Maruti Suzuki already offers one of the largest numbers of CNG models in India. The brand has just introduced the all-new Swift S-CNG in the Indian market priced at Rs 7.77 lakh, ex-showroom. The new Swift S-CNG is available in two variants – VXI and ZXI.
The new Maruti Suzuki Swift CNG will be available with the 1.2-litre K-Series Dual Jet engine, and Dual VVT engine. The engine produces a maximum power of 77.49 PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 98.5 Nm at 4,300 rpm. The Swift S-CNG offers a fuel efficiency of 30.90 km/kg, which makes it India’s most powerful CNG hatchback. It is also the most fuel-efficient CNG hatchback in the Indian market.
Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Senior Executive Officer (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited said,
“Brand Swift needs no introduction and the iconic sporty hatchback is now available with proven & tested company-fitted Maruti Suzuki S-CNG technology. After enthralling over 26 lakh Swift lovers with its performance, styling and road presence, Swift is now available with S-CNG to delight customers with its incredible fuel efficiency of 30.90 Km/kg#. This will be the 9th model in our portfolio with CNG offering, strengthening our commitment to a cleaner and greener environment. Swift has carved a niche for itself in the hearts and minds of the customers, it has continuously evolved and has maintained its persona as the most successful hatchback in the Indian market. The Swift S-CNG is the right proposition for customers, looking for a peppy yet economical city drive.”
Maruti Suzuki S-CNG cars
Maruti Suzuki’s decision of introducing CNG variants for NEXA models is good news to boost the sales of its premium models, which have declined in the last couple of years due to the discontinuation of diesel-powered variants from the lineup. Currently, Maruti Suzuki is garnering 15 per cent of its total sales from the CNG-powered variants, which will only rise in the coming times.
For the models which are also available with CNG variants, Maruti Suzuki is reporting 30 per cent of the volume from the CNG variants for those models. The current lineup of CNG-powered models from Maruti Suzuki includes Alto, S-Presso, Wagon R, Celerio, Dzire, Eeco and Ertiga, with all of them available through the ARENA chain of outlets. In the last fiscal, Maruti Suzuki sold 1,57,954 units of CNG-powered cars while witnessing a 48 per cent year-on-year growth.
The main reason behind many small car buyers shifting towards CNG-powered cars is the low running costs. While the current rate of CNG per kg is almost 40 per cent lower than a litre of petrol, the fuel efficiency of a CNG-powered car is around 30-35 per cent more than that of its petrol-powered counterpart.