Maruti Suzuki is all set to extend the SHVS (mild hybrid) engines to other models of its line-up. The second vehicle will be the new Ertiga slated for a launch in October, reports The Economic Times.
The first diesel-hybrid car that Maruti Suzuki will bring is the Ciaz and the launch is expected anytime soon.
The report seems to be authentic, considering both the Ciaz and the Ertiga use the same fiat-sourced 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel engine developing 89bhp and 200Nm of torque.
SHVS stands for Smart Hybrid Vehicle. It makes use of lithium ion battery that gets charged with the help of regenerative braking. The system converts the kinetic energy of the rolling wheels into electricity for charging up the battery and a start-stop system to boost mileage.
With the technology in place, the Ciaz is expected to return a fuel efficiency of 28kmpl as against the current 26.21kmpl. The Ertiga hybrid will be able to return 23kmpl compared to the current ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency of 20.77kmpl. The increase in fuel efficiency will give a slight edge to the cars over rivals.
The technology will be imported and therefore, the updated Ertiga is expected be pricier than the current model.
The government of India recently launched the FAME scheme offering incentives on electric and hybrid vehicles; it will be up to Rs 29,000 for bikes and up to Rs 1.38 lakh for cars. The Ertiga hybrid will be benefited by the scheme and Maruti Suzuki will be able to launch the vehicle without an increase in price.
The 2015 Ertiga will feature cosmetic upgrades such as embossing three-slat chrome grill. The fog lamps will get chrome housing and a newly designed bumper. A horizontal chrome slat above the registration plate and a set of reflectors on the bumper are the changes in the rear.
The facelift reportedly features engine start/stop button, new upholstery, electric folding mirrors, keyless entry and SmartPlay infotainment system.