Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the Baleno hatchback with the SHVS mild-hybrid technology in 2017. For India, the Baleno diesel is expected to get the mild-hybrid technology.
Maruti Suzuki is already producing the Ciaz and Ertiga with the mild-hybrid technology. The Baleno mild-hybrid is delayed due to a massive demand for the existing version of the Baleno hatchback.
The SHVS mild-hybrid technology works on a simple principle. Using regenerative braking the energy is stored in the lithium-ion battery. This energy will be use to assist the engine through an electric motor.
This will reduce the load on the engine and combine the idle stop/start system and integrated starter motor, the mileage of the car will be slightly improved.
The diesel variant of the Baleno is powered by 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine which churns out 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. The diesel engine delivers an impressive mileage figure of 27.39km/l.
With the mild-hybrid technology, this figure is likely to go up further which will attract more buyers for this premium hatchback in the country.
From the time of launch, the Baleno has been a great success in the Indian market. Maruti Suzuki clocked some impressive sales figures in 2016. The demand is so high that the waiting period for Baleno starts from four months onwards.