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Maruti Suzuki Swift and Dzire could get new engine with 35 km/l mileage

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Strict BS-6 emissions standards spelled the death knell for Maruti Suzuki’s diesel-powered vehicles in India. Maruti Suzuki then focused on improving the fuel efficiency of its existing gasoline engines to attract customers looking for maximum fuel efficiency. It has also introduced CNG in more models in its lineup as an interim solution.

Now, after seeing success with its Grand Vitara full-hybrid SUV, Maruti is considering hybrid technology for its small vehicles to deliver more fuel economy. According to a report by Coach India, the next-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift and Dzire could be powered by a full-hybrid powertrain capable of delivering fuel efficiency in excess of 35 km/l. Does this mean Maruti Suzuki will phase out CNG variants with its arrival? Let’s try to understand.

Is the hybrid the new Maruti diesel?

Maruti Suzuki Swift and Dzire could get new engine with 35 km/l mileage

The report suggests that the new Swift and Dzire codenamed YED could get an all-new 1.2-litre petrol engine (codename Z12E). It will be a three-cylinder paired with an electric motor as opposed to the four-cylinder K12C engine currently on offer. Similar to the Grand Vitara Hybridthis engine will use Toyota hybrid technology to deliver maximum energy efficiency.

According to Autocar, the new generation Maruti Suzuki Swift and Dzire will be the most fuel-efficient cars in the company’s lineup with an ARAI-rated fuel economy of between 35 and 40 km/l. That would be even higher than the abandoned Swift diesel’s claim of 28.4 km/l.

With the Maruti-Suzuki With the Grand Vitara Hybrid’s fuel efficiency rated at 27.97km/l, it’s possible the Swift could extract more mileage due to its lower curb weight. Suffice to say that this could fill the void left by diesel models for Maruti. Also, with CNG prices catching up with gasoline prices, Maruti-Suzuki might not offer the Swift and Dzire generation in CNG form at all.

Will the Swift/Dzire hybrid models be expensive?

Maruti-Suzuki could use a strongly localized 1.2-liter hybrid powertrain for its next-generation Swift and Dzire, which will save the company import duties. The current price difference between the mild hybrid model of the Grand Vitara and the strong hybrid model is around ₹2.6 lakhs. However, the price difference between pure petrol and hybrid models of the Toyota Hyryder which is basically a Grand Vitara below is around ₹2 lakhs.

We can expect Maruti to price the new Swift/Dzire hybrids at a premium of around ₹1.5 lakhs over the pure petrol counterparts. All the more reason for Maruti to phase out CNG variants, which cost about ₹1 lakh more than gasoline models. It would make more sense for buyers to go for the hybrid models by shelling out a premium of just ₹50,000. The new Swift/Dzire are expected to launch in 2023, while hybrid variants may follow later.

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Article first published: Friday, November 11, 2022, 3:35 p.m.
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