Maruti’s forthcoming midsize SUV will be the first Advanced-hybrid offering in the brand’s portfolio
Recently, Toyota announced the new Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyrbid Strong-hybrid SUV in India, but Maruti Suzuki is now set to launch its version of this hybrid SUV as well. Once launched, this new SUV will lock its horns with the rivals like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, and the Skoda Kushaq.
In spite of this, the Indian carmaker recently announced plans to switch to cleaner powertrain options in the next five to seven years. A strong-hybrid engine is also being considered for all of the brand’s models in order to avoid pure petrol vehicles. Maruti Suzuki’s upcoming hybrid cars in India are described here.
The Ertiga, XL6, Ciaz, and the new 2022 Brezza compact SUV are just a few Maruti Suzuki cars that use mild-hybrid technology. With this mild-hybrid powertrain, mild torque is delivered in start-stop traffic and idle start-stop is handled as well. This mild-hybrid setup will be one of the two powertrain options to be offered with Maruti’s upcoming midsize SUV.
The Indian carmaker is also offering multiple models in its CNG portfolio and will also be working on bio-CNG compliant engines for smaller, more affordable models. The brand’s first strong-hybrid SUV will feature the same 1.5L powertrain that is also offered with the Toyota Hyryder.
An e-CVT transmission transmits power to the front seats with an output of 115 hp, providing impressive performance. Going ahead, we might see Maruti using the same setup to power cars like the XL6, Ertiga, and the 2022 Brezza. Needless to say, all these cars will continue to be offered with mild-hybrid tech to keep the price competitive.
A new hybrid SUV will be launched by Maruti on July 20 and is expected to be priced between Rs 10 and Rs 20 lakh. In its upcoming models for India, the brand will introduce cleaner and more fuel-efficient powertrain options.