The Maruti Suzuki production facility in Manesar manufactures the Suzuki Baleno for both Indian and export markets. The export models with right hand drive for UK, Japan and Australia with mild hybrid system is being considered for India.
The European variant of the Baleno comes with SHVS tech 2-litre DualJet petrol engine. However there is no immediate plans to bring the SHVS Mild Hybrid to Indian market.
This technology can be easily adapted for the Indian version of the Baleno and it is speculated that it can be introduced in the future.
Maruti Suzuki might introduce the SHVS system on the diesel model of the Baleno as it did with the Ciaz sedan. But launching it in near future might put pressure on the production capacity.
The SHVS stands for Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki, which is a mild hybrid system. It uses an integrated starter generator (ISG) which assists engine to produce power. It is also capable of power regeneration.
In simple words, the ISG assists the combustion engine thereby reducing the load which results in lower emissions and improve fuel efficiency marginally through start-stop system and regenerative braking.
This new technology does not use expensive components and is a cost effective solution to increase the mileage of the Baleno to a certain extent.
By introducing SHVS technology in Baleno, it will also get benefited from the FAME scheme by Government of India. Under this package Baleno can avail a slight price reduction of Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 on the mild hybrid criteria.
Launching the mild hybrid variants of Ertiga and Ciaz has certainly worked for Maruti Suzuki in terms of improving its sales and improving the mileage of the models. So, Maruti Suzuki cannot go wrong by launching the mild hybrid version of the Baleno in India.