Whether the interim Delhi odd-even rule should be extended further or not is a subject for a huge debate but the Maruti Ertiga SHVS and Ciaz SHVS have nothing to worry at all. Due to their classification as hybrid cars, the recently launched diesel variants with Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) are exempted from the rule which puts regular private cars off the city’s roads on alternate days based on their registration numbers.
The SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle Suzuki) is a mild hybrid system which relies on the ISG for start-stop, brake energy recuperation and Engine Power Assist functionalities. The net result is a considerable improvement in the fuel efficiency. The SHVS variants of the Ciaz and Ertiga are eligible for the government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and hybrid vehicles) subsidy of INR 13,000.
The mild hybrid system is mated to the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine which is tuned to generate 90 PS and 200 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission which drives the front wheels. Maruti is expected to introduce this hybrid system throughout its lineup in a phased manner.
Given that Delhi is the largest auto market within in India, exemptions from the odd-even rule is expected to give the Maruti Ertiga and Ciaz SHVS variants a significant edge over its rivals should the rule be extended further.
Maruti Ertiga SHVS – Photos
Via – AutocarIndia.com