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A Maruti hybrid car could launch in 2020 as per some inside reports. No, it is not a mild hybrid powertrain like in the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz or the Ertiga, but an actual full-hybrid sedan. Rumours claim that it will be a collaboration between Suzuki and Toyota, and based on the latest Corolla sedan.
All images of the Corolla Hybrid are for representational purposes only.
CarDekho shares that Maruti Suzuki has prepared a detailed strategy to make their hybrid powertrain deliver 30 per cent more fuel economy than regular petrol models. Even though the proper Maruti hybrid is still in the planning stages, we can expect it to happen for sure, unlike some previous rumours.
The news that Maruti Suzuki and Toyota will be co-developing new cars came out earlier this year. The need for such a collaboration is to allow both brands to have better business opportunities in the upper (Toyota) and lower price segments (Maruti). Owing to this, there are rumours of an upcoming Toyota-rebadged Baleno hatchback and a Maruti-rebadged Corolla sedan.
BS-VI norms will widen the price gap between petrol and diesel by a good margin — close to Rs 2.5 lakh as per reports. Currently, the average price difference between the two equivalent fuel variants is around Rs 1 lakh. This is also the reason why the company has decided to develop a hybrid car, with the onset of BS-VI.
The upcoming Maruti petrol-hybrid will still be expensive than its equivalent diesel model. However, this initial cost will be covered by lower running costs of petrol-hybrid powertrains (maintenance cost is slightly higher than that of a modern diesel engine).
In Delhi NCR (National Capital Region), the new rules mandate that no diesel cars can be used for more than 10 years, and petrol cars; 15 years. Furthermore, the Indian government is also considering incentivisation (tax reductions) of hybrid cars. This will make them more desirable than a diesel car.
The upcoming Maruti hybrid car will also meet the norms set by CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency), which are expected to come into effect from 2022. Expected prices for the Toyota Corolla-based hybrid is in the range of Rs 20 lakh; although it is still an early stage to assume so.
Thoughts On The Upcoming Maruti Hybrid Car
India still has to go a long way to attain full-electric mobility, even though manufacturers such as Mahindra Electric and Ather Energy have given their own contribution. Petrol-hybrids are the next bet for the fuel-conscious Indian market, and if Maruti introduces one, the majority will easily accept it. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.