Maruti Suzuki, which has remained away from bringing any Electric Car to the Indian market has been focussing mainly on the hybrids. The brand will likely bring hybrid versions in the mass-segment popular cars like the Swift and the Dzire.
The Indian brand has been offering hybrid vehicles in the Indian market for a long time now. Following the successful launch of its maiden strong hybrid offering in India, the Grand Vitara, Maruti Suzuki is charting a course to introduce robust hybrid iterations of the Swift and Dzire models. Anticipated alongside the imminent next-generation editions of these vehicles, these robust hybrid versions are poised to emerge as the paragons of fuel efficiency among hatchbacks and sedans in the Indian market. This debut is slated for the first quarter of 2024. Operating under the internal moniker of YED, the robust hybrid versions of Swift and Dzire will be propelled by a novel powertrain.
Designated as Z12E, the fresh 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine will distinguish itself from the prevailing K12C powerplant. Bolstered by Toyota’s formidable hybrid technology, first unveiled in the Grand Vitara and Urban Cruiser Hyryder, this engine undergoes further domestication to curtail overall expenses. This strategic maneuver facilitates its integration into smaller vehicles.
Highly fuel efficient
The Indian automotive market has long favored vehicles that emphasize fuel efficiency. The forthcoming next-generation Swift and Dzire models are poised to ascend as the zenith of fuel-efficient automobiles in the Indian context. At present, Swift boasts an economy of 22.56 km/l, while Dzire shines with a remarkable 24.1 km/l. The recently introduced Grand Vitara strong hybrid attains an impressive 27.97 km/l. With the advent of Swift and Dzire robust hybrids, fuel economy could potentially scale within the range of 35 to 40 km/l.
Augmented fuel efficiency will play a pivotal role in enhancing Maruti Suzuki’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rating. The hybrid iterations garner ‘super points’ within the CAFE II scoring framework, bestowing a boon upon Maruti Suzuki.
However, the price of adopting hybrid technology is likely to be reflected in the vehicle’s cost. While exact increments remain unconfirmed, it is evident that the incorporation of hybrid technology will marginally inflate the vehicle’s final price. Reports suggest that Maruti Suzuki and Toyota are toiling to narrow the price disparity between petrol and hybrid models. This ambition hinges on intensive localization of the hybrid system.
Interestingly, the price discrepancy between robust and mild hybrid versions of the Grand Vitara stands at approximately 2.6 lakhs, a margin Maruti Suzuki aspires to pare down to approximately 1 lakh rupees.