India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki is keen on introducing CNG variants on its popular hatchback models to offer a more eco-friendly option. The Maruti Swift and the Baleno would soon be seen on Indian roads in their CNG avatar, while the Toyota Glanza, essentially a rebadged Baleno, would be getting a CNG version as well.
Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno CNG version will be fitted with a 1.2L Dualjet petrol engine attached with a CNG kit – having 89PS and 113 Nm of torque. The CNG version will give about 25kmpl of fuel efficiency.
The Swift which has been Maruti Suzuki’s top-selling hatchback in India will be revamped in the CNG variant. The Swift CNG will also come with a 1.2 L Dualjet K12C petrol engine, fitted with a CNG kit. The CNG model will have a horsepower of 70 bhp and 95 Nm of torque, producing 11bhp power and 18Nm torque that is less than its standard fossil-fuel (petrol) variant.
The Japanese automobile giant Toyota will bring its Glanza version aided with Compressed Natural Gas efficiency. The 1.2L dualjet petrol engine connected with the factory-fitted CNG kit will return a fuel efficiency of 25 kmpl. Toyota Glanza CNG will be available on lower segment and mid-spec variants.
At present there is no word on the pricing of the CNG models but they are expected to be priced 50,000 to 80,000 more than their fossil fuel versions.