Maruti is expected to introduce the Swift Hybrid to India soon, in an effort to fill the gap left by diesel vehicles in its lineup.
Maruti Suzuki had showcased a range of EVs and hybrid tech at the Auto Expo 2020. The carmaker is planning to retail around one million electrified cars in India as per the company's " Mission Green Million" initiative. One can also expect the inclusion of Swift Hybrid as a part of this plan. The biggest attention-grabber at Maruti's stall at Auto Expo 2020 was the Futuro-e concept, but the visitors also showed some interest towards the Swift Hybrid. The hybrid hatchback made its public debut at the Indonesian Motor Show in 2018. Right now, the car is already on sale in Japan.
Mechanically, Maruti Swift Hybrid is powered by a 1.2-litre, inline-4 petrol mill, which churns out 91 PS of peak power and 118 Nm of peak torque. The transmission duties are performed by a 5-speed AMT. Moreover, the hatchback also features a 10 kW motor/generator along with a 48V hybrid system. This Japanese-spec hybrid model is rated to offer 32 kmpl of mileage. The India-spec Swift Hybrid will be less efficient as compared to international-spec model because the road quality in Japan along with fuel quality is a way better than India. One can expect the same model to offer 30 kmpl of fuel efficiency in India, which is not bad at all.
The carmaker is planning to retail around millions of electrified cars in India as the company's " Mission Green Million" initiative
In terms of looks, the Swift Hybrid looks almost identical to the regular Maruti Swift. At the front, the hatchback gets an updated grille. The side profile of the car features a new set of alloy wheels. The rear section now features "Hybrid" badging. The Indian carmaker is selling models like- XL6, Ertiga, Baleno and Ciaz with a 12V mild-hybrid system, which is more like a start/stop system for better efficiency. The mild-hybrid cars enhance fuel efficiency by a very little margin. The regular Maruti Swift offers 21.21 kmpl (petrol) of mileage, while the diesel trim is good for 29.4 kmpl (diesel) of fuel efficiency.