New-Generation Maruti Swift & Dzire to Get SHVS HybridSystem
Maruti Suzuki India that is planning to launch the Ciaz SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) will use this mild-hybrid system in some of its other popular models as well. According to a report published in ET, the 2015 Maruti Ertiga facelift will be the next car to get this technology. The report further says that the company has plans to install this system in all cars that are powered by the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine including the Swift and Dzire. While the Ertiga SHVS will come in October, 2015, the mild-hybrid versions of the Swift and Swift Dzire will only be offered with their new-generation models that won’t come before 2017.
The SHVS system with a larger capacity battery, integrated starter generator (ISG) and start-stop technology that work in conjunction to improve a vehicle’s fuel efficiency. The SHVS system, incorporated with ISG, offers engine power assistance through motor when required, and achieves efficient power regeneration. The system basically stops the engine at a traffic light and start upon releasing the clutch, which ultimately results into less fuel consumption.
Though the technology will be imported to India, subsidy of Rs. 12,000 – Rs. 13,000 under the government’s new policy FAME and lower excise duty of 12.5 per cent will offer the high cost, and will allow the company to price SHVS versions aggressively.
Expected to be priced around Rs. 35,000 – Rs. 40,000 more than the regular diesel model, the Ciaz is expected to return over 28km/l of mileage.