Maruti Suzuki would launch the next-generation Swift in and around 2017 with a cost-effective hybrid technology, if a Business Standard report is to be believed. The company is eyeing fuel efficiency conscious buyers with the introduction of this new technology with the Swift. For your information, Maruti had showcased Swift Range Extender at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, which would be supplied to the Indian government for pilot project.
The hybrid variant, as claimed by the company, would not only have low CO2 emissions but also be extremely fuel efficient. Maruti Suzuki, the country's leading automaker, is keen on developing the powertrain in India in order to the keep the high costs of batteries down. The company isn't contemplating an import from Japan of this kit for the Indian model. Also, the Japanese automaker is not looking forward to develop an all-electric car as it feels that the country lacks requisite charging infrastructure. Maruti's parent company - Suzuki - is working on the development of an electric hybrid low-cost technology in Japan. As of now, Toyota Camry is the cheapest hybrid car available in the country, followed by the Prius.
Talking about the Swift Range Extender, it comes with a 658cc, 3-pot, petrol motor in accordance with an electric motor. As said before, the units of Swift Range Extender, which would be supplied exclusively to the Government, would be made in India, albeit importing engine and essential components from Japan. Maruti Suzuki Swift Range Extender has a mileage of 48.2kmpl, while covering a distance of upto 25.5kms on an all-electric mode.
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