Maruti Baleno premium hatchback for India will not receive the SHVS petrol hybrid variant which is reserved only for European markets, reports Economic Times. However, Maruti Suzuki India Limited is reportedly working on SHVS diesel hybrid variants of its popular models Ciaz, Ertiga, Swift and Dzire.
The small car specialist first mentioned SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) at the unveiling of its iK-2 (Baleno) and iM-4 concept models in Geneva earlier this year. The system which includes an Integrated Starter Generator (acts as a power assistant to IC engine) and regenerative braking will be paired to Baleno hatchback’s new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol motor codenamed K12C.
The automaker promises that SHVS hybrid technology will bring about significant improvement in fuel economy and reduction in emissions. The global premium hatchback is likely to be made exclusively in India and exported to European markets.
Maruti Suzuki may not be interested in Baleno SHVS hybrid variant since the combination of new direct injection turbo petrol engine and hybrid system will shoot the price tag to a level which can’t be sufficiently offset by Indian government’s FAME subsidy alone.
The mild hybrid technology makes better economic sense in bigger cars since it makes them eligible for a discounted excise duty of 12.5%. It’s to be noted that, Baleno, being a sub-4m model, enjoys lower excise duty in India even without hybridization.