A breakthrough step towards greener mobility, Smart Hybrid technology by Maruti Suzuki is aimed at improving the fuel efficiency as well as the driving performance of Maruti Suzuki cars. This advanced automotive technology is playing a significant role in enabling customers to drive cleanly and sustainably, and is at the heart of some of the best hybrid cars in India.
The Smart Hybrid system consists of an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) along with a dual battery set-up, including a lithium-Ion battery and a lead-acid battery. These high capacity batteries store the energy generated during braking to assist the Idle Stop Start and Torque Assist functions.
Idle Stop Start
The Idle Stop Start function in Maruti Suzuki Smart Hybrid cars automatically turns off the engine when it is idling and silently restarts it when the optimal conditions are met, both in manual and automatic transmissions. This feature is a boon in everyday driving and goes a long way to save on fuel costs and consumption, thereby enhancing fuel efficiency.
Brake Energy Regeneration
The Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) converts the kinetic energy released during braking and deceleration into electrical energy and stores it in the dual-battery setup. This process is called brake energy regeneration, which utilizes the surplus energy of the vehicle, released during braking, to power the Idle Stop Start and Torque Assist functionalities.
A benchmark for mild hybrid cars in India, Smart Hybrid technology offers a truly energized drive by assisting with the car’s acceleration to offer better pick-up, while reducing the engine load which improves engine life and performance. The energy stored during brake energy regeneration is, again, used to power the acceleration function of the car. As a result, you get a peppy, powerful and fuel-efficient drive every time, and the overall drivability of the car also improves.
Maruti Suzuki has an impressive list of hybrid cars in India, including Baleno, Ciaz, Ertiga, S-Cross, Vitara Brezza and XL6. Take the smart step towards reducing your carbon footprint when driving with Smart Hybrid.