The Swift Hybrid features a 1.2L petrol engine and a 10 kW motor. With no launch plans this year, it’s a part of ‘strong hybrid’ line-up in India by Maruti Suzuki.
The hybrid iteration of the famous Maruti Suzuki Swift hatchback has been unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo. The displayed Swift hybrid is packed with a powerful electric motor is paired with a 1.2L petrol powertrain engine. Capable to deliver a good 91hp of power, it can return anything around 32kmpl in Japanese driving cycle (JC08). The powerful battery pack and electric motor offered on the greener Swift are more potent against the one that Maruti offers in India in its various models.
The Maruti Swift hybrid launch may not happen, however, expectations are ripe that such eco-friendly set of engines will be seen in Maruti line-up early 2021. With eyes on ‘Mission Green Million’ strategy, Maruti intends to sell 1 million green vehicles in India. Under this ideation, the company will present affordable hybrid technologies, while in coming years it will gradually move towards electrified engines.
In terms of appearance, the Swift model on display was a Japan-spec model identical to the India-bound hatchback unit. The hybrid variant showcased featured slight change at the front with the altered front bumper (sensor enabled) for self-directed emergency braking. Along with identical LED DRL headlamps, the windshield was embedded with a camera and other sensors for the lane departure system. Side profile sees ‘Hybrid’ badge and restyled 16-inch (15-inch in India-spec) alloy wheels. Moreover, the rear is similar to the ongoing regular Swift in the country save for ‘Hybrid’ insignia. It measures 3840mm (length), 1692mm (width) and 1500mm (height) and gets a wheelbase of 2450mm. The length and wheelbase measurements are 40mm narrower and 30mm lower respectively.
Inside, the hybrid version of the Swift is endowed with similar flat-bottom steering as seen in our India-bound Swift. However, the feature of ECO mode, cruise control and larger MID display (Baleno NEXA-like) makes the difference. Other premium elements found on this Japan-spec Swift hybrid model include ventilated driver seat, 5-speed AMT with paddle shifters, and others. The safety feature list comprises of ABS with EBD and ESC, rear parking sensors and parking camera, dual front airbags, auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, and more.
The showcased Japan-spec Swift Hybrid model may not enter in the company’s portfolio. However, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is all geared to bring in similar strong hybrids by next year in India once the operations of its battery production unit in Gujarat kicks-off. With the exit of diesel powertrains, the introduction of its car models with strong and capable hybrids will mark the new and cleaner era of engines from MSI.
In addition to the hybrid variant of Swift, Maruti also showcased Futuro-e coupe SUV EV concept. The global premiere of the latest prototype indicated clear intentions of the carmaker towards electric vehicles.