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Maruti Suzuki launched the new third-gen Swift in India at the Auto Expo 2018. Now, MoneyControl reports that Maruti Suzuki is considering the Swift RS Hybrid variant for the Indian market. The Swift RS Hybrid is already on sale in foreign markets, and it could be launched in the country.
Maruti Suzuki is mulling the launch of Swift RS Hybrid in India before the introduction of fully-electric cars in the country. Currently, most of the major car manufacturers are opting for hybrid vehicles as electric vehicles are not very popular among Indian buyers. So, Maruti Suzuki could first introduce the Swift RS Hybrid before launching electric vehicles.
CV Raman, Executive Director (Engineering) at Maruti Suzuki India said, "We are quite sure that going forward, the electrification of cars in India will reach some percentage of the overall market. We are with the government as far as this is concerned. We also believe hybridisation is also important. So we will see as technology progresses we will see these technologies in India."
The Swift RS Hybrid sold in several global markets is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine coupled to a mild-hybrid system. It is called as SHVS (Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System) which includes an electric motor which assists the engine. Thus, the SHVS increases fuel efficiency and reduces emission level.
The SHVS is completely different from a fully-hybrid system where pure electric energy propels the car for short distance. In India, Maruti Suzuki also retails the Ertiga MPV and Ciaz sedan with the SHVS technology. Swift could be the third model to feature mild-hybrid technology.
The currently sold Maruti Swift draws power from a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine. So, adopting the SHVS on the petrol variant should not be a problem for Maruti Suzuki. The petrol hybrid variant of the Swift hatchback returns a claimed mileage of 32kpl which is higher than the mileage of the diesel variant which stands at 28.4kpl.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The Maruti Swift RS Hybrid
The Swift has been one of the best-selling hatchbacks in the Indian market. With the launch of the new third-gen model, the Swift has become even more appealing to the Indian buyers. Now, Maruti Suzuki is considering the hybrid variant of the Swift for India which is a good move considering the benefits of SHVS technology.