Suzuki’s 1.5-liter engine now gets hybrid option in Vitara; Will be featured in the upcoming Toyota/Maruti Hyundai Creta Rival

  • Suzuki’s hybrid powertrain consists of a new 1.5-liter K15C gasoline engine and an electric motor.
  • It can be driven in pure EV mode and a mix of EV and gasoline engine.
  • The Vitara hybrid offers 22.5 kmpl in the WLTP cycle.

In Europe, Suzuki introduced a hybrid option with the 1.5-litre petrol engine, an updated version of the K15B engine offered in cars like the Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 in India. The hybrid option debuts in the Vitara and is expected to be offered in other models in the future, including upcoming rival Toyota and Maruti Suzuki’s Hyundai Creta.

Suzuki’s updated 1.5-litre petrol engine, dubbed the K15C, delivers an identical 115hp (10hp more than the K15B) and 138Nm. It works in tandem with a 33PS/60Nm electric motor and drives the front or all four wheels via a 6-speed AMT. Like a typical hybrid vehicle, you can drive the Vitara Hybrid in pure EV mode for low-speed applications (Eco mode) or a mix of the two while driving hard (standard mode).

Suzuki’s hybrid powertrain also has a 12V lithium-ion battery and a 12V lead-acid battery to power vehicle components like electronics, lights and some features. This is all aimed at improving fuel economy, and the Vitara Hybrid delivers a claimed 22.5 kmpl in the WLTP cycle.

This engine could make its presence felt in the upcoming rival Hyundai Creta which is being jointly developed by Toyota and Maruti. That said, it won’t be the first mainstream hybrid vehicle to go on sale in India as Honda is gearing up to launch the City Hybrid anytime between April and June.

However, given the ever rising fuel prices, the hybrid option will be welcome for those looking for a fuel efficient alternative as Maruti has phased out diesel vehicles in India. And if introduced, it will be the only powerful hybrid model in its segment consisting of models like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Astor, Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq.

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