Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) launched the much-awaited Ciaz Hybrid in India on September 1, 2015 that features the company’s SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild-hybrid technology. This technology helps the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Hybrid SHVS return the industry-leading 28.08kmpl. Launched in the price range of Rs. 8.23 lakh – Rs. 10.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Maruti Ciaz Hybrid is priced shockingly less than the old diesel model.
Boasted with the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild-hybrid technology, the Maruti Ciaz Hybrid is claimed to return a fuel economy of 28.09kmpl. This makes it India’s most fuel efficient car, followed by the Celerio Diesel and Dzire Diesel. The sedan is also equipped with smart hybrid features such as Idle engine start/ stop system, power assist and brake energy regeneration. Available in 5 variants, the Maruti Ciaz Hybrid has been introduced as a replacement of the diesel version of the sedan.
Variant-wise Prices (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)
Maruti Ciaz Hybrid VDi – Rs. 8.23 lakh
Maruti Ciaz Hybrid VDi (O) – Rs. 8.37 lakh
Maruti Ciaz Hybrid VDi+ – Rs. 8.81 lakh
Maruti Ciaz Hybrid ZDi – Rs. 9.52 lakh
Maruti Ciaz Hybrid ZDi+ – Rs. 10.17 lakh
Powering the Maruti Ciaz SHVS Hybrid is a 1.3-litre DDiS Multijet diesel engine with SVHS technology that comprises an integrated starter generator (ISG) and a high capacity battery. Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, this technology enhances fuel efficiency of the vehicle. This engine puts out a maximum power of 88.5bhp at 4,000rpm and 200Nm at 1,750rpm. Transmitting power to the wheels is a 5-speed manual transmission that is coupled with 2WD (two-wheel drive) system. The sedan is capable to accelerate 0-100kmph in 13.2 seconds.
Maruti Suzuki claims that the Smart Hybrid Engine offers “Class & Fineness”, and smoother driving experience. Interestingly, the company will also introduce the 2015 Maruti Ertiga and 2017 Maruti Swift and Swift Dzire with SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle By Suzuki) hybrid technology. The Swift hybrid twins are expected to return fuel efficiency over 30kmpl.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Hybrid is made available in 5 variants – VDi, VDi (O), VDi+, ZDi and ZDi+. Safety features like ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and a co-driver airbag with the driver side airbag are also on offer. Since the Ciaz Hybrid hasn’t received any cosmetic update, it looks identical to the old diesel models. Though, the SHVS badges mark a difference between both the variants.
Similar to the regular petrol models, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Hybrid measures 4,490mm in length, 1,730mm in width and 1,485mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,650mm, and a ground clearance of 170mm. The Ciaz SHVS Hybrid is available in seven color options – Pearl Snow White, Pearl Metallic Dignity Brown, Pearl Sangria Red, Pearl Midnight Black, Metallic Silky Silver, Metallic Glistening Gray and Metallic Clear Beige.
The interior of the Maruti Ciaz Hybrid is as premium and comfortable as the regular diesel models. Features on offer are a touchscreen SmartPlay system with voice command and navigation system, leather seat upholstery, steering mounted audio and calling controls, audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, dual airbag, ABS (anti-lock braking system), reverse parking sensor, etc.
The SHVS technology with assistance of brake energy regeneration system converts wheels’ kinetic energy into electricity via an integrated starter generator. The electricity with an idle start-stop system helps the engine to produce extra torque whenever needed. Furthermore, it automatically switches-off the car while stopping at a traffic light that helps the car offer a better fuel economy. The Ciaz SHVS Hybrid also features Blue Technology that reduces harmful emissions from engine, making it a more environment-friendly product.
Maruti Ciaz SHVS Hybrid Engine Details
Engine Type – 1.3-litre Multijet Diesel with Mild-hybrid technology
Power – 88.5bhp @ 6,000rpm
Torque – 200Nm @ 1,750rpm
Acceleration – 0-100kmph in 13.2 seconds
Transmission – 5-speed Manual
Maruti Ciaz SHVS Hybrid Mileage – 28.09kmpl