The automotive industry in India is currently undergoing a significant transformation, with the rise in demand for hybrid vehicles. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness among consumers about the need to reduce carbon footprint and improve fuel efficiency. This has resulted in a surge in the demand for hybrid cars in the country, which offer a unique combination of both electric and conventional propulsion systems. With the government offering significant incentives and tax benefits to encourage the adoption of hybrid vehicles, the market for these cars is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Many automakers have already started launching new hybrid models in India, and there are several others in the pipeline.
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In this article, we take a look at some of the ‘Upcoming Hybrid Cars in India’.
Nissan Motor India had recently showcased the All New X-Trail in India alongside the Juke and Qashqai SUVs. The automaker is already testing the X-Trail in the country, and is likely to launch it as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) by the 2023 festive season. Expect the SUV to be priced upwards of Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom) as it will compete against the likes of the Škoda Kodiaq and Jeep Meridian in its segment.
The X-Trail is expected to be offered in India with Nissan’s e-Power strong hybrid engine that makes 202 bhp with 300 Nm of peak torque in the 2WD variants and 213 bhp with 525 Nm torque in the AWD trims. It could come equipped with a 6-speed torque converter gearbox.
Next-Gen Maruti Suzuki Swift
Maruti is going all in with hybrids in India following the success of the Grand Vitara. Slated to launch by the end of 2023 or early 2024, the Next-Generation Swift too is expected to be offered with a strong-hybrid powertrain alongside the petrol engine.
The New Swift Hybrid is likely to be powered by a 1.2-litre three-pot petrol engine that will be mated to Toyota’s strong-hybrid tech already seen on the Grand Vitara. In the SUV, the powertrain makes a power output of 115 bhp with 122 Nm of peak torque but for the hatchback we presume that it would be detuned. This will be done to provide better mileage which could be in the range of 35 to 40 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki C-Segment MPV
The homegrown automaker is also believed to be developing a new C-segment MPV that will sit above the Ertiga and XL6. Sold exclusively through Maruti’s NEXA dealerships, it will be similar to the recently launched Innova Hycross but will feature distinctive styling. However, the new MPV will likely share internals and powertrain options with the Toyota.
Likely powertrain options would be a 2-litre petrol or a 2-litre strong hybrid motor, same as the Innova Hycross. The former delivers a maximum power output of 174bhp with 197 of peak torque while the latter produces 186 bhp with an identical 197 Nm torque. Transmission duties would be handled by a CVT or eCVT automatic gearbox.
Expect the New Maruti MPV to be launched by the third quarter of 2023, with prices starting from around Rs 17 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Honda Compact SUV
Honda Car India is planning to launch a new subcompact SUV in the Indian market by the end of 2023. Based on the Amaze’s platform, it will be sub-4-metres in length. When launched, the four-wheeler will compete against the likes of the Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet, Nissan Magnite, and Maruti Brezza in its segment.
The upcoming New Honda SUV is likely to be offered with the same strong-hybrid powertrain as the City e:HEV. It would be a 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine powering dual electric motors which combined would deliver a power output of 109 bhp with 253 Nm of peak torque. Transmission option would include an eCVT gearbox.
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