Suzuki have announced the availability of a new technology transmission for the excellent S-Cross DDiS ALLGRIP model. The Twin Clutch System by Suzuki (TCSS) is the first transmission of its type that the company has offered to the market and is confident that it will appeal to diesel buyers in the ever growing Crossover market sector. The new transmission is available from this month on the SZ5 Suzuki S-Cross DDiS ALLGRIP and will cost £1,350 versus the conventional six speed manual.
TCSS is, Suzuki explain, a six speed automated manual transmission that incorporates hydraulically controlled clutches and a gear change assembly that enables it to be driven in a similar way to an automatic gearbox. The system utilises one clutch for 1st, 3rd and 5th gears and the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th gears. Operating the transmission in this way ensures that whether the driver is accelerating or decelerating, the desired gear is instantly available.
Coupled to the latest Euro 6 compliant 1.6-litre DDiS engine, the new transmission provides even faster gear changes than could be achieved with a conventional manual and is an ideal match for the 320Nm of torque available from just 1,750rpm. Gear changes can also be manually operated via paddles behind the steering wheel. Despite the heavier transmissiion there is, say the company, very little impact on fuel consumption.
To add further customer appeal to the recently launched Vitara range, a new six speed fully automatic transmission is now available on the SZ5 petrol model in either two wheel drive or ALLGRIP versions and is also a £1,350 option.
The new transmission has a wide gear ratio range to permit precise driver control which also helps provide quick response at low vehicle speeds (for instance, when pulling away from standstill or driving on an incline). The wide ratios also help the engine to run at lower rpm when cruising too. The transmission has an expanded lockup range to promote good acceleration, high fuel economy, and overall quietness. Additionally, a manual mode is incorporated to enable the driver to change up or down the gearbox using shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
The Vitara’s CO² emissions are low thanks to the use of high tensile steel and other weight saving measures in the body plus an Engine Auto Stop/Start system. CO² emissions for the petrol engine are 127g/km with two-wheel drive / automatic transmission which is just 4g/km higher than for the manual transmission model.
The combination of four-wheel drive and an automatic transmission is typically seen as detrimental to emissions performance and fuel economy. By contrast, Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system offers emissions that are remarkably low for a four-wheel drive petrol-powered SUV with figures of 131g/km for the new six-speed automatic. This figure is only 1g/km higher than for the manual gearbox and, at 49.5mpg on the EC Combined fuel consumption cycle, records a penalty of just 0.9mpg versus the manual.