Suzuki has showcased the hybrid version of its vastly popular Swift hatchback. The Hybrid variant of the Swift was shown at the currently ongoing Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. The hybrid hatchback has been on sale in Japan since July 2017 and could possibly come to Nepal in the future. Reports have already confirmed that Maruti Suzuki will launch its first electric car in Nepal by 2020 and also plans to convert its current range into hybrid electrics to be prepared for future emission laws.
In Japan, the Swift hybrid comes in two variants: Swift Hybrid SG and Swift Hybrid SL. The hybrid model pairs standard 91hp 1.2-litre petrol motor to a 10 kW Motor Generator Unit (MGU) and a 5-speed Auto Gear Shift (AGS) gearbox. In addition to driving assist with its motor function, the system automatically stops the engine and switches to EV driving when the vehicle is running at a constant speed or during creeping. The system on the Swift hybrid offers two driving modes to let the driver select between brisk driving, and driving with priority on fuel efficiency by increasing the frequency of EV driving. The company claims the car to provide a high fuel efficiency of 32.0km/L. The vehicle weight is kept within 1,000kg.
On the price front, the hatchback will be priced more than the regular version but we believe that MSI will tag the hatchback competitively. Pricing is yet another vital factor that determines fate of a car in Nepal, the Swift hybrid is likely to be priced a tad more than the regular version of the hatchback for obvious reasons but it will for sure be tagged within affordable range. Sources have revealed that Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid price in Nepal could range between Rs 30 lakh to Rs 40 lakh.
Sources close to development have revealed that the Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid is likely to get a low displacement, 658cc, three cylinder, petrol engine. The gasoline mill is expected to work in conjunction with a permanent magnet synchronous motor. Power expected to be generated by the low displacement petrol engine is around 73 Bhp which is good enough despite the fact that it has a small capacity. The hatchback is driven by three modes including series hybrid, parallel hybrid and all-electric. In the series hybrid mode, the petrol engine turns into a generator which powers the lithium ion battery which in turn powers the electric motor.
While in the parallel mode, the petrol as well as the electric motor together power the wheels. Possessing a kerb weight of 1600 kg, the vehicle takes around 1.5 hours for one complete charge. One of the highlights of the hybrid car version of Swift is the expected fuel economy, it is being speculated that Sift Hybrid will be able to run up to 48.2 km per litre. The electric driving range of the vehicle is around 25.5 kms. The Swift Hybrid SL variant is equipped with paddle shift. Plus, it comes with standard equipment of advanced safety features including the Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) collision-mitigating system that features a monocular camera and laser sensor to detect pedestrians and vehicles ahead, as well as SRS curtain airbags and front seat SRS side airbags.