Maruti Ciaz SHVS hybrid launched in India, Prices start from Rs. 8.23 lakhs
Maruti has just launched the most affordable hybrid car in the country, Ciaz SHVS. The diesel hybrid has been launched at an introductory starting price of Rs. 8.23 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The hybrid technology enables the vehicle to return an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 28.09 km/l, thereby making it the country’s most fuel efficient car.
The newly launched diesel hybrid range replaces the entire conventional diesel engine line-up of the Ciaz and sees no changes on the aesthetic front except for SHVS badges. Even the interiors are the same as the old model. Under the bonnet is the same Fiat sourced 1.3-litre diesel mill that gives out 90 PS of peak power and 200 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Featuring the Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) technology, a Torque Assist Function helps in increasing the performance and acceleration of the sedan and an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) helps in turning the Ciaz SHVS’s engine off when the car is not moving. The engine comes back to life when the clutch is pressed once again. This feature is rarely offered on cars priced at this level and it basically helps in increasing the fuel efficiency by a great extent. In addition, a Brake Energy Regeneration system is also found on the car which helps in charging up the Ciaz SHVS’ battery when braking.
Maruti has launched new mid-variants called VDi (O) and VXi (O) which comes fitted with two airbags and ABS with EBD. The new hybrid range will enable the Ciaz to get closer to the C-segment’s most popular sedan, Honda City on the sales front. Apart from this, the Indian car major has given the Ciaz a big feature list as well. Despite the addition of the SHVS technology, prices of the vehicle have actually dropped from Rs. 9000 to Rs. 20,000 depending on the different variants owing to the government’s FAME initiative.
Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) of all the diesel hybrid variants are as follows:
• Ciaz Diesel SVHS VDi – Rs. 8.23 lakhs
• Ciaz Diesel SVHS VDi (O) – Rs. 8.37 lakhs
• Ciaz Diesel SVHS VDi+ – Rs. 8.81 lakhs
• Ciaz Diesel SVHS ZDi – Rs. 9.52 lakhs
• Ciaz Diesel SVHS ZDi+ – Rs. 10.17 lakhs