Maruti Suzuki is set to launch the Ciaz SHVS on September 1, 2015. This is the company’s first attempt at mild hybrid technology and it will be the first vehicle in this segment to feature this technology.
The SHVS technology brings in a larger battery under the hood along with an integrated starter motor. It will feature a start-stop system and an energy regenerating system that charges the battery during deceleration.
Maruti Suzuki says that this recovered energy will be used to power a motor to assist the engine. This reduces the load on the engine which should thereby increase its already impressive fuel economy figure of 26.21kmpl (claimed).
The Ciaz SHVS will also get a gearshift indicator. The engine used will be the same 1.3-litre turbo-diesel that makes 90PS and 200Nm.