Scoop! Maruti Baleno full-hybrid spotted

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A test mule of what appears to be a Maruti Baleno with a hybrid powertrain has been spotted testing. It was reportedly running range and compatibility trials with a variety of battery options. 

The stickers on the car suggest that this could be the powertrain that Maruti is said to be developing in collaboration with Bosch. It also says “sHEV 48V”, which is an indication that it has a 48 Volt series hybrid powertrain. The ‘e-drive’ sticker near the rear wheel arch could mean that it might have a full electric mode with a limited range.

Unlike the SHVS mild hybrid engines currently being offered in some Maruti models, this Baleno appears to be a proper hybrid – similar to the Toyota Camry. A proper hybrid could easily double the Baleno’s fuel efficiency, since Camry owners report getting 15 km/l in the city.

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