Maruti Suzuki is one of the major contributors in the passenger vehicle segment in the country, and if India is planning to go all-electric by the end of 2030, Maruti Suzuki has an important role to play in it. In the present scenario, most of the popular manufacturers including the homegrown automakers, Mahindra and Tata Motors are looking to bring in hybrid and electric vehicles in the country. At the other end, Maruti Suzuki is yet to make an announcement for producing electric cars in the country.
The Indo-Japanese automaker joined hands with the Toyota Motors in order to produce electric cars in India by the end of 2020. The company is planning to conduct a survey to get an idea of ground reality. It thinks that the present infrastructure in India is not good enough for the survival of electric cars. The Chairman of the company recently said that it will surely make electric cars and development works are under process. However, he shied away from saying anything about the date of its arrival. Maruti Suzuki believes the electric cars must be affordable and must be in-line with the customer’s requirements.
Recently, a testing mule of Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid has been spotted for the first time in India, which raises the question, is the company planning to bring in the hybrid model to India? If this happens, it indicates that the company might soon be coming up with its electric plans for India.
If you are really excited about the electric cars from Maruti Suzuki, you can see its little light in the upcoming hybrid Swift. Let’s know more about the hybrid car.
Maruti Suzuki Swift hybrid key features
The Swift hybrid model is likely to be similar to that of the standard model. Its design will be based on the company’s latest ‘Heartect’ design philosophy, which also underpins the new Dzire. It gets new hexagonal grille, projector headlights with LED DRLs (daytime running lights) and sculpted bumper with fog lamps. The roof gets a floating design and sports new alloy wheels.
Inside the car, you will get much improved and modernized cabin with premium upholstery and a new dashboard. It equips a twin-pod instrument console and touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity features. On the safety aspect, the car is expected to get dual airbags. You can know more about the interior features and safety equipment of the car from Autoportal.com.
The power train
The all-new Swift hybrid is most likely to get a 658cc, three-cylinder petrol engine that develops a maximum power output of 73 bhp. It will work together with a Lithium-ion battery that will be developed in-house, in order to improve the mileage of the car. The combination of motor and electric battery claims of a 48.2 kmpl of fuel efficiency.
When to expect the first Maruti Suzuki electric vehicle?
Presently, Maruti Suzuki has around 75 percent of the total passenger vehicles running in India and suddenly making affordable electric cars may incur huge losses for the company. Keeping all this in mind, it is planning its electric future in the country. It feels that to jump into the electrification of cars without looking at the ground reality would not be a smart idea.
We can expect the joint venture of Maruti Suzuki and Toyota top bring their first EV by 2020. It is doing a comprehensive study for the survival of electric cars in the country and we expect it to come out with some good conclusion.