A hybrid version of the Maruti Ciaz is on the cards, as leaked presentations and images suggest. To be called the Ciaz SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki), the mid-size sedan will use a mild hybrid system to boost fuel efficiency.
Essentially a stop-start system, the SHVS set-up will benefit from the combination of an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) and lithium ion batteries. The ISG replaces the conventional starter, generator and flywheel of the engine and provides an auxiliary function as a convenient automatic vehicle start-stop system for further improved fuel efficiency. A belt drive ensures quieter engine restarts.
The ISG, fed by the lithium-ion batteries, also provides regenerative braking by converting the kinetic energy of the rolling wheels into electricity that is stored in the conventional battery. This, relatively less complicated hybrid system improves fuel efficiency, but also keeps down the size, weight, and cost.
The SHVS technology would be available only on the 1.3-liter Fiat sourced Multijet diesel engine. What’s more, SHVS technology is also reportedly going to be standardised across the Ciaz diesel range. The Ciaz diesel is already one of the most fuelled efficient cars around, with an ARAI-certified mileage of 26.2 km/l. The hybrid versions are expected to deliver close to 30 km/l.
Apart from SHMaruti will now offer a driver airbag as standard fitment across Ciaz variants. A V(O) variant, in petrol and diesel, would also come with ABS and EBD, the latter being another new feature.