The Maruti Suzuki Swift, also called the Swift Range Extender will hit Indian roads by the end of this year. The car however, will not be sold through Maruti Suzuki showrooms, which means that you can’t buy one anytime soon. Instead, the Indian car maker plans to supply the Swift Range Extender Hybrid hatchback to the Indian government in a pilot scheme of sorts. The pilot scheme is expected to kick off after the General Elections 2014, which means that the first hybrid car from Maruti Suzuki could be supplied to the new Indian government from the second half of this year.
Notably, Maruti Suzuki displayed the Swift Range Extender concept at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo and also the Geneva Motor Show that followed. Like its name suggests, the Swift Range Extender Hybrid uses a petrol engine combined with an electric motor that is powered by lithium ion batteries. The petrol engine and the electric motor combine to give the hatchback its hybrid credentials. The petrol engine is a 658 cc-3 cylinder unit while the electric motor is a permanent magnet synchronous motor that outputs 73 Bhp. In full hybrid mode, the Swift can deliver a mileage of up to 48.2 Kmpl.
On pure electric mode, the car can traverse about 30 Kms. The lithium ion batteries take an hour and a half to get fully charged through a 200 volt household socket. Dimensionally, the Swift Hybrid is similar to the petrol and diesel powered Swift hatchbacks sold in India. A key difference lies in the kerb weight, with the hybrid car being about 150 kilograms heavier than the petrol and diesel variants of the Swift. The additional weight is due to the electric motor and the lithium ion battery stack. The car gets an automatic gearbox, a start-stop button, keyless entry and a revised dashboard.