The Baleno hatchback from Maruti Suzuki has played a vital role in contributing to the manufacturer’s overall sales numbers in the country. In an effort to strengthen the premium hatchback’s standing in the country, the automaker is developing a mild-hybrid SHVS version of the popular hatchback. Spotted on the country’s streets on numerous occasions, the SHVS version likely to be launched in the country next year. The changes will be limited to technological upgrades, while major design changes are not expected for now.
Currently, Maruti Suzuki offers the SHVS system on the Ertiga and the Ciaz sedan. This time around, it will be the Baleno which is powered by a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine which has been sourced from Fiat. The mild-hybrid technology claims to deliver around 10 per cent more fuel efficiency than the regular diesel version. This will mean that the Baleno SHVS might deliver well over the 27.39kmpl. The SHVS system is a combined system featuring an integrated starter generator, brake energy recovery system and an auto start-stop system.
A major difference in cost between the Baleno SHVS and the regular Baleno diesel is not expected, as these vehicles benefit from the FAME policy and are entitled to receive subsidy, which will eventually benefit customers. The automaker is also working on a powerful 1.0-litre turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine variant, which is likely to be introduced as the Baleno RS. News has also been doing rounds that Maruti is also planning on introducing a petrol SHVS variant. Though unlikely, if introduced it will continue to be powered by the existing 1.2-litre K-series petrol engine. More details about the upcoming vehicle will be known in the coming days.