Maruti Suzuki, will launch the all new Ciaz SHVS Hybrid sedan on the 1st of September. The Ciaz will complete its first anniversary in October. Maruti Suzuki seems to be impatient and wants to cash on the festive season. The Ciaz SHVS Hybrid will be the first mode in the Indian market to come with mild hybrid technology and will be touted as the most fuel-efficient car in India at 28 km/litre, thus making the company offering the maximum number of models with high fuel efficiency.
Maruti will offer this technology on diesel engines only and petrol option could be offered in future.
The new variants will replace the existing Ciaz diesel, and will take on the Honda City which also offers 26 kmpl with the diesel option.
The new technology will not be priced at a premium making, instead it could cost in the range of Rs. 25-40 thousand. This is the second time Maruti has been able to offer new technologies to masses at affordable prices. The Celerio was the first to offer AMT technology and now the Ciaz will be first to offer micro hybird.
Besides the hybrid system, Maruti Suzuki will also standard driver airbag across all Ciaz variants. While from the V(O), the Ciaz will get dual airbags, Anti-lockig braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) system as standard feature.
Thanks to the incentives given by the government through lower excise duty of 12.5%t and subsidy extension of Rs. 12,000- Rs. 13,000 under electric and hybrid vehicle policy of FAME, will help the company save over Rs. 1 lakh on the ticket price.
Maruti Suzuki plans to extend this technology to Ertiga, Swift and Swift Dzire in the coming months. Mahindra was the first to offer micro hybrid technology in India but could not create much hype as Maruti will most likely get.