Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) today launched the mild hybrid version in its mid-sized sedan Ciaz, priced between Rs 8.23 lakh and Rs 10.17 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Ciaz SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki)  will be available only in the diesel version that is powered by a 1.3 litre engine (DDiS 200). The new hybrid Ciaz will come under the Government’s FAME programme (Faster adoption and manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicles) announced earlier this April. Under this scheme, the customers will be offered an incentive of Rs 1,800 to Rs 66 lakh from two-wheeler to buses. In four-wheelers, incentives range from Rs 13,000 to Rs 1.38 lakh. As the Ciaz SHVS comes under the hybrid category, it will get reduced excise benefit of 12.5% instead of 24% on the normal version.

Ciaz Smart Hybrid

Ciaz Smart Hybrid

The Ciaz SHVS gets an integrated starter generator, a larger capacity battery (70Ah) and start-stop technology that help the vehicle return better mileage. While the old Maruti Ciaz diesel had an ARAI certified mileage of 26.21Km/l, the Ciaz SHVS returns an outstanding 28.09Km/l. This effectively makes the Ciaz SHVS hybrid India’s most fuel-efficient car.


Incorporated with an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator), SHVS offers engine power assistance using the motor and thus achieves efficient power generation. With the help of ISG, the system also provides assistance to the engine start-stop technology that automatically stops the engine during traffic and starts when the clutch is released. The energy saved while decelerating or braking, which is otherwise lost is stored in the advance high capacity battery to enable acceleration enabling higher fuel efficiency. The DDiS 200 variable geometry turbocharger super combo is paired with the ISG for enhancing its performance and improving mileage.


Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, MSIL, said, “With Ciaz SHVS, we are deploying technology to benefit the customer and the environment. Ciaz SHVS will further strengthen its position. Ciaz SHVS is also special as it helps us participate in India’s vision of promoting hybrid and electric vehicles. By offering support through the FAME program, the Government has ensured that hybrid technology, while being clean and customer friendly, also becomes more attractive and accessible.”



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