Auto Expo Live – Maruti Swift Range Extender with push-button start, keyless entry unveiled

Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 - 5:44pm IST

Tucked away in a small hall housing hybrid vehicles at the Auto Expo 2014 was the Maruti Swift Range Extender.

Maruti Swift Range Extender front live

According to Maruti Suzuki India’s internal tests, the Swift R.E gets a combined fuel efficiency of 48.2 kmpl, while its pure electric range is around 25.5 km. The Swift R.E is powered by an inline 3-cylinder 658 cc petrol engine and a permanent magnet synchronous motor that develops 73 hp.

The Swift R.E’s weight has gone up considerably, despite using a small engine and a fixed gear automatic gearbox, tipping the scales at 1,600 kg. The front-wheel drive car gets lithium-ion cells that take 1.5 hours to charge fully through a 200V socket, the company claims.

Maruti Swift Range Extender steering live

On the inside, there are a host of changes. The audio system is upgraded, with a small information display screen in the centre. There’s also a start/stop button and the car gets remote keyless entry. There’s little change on the outside, except for the car’s livery, yellow contrast roof and the rear disc brakes.

Like the standard Swift sold in India, the R.E measures 3,850 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, 1,530 mm in height and gets a wheelbase of 2,430 mm to seat five passengers in reasonable comfort.

Maruti Swift Range Extender – Image gallery

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5 thoughts on “Auto Expo Live – Maruti Swift Range Extender with push-button start, keyless entry unveiled

  1. Shreyas says:

    Hope Maruti breaks the jinx and bring this car on to the Indian market, they can work on this by modify this hybrid to charge itself on the run and when applying breaks( regenerate breaks), so people don’t have to plug in to the socket to charge( though this can be optional). Indian Government should wake up to the hybrid and introduce tax benefit on these vehicles. Let Maruti be the first company to introduce hybrid on mass market!

  2. Sandeep says:

    Fully charges in 1.5 hours? I guess we should connect directly to a transformer. I don’t think we can charge it in 1.5 hours from a normal 15 Amp power plugs in houses.

  3. sandy says:

    Its a serial hybrid car; 48.2 kmpl sounds impressive. If priced similar to its diesel model, then it may change the market preference and dynamic. However, we know its not feasible in near future.

  4. Nikhil says:

    while its pure electric range is around 25.5 kmpl.

    What does this mean??? Are you trying to say it can go 25 km on pure electric mode?

    1. Nikhil, its 25.5 km and not 25.5 kmpl. We’ve corrected this.


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