Top 5 Hybrid Cars Available in India
Indian government has started encouraging the hybrid vehicles by giving a discount benefit to the buyers
The world automotive market is becoming more and more open towards the hybrid and electric cars. But India customers still are not so much open about the hybrid cars or electric ones. We still rely heavily on fossil fuels over environment friendly electric or hybrid powertrains. Though in recent past we have seen the Indian customers are gradually opening up towards new ideas. More and more customers are now a days opting to buy the hybrid cars.
Indian government is also encouraging the customers to buy hybrid cars for better environment in future. The hybrid cars come with a specially discounted price, which is offered by the Indian government. Here we made a list of the top 5 hybrid cars available in Indian market. Interestingly, in this list you will find supercars to small hatchbacks as well as executive sedans also.
BMW i8 is surely a stunning supercar, and it is powered by a hybrid powertrain. It was first appeared in India at the 2014 New Delhi Auto Expo. This car is so stunningly beautiful, that Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and film icon Shahrukh Khan also bought themselves the BMW i8. Interestingly, the first batch of BMW i8 imported in India is already sold. The car is powered by a 1.5 litre inline 3 cylinder petrol engine which is combined with a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery. The petrol engine churns out 228 bhp of peak power while the electric motor itself is capable to kick out 129bhp of peak power. Combined the hybrid powertrain generates a massive 357 bhp of peak power. Transmission duty is done by a 6 speed automatic gearbox. The German sports car can run at a top speed of 120 kmph in all electric mode, the car’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 kmph. It can reach 0 – 100 kmph in 4.4 seconds. The car comes with a whooping 2.29 crore price tag.
Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz is the Indo Japanese auto manufacturer’s first attempt in the luxury sedan segment. This premium sedan was initially launched with conventional internal combustion powertrain technology. But later the SHVS technology was introduced, which is known as the Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki. The hybrid Ciaz has been known as the Ciaz SHVS. It is powered by a 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine which is combined with an Integrated Starter Generator or ISG. Combined the car generates 89 bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque. This car has every reason to be popular in Indian market. First of all it is manufactured by Maruti-Suzuki, India’s most trusted automotive brand. Secondly, the car comes pretty stylish and offers several premium features. And finally the ARAI certified fuel economy of this car is amazing at 28.09 kmpl. Apart from the mild hybrid system the car also features engine start and stop technology, which saves lot of power. Pricing for the car is INR. 8.70 lakh.
There is absolutely no doubt that Toyota Camry Hybrid played a very crucial role in making the hybrid powertrain popular across the world. The Camry Hybrid has been one of the most popular hybrid vehicle around the globe. In India Toyota is a very popular automotive brand. Despite Indian customers being not very enthusiastic about hybrid cars, the Toyota Camry Hybrid has garnered quite an interest in the country. Toyota recently reported that the Camry Hybrid sales figure is increasing in the country. The sedan comes powered by a 2.5 litre DOHC VVI-I petrol engine which is combined with an electric motor. The powertrain churns out 202 bhp as combined. The petrol engine generates 158 bhp of peak power, while the electric motor delivers 44 bhp. The battery used by the hybrid powertrain is a nickel metal hydride unlike the conventional lithium-ion. Transmission duty in the car is done by an electric CVT gearbox or e-CVT. It comes with three different driving modes which are EV, Eco and Normal. The car offers an ARAI certified fuel economy of 19.6 kmpl.
Toyota Prius Hybrid was the first hybrid car introduced in India in 2012. The car might not be aesthetically beautiful, but it is practical and most interestingly, the Prius hybrid comes with an environment friendly powertrain. Power source for the car is a 1.8 litre 2ZR-FXE four cylinder inline twin cam petrol engine combined with a Ni-MH battery. The petrol engine churns out 97 bhp of peak power and 142 Nm of peak torque. Combined, the hybrid powertrain kicks out 134 bhp of peak power. This car gets three different drive modes, which are EV, Eco and Power. No wonder the EV is the all electric driving mode. The car offers an impressive fuel economy of 23.91 kmpl. Available in two different trims the car gets a price tag around INR. 30 lakh.
Right next to the Toyota Innova Crysta the best selling MPV of India is the Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga. Interestingly, the Indo Japanese auto manufacturer has introduced the SHVS technology to the car. The car uses the same technology and same engine like the Ciaz SHVS sedan. Power source is a 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine with an Integrated Starter Generator or ISG. Like the Ciaz SHVS this car also produces 89 bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque. ARAI certified fuel economy for this car stands at 24.52 kmpl. It comes at a price tag around INR. 10 lakh.