Hyundai Motors plans on introducing hybrid/ mild-hybrid vehicles in the Indian market. There is a possibility that these new vehicles could be launched during 2017. Several existing Hyundai models could get the hybrid treatment in the country.
So far, Maruti Suzuki calls its hybrid vehicles as 'SHVS' , which stands for 'Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki'. Mahindra also offers a hybrid/ mild-hybrid powertrain called the 'Micro Hybrid'. Hyundai will be calling its technology in the Indian market as 'Blue Drive'.
The Sonata model is most likely to receive Blue Drive technology initially. Other premium sedans in the segment also offer similar technology. The Toyota Camry is equipped with an optional hybrid system. The upcoming all-new Honda Accord and the Volkswagen Passat will also be offered with hybrid systems.
In an attempt to make vehicles more fuel efficient and eco-friendly, more manufacturers could opt for the hybrid/ mild-hybrid route. Hyundai Motors could introduce the Blue Drive technology in its volume selling products as well. The Creta and Elite i20 models could receive the Blue Drive technology soon in the country.