Maruti Wagon R to get ‘Idling Stop’ technology for higher mileage – Report
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The system will come with a feature called Eco Cool.
As reported earlier, Maruti-Suzuki is planning on introducing a stop-start system on key models, in a bid to increase their fuel efficiency. According to a report on Autocar India, the first model to come with Maruti’s ‘Idling Stop’ technology will be the Wagon R.
With this, Maruti will be the first manufacturer to offer a stop-start system on a mass-market hatchback. Mahindra offers this system, dubbed Micro Hybrid, on models like the Bolero, and the forthcoming S101 and U301 could also benefit from this technology.
Essentially, the system shuts off the engine when the car comes to a rest, and restarts the engine when the driver presses the clutch. As a result, the AC shuts down as well. However, the Idling Stop technology will come with a feature called Eco Cool wherein cool air will flow through the cabin even with the engine switched off thanks to a cooling storage device located in the AC unit.
The Wagon R equipped with Idling Stop is likely to return about 2 km/l more than the current model. Going forth, reports state that Maruti will offer this system on products like the Ertiga facelift and even the Ciaz.
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[Source – Autocar India]