With increasing fuel prices and pollution, car owners today are looking for alternate solutions for not only avoiding crowded public transport but also for cleaning up the environment. The automobile industry today 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 as well as an electric motor. Both the engines can work simultaneously as well as independently – depending on the task at hand. However, hybrid cars can cut down on fuel consumption significantly without losing out on power and performance. Even though there are quite a few hybrid cars already on the market, let’s take a look at some of the upcoming options for this year.
|Hyundai Ioniq||Rs. 20.00 Lakh|
|Toyota RAV4||Rs. 22.50 Lakh|
|Next Generation Maruti Vitara Brezza||Rs. 8.00 Lakh|
|Honda City Hybrid||Rs. 19.50 Lakh|
|Expected Launch||01 April 2023|
|Expected Range||280 Kms|
Back in 2018, Hyundai unveiled the Ioniq electric and hybrid models which took the world by storm. Later, Hyundai also showcased a plug-in hybrid variant which will most likely not make its appearance in India. As of the latest news, only the electric variant will be brought to India and will be one of the best options in the segment. Hyundai has fitted a decent 28kWh Lithium-Ion battery into the Ioniq which is expected to charge from 0-100 percent in about 9-10 hours. However, Hyundai will also include a quick charge option that will significantly reduce the charge time to about 4-5 hours. When the Ioniq’s battery is completely charged, it is expected to have a maximum range of 280 Kms which is rather impressive. In terms of design, the Ioniq electric car will come with a hexagonal grille that will give it a sleek, sharp look. The LED headlamps and LED DRLs will keep the Ioniq updated. The use of aluminum in the boot lid will make the Ioniq up to 25 percent lighter than some of the other Hyundai cars available today. In the features department, the Ioniq will come with a 7-inch instrument cluster as well as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Safety will be a major attraction for the Ioniq with 7 airbags, adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking, lane change assist, and blind-spot detection.
|Expected Launch||14 July 2022|
|Transmission||8-Speed Automatic, CVT|
Toyota has been one of the most reliable car manufacturers in the world and 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. The RAV4 will be based on the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that features on the 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 to 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 percent more torque for the rear wheels. Some of the features we can expect on the RAV4 include an 8.0-inch floating infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Toyota’s Entune 3.0 audio setup, USB ports, JBL sound system, wireless phone charging, and built-in navigation. The RAV4 will also come with safety features such as dynamic cruise control, collision warning, rear-mounted camera, multiple airbags, emergency braking, ABS with EBD, and steering assist.
|Expected Launch||20 June 2022|
|Transmission||5-Speed Manual, 6-Speed Automatic|
The next-gen Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has been making headlines for quite some time now and it is finally ready to be launched in the country. The compact SUV has already been considered one of the best vehicles in the country and the upcoming variant is looking to continue that popularity. It will remain a 5-seater option and will be powered by a 1.5L petrol engine that is expected to generate 10.3Ps of power and 137Nm of torque. This is the same engine that is currently available on the XL6 and the new Ertiga. The new Vitara Brezza engine is expected to be paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Inside, the new Vitara Brezza is expected to come with features such as a 9-inch floating infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, paddle shifters for the automatic variants, ventilated seats, a single-panel sunroof, and a 360-degree camera. Safety has always been important to Maruti and the upcoming Vitara Brezza is expected to come with ABS with EBD, multiple airbags, parking sensors in the rear, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, and seatbelt warning.
|Expected Launch||15 May 2022|
|Engine||1.5L Naturally-Aspirated Petrol|
While the Honda City Hybrid has already been launched in India, it is still considered a new Hybrid option in the market. Under the hood of the City Hybrid sits a 1.5L Naturally-Aspirated Atkinson-Cycle petrol engine that generates 98Ps of power and 127Nm of torque and is paired with twin electric motors that will produce 126Ps of power and 253Nm of torque and will get its power from a 0.7 kWh battery pack. As expected, the City Hybrid is only available with an e-CVT automatic transmission. Some of the features found on the City Hybrid include a black glossy front grille, new fog lamps, new mirror covers, 16-inch alloy wheels in a dual-tone colour, LED headlights and taillights, automatic air-conditioning, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and a superior audio system. In terms of safety, the Honda City Hybrid comes with up to 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, high-beam assist, collision mitigation braking, lane-keep assist, and parking sensors in the front and rear.
With these upcoming hybrid cars, we can expect to see a lot more people switching from only fuel-powered vehicles to a cleaner option instead. 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?