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Maruti to develop strong 45 kmpl hybrid tech for cars under Rs.10 lakh

Maruti Suzuki’s Chairman R.C. Bhargava recently revealed Suzuki Japan’s efforts to develop cost-effective strong hybrid technology tailored for the Indian market. This announcement stands out amidst a global shift towards battery electric vehicles, as Maruti Suzuki and Toyota continue investing in strong hybrid electric vehicles.

Bhargava acknowledged the current high cost of hybrid technology used in Toyota’s models, leading to elevated vehicle prices. However, he expressed optimism about Suzuki Japan’s efforts to introduce strong hybrid tech that would enhance fuel efficiency at a more accessible price point.

Currently, Suzuki primarily offers mild-hybrid systems on its entry-level vehicles in its home market, while strong hybrid systems are limited to larger passenger vehicles like the Solio and Landy. However, the potential efficiency gains with strong hybrid systems are evident, particularly for smaller cars, as demonstrated by the Solio’s significantly higher mileage compared to its petrol variant.

In India, Maruti Suzuki’s strong hybrid offerings are limited to models derived from its collaboration with Toyota, such as the Grand Vitara and the Innova Hycross-based Invicto. However, the accessibility of these vehicles remains a concern, with the most affordable strong hybrid variant priced above Rs. 16 lakhs.