Maruti Swift to get a hybrid variant; slated for 2017 launch
Maruti Suzuki is in plan to roll out the new Swift Hybrid that will use the low cost hybrid technology, in India. The company plan to leverage the high cost of batteries by manufacturing the drivetrain in India instead of importing the kit from Japan. Among the hybrid cars, the Camry Hybrid is the most affordable hybrid in India followed by the Prius that comes to India as CBU.
According to a report on Business Standard, Maruti is not interested in pure electric cars as India does not have the required infrastructure. Maruti had also showcased the Swift Range Extender at the 2014 Auto Expo. As per various reports, the Swift Range Extender will be provided to the Indian Government for a pilot study this year. The Swift Range Extender will be manufactured in India but the drivetrain and key components will be imported from Japan and other countries.
The Swift Range Extender that was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo was powered by a three cylinder 658 cc petrol engine aided by an electric motor. Maruti had assured a fuel efficiency of 48.2 kms per litre with an electric range of 25.5 kms.
With growing competition in the automotive market, Maruti is working towards introducing new products and redesigning its existing products that have been trendsetters in various segments of the automobile industry.
The company will shortly introduce the 2015 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire facelift and the company is accepting bookings for the compact sedan. The 2015 Maruti Suzuki Celerio is scheduled to be launched in April, this year.
The company has also launched the 2015 Maruti Ciaz Z+, which is the upgraded model of the fuel efficient sedan, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Windsong edition of the Maruti Swift has also been launched. This year, the automaker also plans to launch the facelifted version of Maruti Ertiga (to maintain it’s position in the MPV segment).
With the launch of the Swift Hybrid, Maruti Suzuki aims to retain its lead position as a fuel efficient carmaker.