Maruti Suzuki has already introduced its SHVS or the mild hybrid system in its product models like the Ciaz and Ertiga. Earlier, the company has also mentioned that the mild hybrid technology will be introduced in other models as well. We also reported about the hybrid version of the compact crossover Ignis and the Baleno SHVS model was also spotted recently.
Speaking on this to PTI, Maruti Suzuki Chairman R C Bhargava, "In India it makes sense for hybrid technology for the smaller car because today globally there is no hybrid technology for small cars or low-cost car and that I think is needs to be developed. We, Maruti and Suzuki, are working on it."
There are no details about the launch time till now, but will be soon enough, where this system is not expensive and is a cost effective solution that increases the fuel efficiency of the car. Maruti Suzuki has always named for its cost effective products in the country. The advantage of the SHVS unit is that it will fall under the government FAME initiative, making a marginal reduction of in the price of its products with a range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. Both Maruti Ciaz and Ertiga with mild hybrid technology avail a Fame subsidy of Rs 13,000.
We know that the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza are the current products in demand, these two models are the obvious product to to come with the SHVS technology. However, the company is putting its best effort to overcome the demand of the models, by introducing these SHVS packed product that will add to the current waiting period, Maruti plans to start operations from its Gujarat facility early next year that will help reduce the burden of the rising waiting period.
Currently, the SHVS model of the Baleno is only for export markets and 2,300 units of India-made Baleno hatchbacks exported to the Japanese market, the brand is planning to expand its export market as well. Recently, the new-generation Swift was also spotted doing some test rounds that will make its way to the dealership by the late 2017 or early 2018.