Hybrid cars have always been behind the curtains in the Indian market. While they work as a best middle ground in terms of economy and efficiency, no subsidy from the government makes them a tough sell in the Indian market. Hybrid tech is expensive and there is no way to avoid that. No brand has ever tried locally producing a hybrid vehicle in the Indian market as it just doesn’t make a business case. However, there is some scope with the upcoming hybrid cars in India 2021 and the following years.
While the cars mentioned in the list are expected to get launched in the coming years, take them with a pinch of salt as the actual timeline, price and model year could vary.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid
Maruti Suzuki India showcased the Swift Hybrid at the 2020 Auto Expo. Don’t mistake for the Smart Hybrid that MSIL has been offering with the Ciaz, Ertiga and Baleno. Unlike the Smart Hybrid, the Swift Hybrid packs in an electric motor and a Li-ion battery pack. The electric motor churns out 13.5Hp and 30 Nm of torque whereas the figures for the engine stands at 91Hp and 118 Nm of torque. It is the same engine we get in the new Swift, Dzire and Baleno.
In terms of features, the Swift Hybrid offers ventilated seats, cruise control, paddle shifters and a suite of safety assistance systems. Maruti Suzuki could consider the Swift Hybrid for the Indian market as its claimed fuel economy of over 30 km/l will surely find buyers. The Swift Hybrid is one of the few upcoming hybrid cars in India under 10 lakhs.
Jeep India is soon to launch the new Meridian SUV in the Indian market. It has been already unveiled in the global markets with the name Commander. However, in the Indian market, it will most likely be called Meridian. The Meridian will come powered with a 2.0-litre diesel engine that will be paired with a 48v Mild Hybrid system. Transmission duties will be handled via a 9-speed automatic gearbox along with an AWD. Jeep Meridian will be offered in 6- and 7-seater configurations along with other features like ventilated seats, 360-degree parking camera, panoramic sunroof and a lot more. Jeep Meridian is expected to get launched in mid-2022 and will take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster and Mahindra Alturas G4.
Honda City Hybrid
Honda Car India is going to launch the new City Hybrid in the Indian market soon. Honda Car India has confirmed the launch of the City e:HEV hybrid that is slated for mid-2022. It gets the 1.5-litre petrol engine that churns out 98Hp & 127 Nm of torque. The engine follows the Atkinson cycle and the electric motor puts out 109Hp and 253 Nm of torque. It will be the most-fuel efficient mass-market car in the Indian market with a claimed range of over 27.8 km/l. Honda is expected to price the City e:HEV in the region of Rs 16-18 lakh ex-showroom.
2021 Honda HR-V
Honda Car India was considering to launch the last-gen HR-V in the Indian market but it was called off last moment. With the arrival of the new-gen HR-V, Honda is now considering the HR-V e:HEV to launch in the Indina market. Honda HR-V also gets the same e:HEV powertrain we get in the City e:HEV but it gets more power. Honda HR-V is also called Vezel in some markets and it will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta. However, its expensive hybrid tech will rise the prices and it will be positioned above its competition.
Here were all the upcoming hybrid cars in India 2021 that are slated to get launched in the coming years. The prices of the hybrid cars mentioned could vary and so is the launch timeline. We expect more brands to take the initiative in launching the hybrid cars.
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