A petrol small car that could deliver mileage of around 25 kmpl is what people on tight budget are hoping for. Maruti is working on development of low-cost hybrid solutions that will boost fuel efficiency to 20-30%. In next three to four years, Maruti wants to launch hybrid variants of entry level / small cars that will not demand huge premium over conventional petrol only versions. Thus far diesel cars were answer to economical running but gap between petrol and diesel prices has shrunk, waking people up to that fact that extra investment on oil burning cars may not be worthy anymore. So affordable hybrid car is likely the best alternative for cheaper commute, which Maruti is intense on bringing out.
According to source, hybrid technology in Maruti’s entry level portfolio is no more a concept, development is at advanced stage. Significant part of process is happening at parent company in Japan with key inputs from Indian R&D engineers. Goal remains, launch of hybrid superminis with least price difference from regular variants.
Maruti has already proven their capability to introduce game-changing technology at highly competitive pricing via Celerio. While rest of manufacturers offered automatic variants at bumped up price of about Rs. 1 lakh over manual version, Maruti managed to offer AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) at very affordable, rather competitive price. Maruti also impressed the market by delivering good mileage in Celerio AMT while rivalling (AT) cars still cannot stand a chance against it. Keeping this track record in mind and Maruti’s reach (dealer / service network) throughout the country, it may not seem too optimistic to think Maruti Suzuki will pull off compelling low-cost hybrid hatchback portfolio in coming years.
Via – Economic Times