Here’s something interesting for Maruti fans, the folks at by Gaadiwaadi have spotted a mild-hybrid version of the Maruti Ciaz. This variant has already started arriving at Maruti dealerships and could pitch the Ciaz SHVS as an environment-friendly variant.
The ‘SVHS’ (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Maruti Suzuki) technology would be only available on the diesel 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet diesel engine initially. This system is likely to increase the Ciaz’s fuel-efficiency from the already segment-best 26.2 kmpl close to 30 kmpl. It will be the first ever hybrid car from the Maruti stable and the first hybrid vehicle in its segment, which will attract more customers to Maruti showrooms.
The hybrid model might come equipped with an idling start/stop system, a larger battery and an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). While the vehicle is braking, the ISG converts the kinetic energy of the rolling wheels into electricity and stores in the battery, this system combines it with the power from the engine to help the vehicle during acceleration.
When the car comes to halt due to traffic signal/jam, is in neutral gear, the engine will shut down automatically after few seconds. To restart, the driver must press the clutch pedal, the engine starts immediately for continuing the journey, however, the driver’s seatbelt has to be locked, driver door and bonnet of the car should be closed. The SHVS system can be manually switched-off by pressing a button below the center console.
Other than the SHVS variant, the Ciaz gets a new V(O) variant on both petrol and diesel trim with safety pack. This safety pack includes ABS and EBD, driver and passenger airbags, seatbelt with pre-tensioners and force limiters and a seatbelt reminder with buzzer. These features will be a part of standard equipment on all variants of the car from the V(O) to the top-end Z+ variant. All variants of Ciaz including, the entry-level V variant will get a driver airbag as a part of standard equipment.
The company currently sells the Ciaz via NEXA outlets and this move points towards a very bright future of Maruti Cars in India.
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