Upcoming Hybrid Cars in India in 2023

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Updated on: 22nd September, 2023 IST

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Upcoming Hybrid Cars in India in 2023

With increasing fuel prices and pollution, car owners today are looking for alternate solutions that are sustainable and easy on the pocket. Today's automobile industry is filled with electric options, but it is still a new market for India which either means people are not ready to trust EVs yet or that they are a little too expensive at the moment.

A smart way to get most of the benefits of an EV while not emptying your bank account is to opt for a hybrid car. Hybrids are powered by a gas engine and an electric motor, and both engines can work simultaneously and independently. However, hybrid vehicles can significantly reduce fuel consumption without losing out on power and performance. Even though there are quite a few hybrid cars in the market, let's take a look at some of the upcoming models in India in 2023.

1. Maruti C-Segment MPV

Now that the Toyota Innova Hycross has been launched, Maruti Suzuki will soon reveal its own version of this MPV. This is similar to how the Maruti Grand Vitara and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder are essentially the same cars being sold by different carmakers. The upcoming hybrid car will be sold through Maruti Suzuki's NEXA chain of premium outlets.

The C2-segment MPV will help the carmaker with its second MPV offering after the hot-selling Ertiga. The new model will be manufactured at Toyota's Bidadi-based facility. It will share both its engine options with the Hycross, which means the new model will offer a 2.0-litre strong hybrid option.

Expected Launch DateMay 2023
Ex-showroom Price (Delhi)₹18 Lakh to ₹30 Lakh (estimated)

Key Specifications

Maximum Power186 PS
Maximum Torque188 Nm
TransmissioneCVT
Seating Capacity7
Engine2.0-litre petrol with an electric motor
Fuel TypePetrol
MileageUp to 25 km/pl

Maruti's C-Segment MPV Features

  • 360-degree Camera
  • Paddle Shifters
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Panoramic Electric Sunroof
  • Electric Tailgate
  • Memory Seats
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Dual-zone Climate Control
  • Powered Leg Rest (Second Row)
  • 10.1-inch Touchscreen
  • 9-speaker JBL Sound System
  • 6 Airbags
  • Lane-keep Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Automatic High Beam
  • Rear Cross-traffic Alert

2. Honda Compact SUV

Honda Compact SUV
Honda Compact SUV

Honda Cars India is familiar with having hybrid cars in its portfolio. Over a decade ago, it launched the Civic hybrid and even came up with the Accord hybrid. Now, after launching the City Hybrid over a year ago, it's preparing to launch a new SUV that will be tailor-made for the Indian market.

This SUV will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Skoda Kushaq and will even rival the Maruti Grand Vitara. The new model will share its engine options with the City, which means it will be available with the same hybrid power plant i.e. a 1.5L Atkinson cycle engine with an electric motor.

Expected Launch DateJuly 2023
Ex-showroom price (Delhi)₹12 Lakh to ₹20 Lakh (estimated)

Key Specifications

Maximum Power100 PS
Maximum Torque127 Nm
TransmissioneCVT
Seating Capacity5
Engine1.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol with an electric motor
Fuel TypePetrol
Mileage26.5 km/pl

Honda Compact SUV Features

  • Electric Sunroof
  • Honda Sensing Technology
  • 6 Airbags
  • ABS With EBD
  • Premium Audio System
  • Touchscreen Infotainment With Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Electrically Adjustable ORVMs
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Digital Speedo Cluster
  • Isofix Child Seat Mounts
  • Cruise Control
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Check out our collection of Used Honda Cars in India.

3. Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail
Nissan X-Trail

Last year, Nissan India showcased 3 new SUVs to select media and dealership partners. These include the Juke, X-Trail and the Qashqai. Out of these, the X-Trail will launch first in our market. It's expected to go on sale by September this year, just ahead of the advent of the festive season.

The X-Trail will come to us via the CBU route, making it quite expensive. However, it will offer a hybrid powertrain to keep running costs low. The premium SUV will offer its company's e-Power hybrid technology. It will be a powerful car available in both FWD and AWD versions. This is easily among India's most premium upcoming hybrid cars in 2023.

The SUV will likely be offered two powertrain options – a 163PS, 1.5L turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5L turbo petrol with strong hybrid tech. Called the e-Power tech, the X-Trail's hybrid powertrain offers 204PS and 300Nm of torque in a 2WD setup and 213PS & up to 525Nm in a 4WD setup.

Expected Launch DateSeptember 2023
Ex-showroom price (Delhi)₹50 Lakh

Key Specifications

Maximum Power213 PS
Maximum Torque525 Nm
TransmissioneCVT
Seating Capacity5
Engine1.5-litre turbocharged with electric motor
Fuel TypePetrol
MileageUpto 17 kmpl

Nissan X-Trail Features

  • Touchscreen Infotainment System With Wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay Connectivity
  • Electric Sunroof
  • LED Automatic Headlamps
  • Rain-sensing Wipers
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Front and Rear Cameras
  • 6 Airbags
  • ABS With EBD
  • Multi-zone Climate Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

Check out our collection of Used Nissan Cars in India.

4. Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4
Toyota RAV4

Toyota is one of the most reliable car manufacturers in the world. While the brand has been available in India for a long time, the country is finally getting the impressive RAV4 SUV this year.

The 5-seater luxury crossover was first showcased at the 2018 New York Auto Show and is set to arrive in India in July this year. The RAV4 will be based on the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that features the latest Corolla and Camry. Under the hood, the RAV4 will come with a 2.5L petrol engine which will also be paired with an electric motor setup. The engine will be paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox but will come with a CVT option as well. The All-Wheel-Drive hybrid setup is expected to offer up to 30% more torque for the rear wheels.

Expected Launch DateOctober 2023
Ex-showroom Price₹45 Lakh (estimated)

Key Specifications

Maximum Power178 PS
Maximum Torque221 Nm
TransmissioneCVT
Seating Capacity5
Engine2.5-litre Dynamic Force Hybrid
Fuel TypePetrol
MileageUp to 20 km/pl

Toyota RAV4 Features

  • 8.0-inch Floating Infotainment System With Android Auto and Apple Carplay Connectivity
  • Electric Sunroof
  • Premium Audio Setup From JBL
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Collision Warning
  • Rear-mounted Camera
  • 6 Airbags
  • Emergency Braking
  • ABS With EBD
  • Steering Assist

Check out our collection of Used Toyota Cars in India.

With these upcoming hybrid cars in India in 2023, we can expect to see many more people switching from only fuel-powered vehicles to cleaner options. Although these hybrids combine the use of gas engines and electric motors, their performance is far from reduced. Which of these hybrid cars would you like to drive or own?

FAQs

1. What new hybrids are coming out in 2023?

So far, we know of 4 upcoming hybrid cars in India in 2023. These include an MPV from Maruti Suzuki, a compact SUV from Honda, Nissan X-Trail and Toyota RAV4.

2. Will there be hybrid cars in the future?

While we might have only hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the distant future, hybrid cars make immense sense for India in the coming decades due to the lack of sufficient EV infrastructure along with the high cost of electric cars.

3. What hybrids will be available in 2023?

There are a handful of hybrid cars available in 2023. These include mild hybrid models such as the Maruti Ciaz as well as strong hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Innova HyRyder.

4. Which hybrid cars are coming to India?

At least 4 hybrid cars are coming to India in 2023. These include models from Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Nissan and Toyota.

5. Which hybrid car was built exclusively in India?

Right now, no hybrid car is built exclusively for India.

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