Maruti Suzuki has revealed plans to expand her CNG portfolio by producing 500,000 units in the upcoming fiscal year. The Indian-Japanese automaker with over 85% market share currently leads the CNG sector in India. The company envisioned CNG versions of popular models including the Alto, Baleno and Brezza. While the Maruti Alto CNG and Brezza CNG are reported to arrive later, the Maruti Baleno CNG is likely to hit the showroom this Diwali season.
The Maruti Baleno CNG variant features a 1.2L Dualjet petrol engine paired with a factory-fitted CNG kit. The regular gasoline unit has a maximum output of 87 horsepower and a maximum torque of 113 Nm. It promises ARAI-certified fuel economy of 22km/l or more. The CNG version of the hatchback will have higher mileage. However, the power and torque figures are slightly lower than for regular gasoline motors. According to the leaked information, the Baleno CNG will provide a mileage of 25 km/kg.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor will also present a CNG version of the Glanza hatchback based on the Maruti Baleno. It is available in three variants: S, G and V with a 1.2L, four-cylinder petrol motor and CNG kit. The hatch’s output is about 76bhp at 6,000rpm. Transmission is handled by a 5-speed manual transmission. All Toyota Glanza CNG variants carry 1450 kg of GVW. Similar to the Baleno CNG, the Glanza offers a fuel economy of 25 km/kg. Glanza CNG will be released in the next few weeks.
In the latest update, the two automakers have recently launched jointly developed hybrid mid-size SUVs, the Maruti Grand Vitara and the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder. The SUV’s powertrain setup includes a 114bhp, 1.5L petrol strong hybrid with e-CVT gearbox and a 103bhp, 1.5L petrol mild hybrid with five-speed manual and six-speed automatic gearbox options.