unchanged 1.0-litre Boosterjet direct-injected turbocharged petrol engine as the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS in India. The engine is mated to a six speed automatic transmission and puts out 99PS @ 5500rpm and 150Nm of peak torque between 1700-4000rpm. The engine also features Suzuki’s mild-hybrid system technology (SHVS) and an elective four-wheel-drive system.