Reports suggest that Maruti is going to showcase the Swift with a pure 48V hybrid engine. It will be different from the current mild-hybrids that we have.
Maruti Swift recieved a BS6 compliant backed in June last year, along with the Baleno. Soon, Maruti Swift will also sport a 48V mild-hybrid engine based on its same 1.2 Litre K12B petrol engine. Ciaz, S-Cross, Ertiga and Baleno get a smaller 12V mild-hybrid engine.
Globally, Suzuki is going to replace the 12V SHVS with the 48V technology. In the Indian market, we will see the Maruti Swift Petrol with the same 48V engine. Reports suggest that Maruti will showcase the Swift Petrol Hybrid at the Auto Expo next month.
The current SHVS technology aids in the initial acceleration and auto-start stop system. However, the upcoming system will be like a pure hybrid. The Swift Hybrid will run on the electric motor as well as a petrol engine.
We can expect the Swift Hybrid to get some 40-50 kms range with its electric motor. The advantage of hybrids is that once the charge of the electric motor is over, you can run the car on a normal petrol engine.
Also, hybrids use a self-charging mechanism with the help of regenerative braking. In the Japanese markets, the Maruti Swift Hybrid offers a mileage of up to 32 kmpl. This will actually fill up the empty space that Maruti is creating by discontinuing diesel engines.
As of now, we have details only on Swift getting this technology. We can also expect other models in the lineup to get a hybrid engine. Maruti chooses to stay bullish on the EV development in India and is still sceptical about launching mass-market EVs.
At the 2020 Auto Expo, Maruti Suzuki is also going to showcase the Jimny SUV, Vitara Brezza and S-Presso Petrol, the production version of the Electric WagonR and the Futuro-e electric SUV concept.