Maruti set to launch either Swift Hybrid/Dzire Hybrid this year
India’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki, is reportedly planning on launching a hybrid version of one of its existing vehicles this year. Either a Swift Hybrid or Dzire Hybrid could be introduced in India following incentives announced by the government under the FAME (Faster Adoption of Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India) scheme. First showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, the Maruti Swift Hybrid could turn out to be the first of many such hybrid vehicles under development by multiple manufacturers. A few days we reported that Mahindra could also launch an all-electric version of the Verito sedan and the company has already showcased a hybrid version of the XUV500 previously. Read on to find out more details about the upcoming Maruti Swift Hybrid regarding its launch, price, pics, specification and more.
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The launch is likely to take place some time this year. Possibly in the last quarter of 2015. Before the Swift Hybrid, Maruti will launch the Ciaz SHVS diesel hybrid in India.
The mild hybrid tech will command a premium of just INR 20,000-30,000 over the standard diesel. As part of the FAME scheme Maruti could avail benefits ranging from INR 13,000-1,24,000 on the price of the Swift Hybrid increasing affordability.
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The Swift Hybrid is likely to use the same mild hybrid tech as the Ciaz SHVS which means it will continue to be powered by a 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced turbocharged Diesel engine that benefits from a Variable Geometry Turbocharger and puts out a peak power of 91 bhp. For the Maruti Swift and Dzire hybrid, this motor will be aided by a (Smart Hybrid Vehicle system that combine brake energy regeneration through an Integrated Starter Generator, which in turn changes the kinetic energy into electricity. This electricity is then stored in the battery. The system also comprises of a start-stop system, which boosts the overall fuel economy.
The Maruti Swift Hybrid is likely to return around 30 kmpl under the ARAI specified standard Indian Driving Cycle.
According to a government official, Tata, Mahindra and Maruti have given assurance that they will be introducing a hybrid or electric product this year in support of the FAME scheme. It should be noted that Mahindra already has an all electric vehicle on sale in India currently, the E2O and is also planning on launching the Mahindra Verito EV by the end of this year. It will be interesting to see how the Indian car buyers react to such products and exactly how beneficial the FAME scheme turns out to be.
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