Maruti Baleno diesel with SHVS mild-hybrid to launch next year
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Will get FAME incentives of around INR 13,000.
According to a report on IB Times, Maruti-Suzuki will launch its SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild-hybrid technology on the Maruti Baleno next year. The SHVS system will be offered on the diesel variant of the Baleno, the report adds.
The 1.3-liter Fiat-sourced DDiS diesel engine on the Baleno is already offered with the SHVS system on the Maruti Ertiga and Maruti Ciaz. Apart from fuel efficiency benefits, these models also qualify for the government of India’s FAME policy, and get a subsidy of INR 13,000, which is passed wholly to customers. The Baleno SHVS would also receive such a subsidy.
Currently, the Baleno diesel claims an ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 27.39 km/l, but with the mild-hybrid system, fuel efficiency could increase by around 10 percent. The SHVS system combines an integrated starter generator, brake energy recovery system and an auto start-stop system.
Aside from the Baleno SHVS, Maruti is also working on the Baleno RS with the 1.0-liter turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine. The Baleno RS is expected to launch this financial year, as will the Maruti Ignis.
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[Source: IB Times]