By Mark Kleis
Monday, Jun 13th, 2011 @ 7:10 am

Suzuki's Swift compact hatchback is a strong seller in Japan, but an unfavorable exchange rate and word of political woes between the Japanese automaker and Volkswagen - part owner - have kept the car from U.S. shores.

Despite that, a report coming out of Japan's Nikkei newspaper via Kompas says Suzuki is now working on introducing a plug-in hybrid version of the Swift first in Japan in 2013, with a possibility of later coming to the U.S.

The PHEV would feature nearly 19 miles of electric range before a range-extending gasoline engine fires up. Although the newspaper didn't include details on the engine, it is likely Suzuki will use the 660cc engine it debuted with a 54 kW electric motor in a Swift hybrid plug-in concept at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

Although the all-electric range is limited, the price is what Suzuki is banking on to move the Swift PHEV, with estimates placing pricing around $25,000.

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