Maruti Suzuki Baleno Hybrid spotted testing in India

Maruti Suzuki may launch the Baleno's all-hybrid edition next year compared to the current petrol edition.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Hybrid

Maruti Suzuki India has recently reported bringing the diesel engine back to its premium range models and the company is also planning to go ahead with hybrid technology. The country's largest carmaker already has an SHVS mild-hybrid powertrain in the form of a 1.5-litre K15B engine and is used in the Ciaz, Ertiga, XL6, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross.

It is no secret that the Indo-Japanese manufacturer is at a loss due to the closure of diesel vehicles and rivals such as Hyundai, Mahindra, Tata and Kia are taking advantage of the presence of oil-burner in their portfolios, mainly in the compact SUV and mid-size SUV segments.

The company is working on the all-electric version of its popular hatchback WagonR and will introduce it soon as well as it's first zero-emission vehicle. Maruti Suzuki intends to pursue Green Mobility Solutions and it currently has a range of affordable models powered by S-CNG.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Hybrid Tested in India

At the 2020 Auto Expo, the company showcased the hybrid version of the JDM-spec swift and the car received good response at the show. It should be remembered here that recently the teaser of a new edition of Baleno premium hatchback was released, but no information has been revealed so far about it yet.

The 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine was also expected to make a comeback, but it hasn't happened yet. There is another possibility that Maruti Suzuki Baleno may get the Hybrid variant. The Baleno with the strain gauge device has been spotted testing in Lonavala, Maharashtra, pointing to a hybrid system that can help deliver more fuel efficiency than a regular petrol mill.

Maruti Suzuki has lost the benefits of providing class-leading cost-effective engines due to the discontinuation of diesel powertrains across the range. In recovering that back, the powerful hybrid system will assist. The Suzuki Swift Hybrid featured at the Auto Expo claimed to give a mileage of around 32 km per litre and used a 1.2-litre dual Jet petrol engine with an electric motor.


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