CNG Hatchbacks to Launch Soon


New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki has disclosed that it plans to expand its CNG portfolio by producing half a million units in the next financial year. With a market share of more than 85 percent, the Indian-Japanese car manufacturer currently leads the CNG segment in the country.

The company is planning CNG versions of its popular models, including the Alto, Baleno and Brezza. While the Maruti Alto CNG and Brezza CNG are slated to arrive later, the Maruti Baleno CNG is likely to hit the showrooms this Diwali season.

The CNG version of the Maruti Baleno comes with a 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine and a factory-fitted CNG kit. The maximum output of the conventional petrol engine is 87 HP and the torque is 113 Nm. With ARAI certification, it promises a fuel consumption of over 22 km/l.

The CNG version of the hatchback will be high mileage. However, its power and torque will be slightly lower than that of a conventional gasoline engine. According to the leaked information, the Baleno CNG will offer a range of 25 km/kg.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor will also introduce a CNG hatchback version of the Glanza, which is based on the Maruti Baleno. It will be available in three variants – S, G and V – with a petrol 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine and a CNG kit. The power of the hatch will be around 76 hp at 6000 rpm.

Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed manual transmission. The total weight of all Toyota Glanza CNG variants is 1450 kg. Like the Baleno CNG, the Glanza will offer a fuel economy of 25 km/kg. Glanza CNG should be launched on the market in the coming weeks.

In the latest updates, both the automakers recently launched their jointly developed mid-size hybrid SUVs – the Maruti Grand Vitara and the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder. The SUV’s powertrain includes a 114-hp 1.5-liter gasoline strong hybrid with an e-CVT transmission and a 103-hp gasoline mild hybrid with a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission.

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