Maruti Suzuki is considering introducing powerful hybrid technology across its entire model range, beginning with a new compact SUV to take on titans such as Hyundai Creta.
C.V. Raman, the chief technology officer of Maruti Suzuki India, stated in a report, “In the next five to seven years, every model will have some elements or the other. There will be no pure petrol power train across this range.” Raman also added that having hybrid solid power train options for the entire model lineup is one of the options being considered to avoid pure petrol cars.
Maruti Suzuki already incorporates mild-hybrid technology in models retailed through its Nexa and Arena outlets, which include cars like XL6, S-Cross, Cias, Ertiga, and the recently launched 2022 Brezza. The current mild-hybrid technology in these models is narrow to managing the engine’s idle start-stop function and provides mild torque support.
For the robust hybrid SUV in the works, the power unit will be the 1.5-liter petrol-hybrid found in the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hryder. The unit makes a combined 116PS and is paired to an e-CVT that will distribute the power to the front wheels.
Maruti Suzuki will also offer its 103Ps 1.5 liters mild-hybrid petrol engine alongside it and should also provide it with an all-wheel drive train like its Toyota counterpart.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder’s covers are already off and are expected to go on sale around early September. Maruti Suzuki is slated to unveil its version of the compact SUV on July 20 with a simultaneous launch with its Toyota corresponding item.
Prices of the models could start from Rs 9.5 lakhs, the ex-showroom price mark, and they will rival models including Skoda Kushag, Kia Seltos, MG Astor, and VW Taigun aside from the Hyundai Creta.