So we know through various reports that Volvo is looking to bring its entire range of plug-in hybrids to India. What started with just the XC90 T8 Excellence plug-in hybrid which is a luxury SUV will now soon see a long list of plug-in hybrids coming from the Swedish manufacturer. And Volvo according to CarTrade is doing this for a very good reason.
Volvo's current Luxury SUV will not be receiving any benefits from the governments FAME scheme since the company has been importing the same vehicle via the CBU route. With many more fresh models entering the country soon, Volvo Motors India could apply for a fresh new license and take advantage of the FAME scheme and pass on the benefits to its customers.
The scheme offers incentives on electric and hybrid vehicles of up to Rs 29,000 for bikes and Rs 1.38 lakh for cars. Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan that seeks to promote the purchase of eco-friendly vehicles.
With that said, there are a number of hybrid vehicles that are available in India. Luxury or not, these come in various forms and from a number of manufacturers. Let's take a look at the more famous ones that have been at it for more than a year now and those that are headed our way.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS (available)
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS offers a 1.3-litre, DDiS 200 diesel engine that produces 66kw of power and 200Nm of torque. It uses a mild hybrid system that includes an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) and high capacity battery. Similar to other hybrids, it also includes a brake regeneration system that stores energy generated during breaking and uses the same during acceleration.
Toyota Prius (available)
When it comes to all things hybrid, the Toyota Prius is indeed the first vehicle that comes to mind. While it defines efficiency, its 1.8-litre ECVT Hybrid system that pushes out 97bhp in addition to the sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride battery that churns out 134bhp.
Toyota is currently planning to bring in the face-lifted model of the Prius (shown above) to India, but while the power take a small hit, the low-torque figures should see a rise. The new 2017 Prius is capable of pushing out in excess of 166hp.
Toyota Camry Hybrid (available)
The current hybrid vehicle from Toyota comes in the form of its Camry offering. The Camry packs in a 2.5-litre petrol engine with 160PS of power that combined with the hybrid system delivers 205PS of power.
BMW i8 (available)
What is probably the most expensive hybrid currently available in India, the BMW i8 sells for a staggering 2.29 crore. It however packs in some slick looks and offers a total of 362hp that can get you going from 0-100 in just 4.4 seconds.
Nissan X-Trail Hybrid (available)
Another recent Hybrid entry from Nissan, the X-Trail Hybrid is equipped with the 2.0-litre MR20DD hybrid engine that enables a driving performance that is environment friendly. Nissan's hybrid system also utilises a front-wheel-drive version of Nissan’s one-motor two-clutch parallel hybrid “Intelligent Dual Clutch Control” system.
Honda Accord Hybrid (coming soon)
As of now Honda Cars Limited has confirmed that its new Accord Hybrid will be coming to India in October. The model will pack in a 2.0-litre iVTEC engine that will be linked to a twin electric motor setup and powered by a 1.3kW lithium ion battery. Total power is expected to be in the range of 196bhp with torque levels neaing 300Nm.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (coming soon)
With the new European trim Hyundai Elantra just out, Korean automaker Hyundai is planning to introduce the new Sonata Hybrid which will be a plug-in hybrid vehicle. The sedan will be powered by a 2.0-litre engine with a Blue Drive fully parallel HEV system and a Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor, a 360V lithium polymer battery and Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) that produces a combined power output of 202bhp. That's a lot let's just hope that the price tag remains in check!
Updated Date: Sep 19, 2016 11:17:15 IST