Electric vehicles are known as the future of mobility. However, the efficient implementation of EV technology is still some years away. So, car manufacturers came up with hybrid technology to bridge the gap between electric cars and conventional vehicles. It uses a combination of an IC (Internal combustion) engine and electric motors. In this article, let's take a look at some of the best hybrid cars in India.
Here’s the list of the best hybrid cars available in India.
|Model||Body type||Base fuel type||Hybrid type||Price (Ex-showroom Delhi)|
|Maruti Baleno||Hatchback||Petrol||Mild hybrid (Petrol+Electric)||Rs. 7.75 lakhs to Rs. 8.38 lakhs|
|Toyota Glanza||Hatchback||Petrol||Mild hybrid (Petrol+Electric)||Rs. 8.14 lakhs|
|MG Hector||SUV||Petrol||Mild hybrid (Petrol+Electric)||Rs. 16.37 lakhs to Rs. 17.69 lakhs|
|Toyota Camry||Sedan||Petrol||Full hybrid (Petrol+Electric)||Rs. 41.20 lakhs|
|Lexus ES||Sedan||Petrol||Full hybrid (Petrol+Electric)||Rs. 56.55 lakhs to Rs. 61.75 lakhs|
|Lexus NX||SUV||Petrol||Full hybrid (Petrol+Electric)||Rs. 58.20 lakhs to Rs. 63.63 lakhs|
|Toyota Vellfire||MPV||Petrol||Full hybrid (Petrol+Electric)||Rs. 89.90 lakhs|
|Volvo XC90 Recharge||SUV||Petrol||Plug-in hybrid (Petrol+Electric)||Rs. 96.65 lakhs to Rs. 1.31 crores|
|BMW 7 Series||Sedan||Petrol||Plug-in hybrid (Petrol+Electric)||Rs. 1.69 crores|
|Lexus LC||Coupe||Petrol||Full hybrid (Petrol+Electric)||Rs. 2.09 crores|
Before diving deep into the technical specifications and features of hybrid cars, you need to understand the basic working principle of a hybrid vehicle. Below is a brief explanation of hybrid cars.
A hybrid car is an automobile that uses an IC engine and electric motors to propel the vehicle forward.
There are mainly three types of hybrid cars: mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Below are the details of all three types of hybrid vehicles.
Mild hybrid: In a mild hybrid car, the electric motor assists the IC engine. Such hybrid vehicles are not capable of running on pure electric power.
Full hybrid: A full hybrid car can run on pure electric power, conventional fuel (IC engine) or a combination of both engine and electric motor.
Plug-in hybrid: As the name suggests, a plug-in hybrid car needs to be plugged into a power source to recharge the batteries that power the electric motors. This type of car can run on pure electric power.
Below are the details of the hybrid cars available in India.
Price: Rs. 7.75 lakhs to Rs. 8.38 lakhs
|Fuel efficiency||23.87 kmpl|
Maruti Baleno is a mild hybrid (petrol+electric) vehicle.
It gets a reliable 1.2-litre engine that is assisted by an electric motor.
The hybrid variant is available only with a manual gearbox.
It comes with all the essential safety features such as airbags, ABS, EBD, etc.
Low maintenance costs and hassle-free ownership experience.
Price: Rs. 8.14 lakhs
|Fuel efficiency||23.87 kmpl|
Toyota Glanza is a mild hybrid (petrol+electric) hatchback car.
It is a rebadged version of the Maruti Baleno premium hatchback.
It gets the same 1.2-litre petrol engine developed by Maruti Suzuki.
It comes equipped with all the necessary safety equipment such as dual airbags, ABS, EBD, high-speed warning, etc.
Good fuel economy.
Price: Rs. 16.37 lakhs to Rs. 17.69 lakhs
|Fuel efficiency||14.44 kmpl|
MG Hector is a mild hybrid (petrol+electric) SUV with a 48V battery.
It comes with additional features such as an engine idle start-stop system, regenerative braking, etc.
The SUV draws power from a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a manual gearbox.
It comes loaded with safety equipment such as 6 airbags, traction control, ESP, hill-hold assist, etc.
The MG Hector also comes with advanced creature comfort features, including connected car tech.
Price: Rs. 41.20 lakhs
|Fuel efficiency||19.16 kmpl|
The Toyota Camry is a full hybrid premium full-size sedan.
It gets a 245V self-charging hybrid (petrol+electric) system.
It is capable of running on pure electric power at low speeds.
The Camry comes equipped with a powerful 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to an automatic gearbox.
You get three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Power.
Loaded with advanced safety features such as 9 airbags, TPMS, VSC, traction control, ISOFIX child seat mounts, electronic parking brake etc.
It features a premium interior with leather upholstery and many other features.
Price: Rs. 56.55 lakhs to Rs. 61.75 lakhs
|Fuel efficiency||22.37 kmpl|
The Lexus ES is a premium mid-size sedan.
It gets a full hybrid (petrol+electric) self-charging system.
It can run on either the IC engine, the electric motor at low speeds or a combination of both.
It draws power from a 2.5-litre petrol engine paired with an automatic gearbox.
It comes with top-of-the-line safety features such as 10 airbags, VSC, hill-hold assist, TPMS, ABS, EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts, etc.
It is loaded with premium features such as cruise control, paddle shifters, automatic climate control, etc.
You also get three driving modes: Normal, Eco and Sport.
Price: Rs. 58.20 lakhs to Rs. 63.63 lakhs
|Fuel efficiency||18.32 kmpl|
The Lexus NX is a full hybrid (petrol+electric) SUV capable of running on pure electric power at low speeds.
Get a powerful 2.5-litre petrol engine coupled with an automatic transmission.
It comes loaded with many safety features such as 8 airbags, an anti-theft system, ABS, VSC, hill-hold assist, etc.
Luxurious interior with premium features such as cruise control, wireless door lock, automatic dual-zone climate control, moonroof, etc.
Features a striking exterior design with the signature spindle grille and LED headlights.
Price: Rs. 89.90 lakhs
|Fuel efficiency||16.35 kmpl|
The Vellfire is a premium MPV from the stable of Toyota.
It gets a self-charging full hybrid (petrol+electric) system with two electric motors.
It is capable of running on electric power at low speeds.
It comes equipped with a 2.5-litre petrol engine.
On the safety front, it gets 7 airbags, brake assist, TPMS, ABS, parking assist alert, VSC, hill-hold assist, etc.
It features a luxurious interior with powered second-row captain seats, leather upholstery, 3-zone climate control, ambient lighting, etc.
The Vellfire also comes with unique features such as power sliding doors.
Price: Rs. 96.65 lakhs to Rs. 1.31 crores
|Fuel efficiency||40 kmpl|
The Volvo XC90 is a plug-in hybrid SUV.
It gets a hybrid (petrol+electric) system with a rechargeable battery that helps the SUV to run on electric power.
It draws power from a 2-litre supercharged petrol engine with a massive power output of 400 Bhp.
Due to the plug-in hybrid system, the SUV delivers a whopping fuel efficiency of 40 kmpl.
It comes equipped with safety features such as 8 airbags, ABS, EBD, park assist, lane departure warning, rear collision warning, blind-spot monitor, etc.
Price: Rs. 1.69 crores
|Fuel efficiency||39.53 kmpl|
BMW 7 Series is a premium luxury sedan with a plug-in hybrid (electric+petrol) system.
The sedan is capable of running on electric power up to speeds of 140 km/h.
The hybrid sedan comes equipped with a potent 3-litre petrol engine.
It is loaded with safety features such as airbags, TPMS, electric parking brake, EBD, ABS, brake assist, traction control, hill-hold assist, etc.
Premium interior with features such as 4-zone climate control, cruise control, leather seat upholstery, paddle shifters, etc.
Price: Rs. 2.09 crores
|Fuel efficiency||12.3 kmpl|
Lexus LC is a full hybrid (petrol+electric) coupe.
It gets an EV driving mode that allows for a silent motor-only drive at low speeds.
It comes equipped with a 3.5-litre petrol engine mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
The safety features of the coupe include 8 airbags, run-flat tyres, cornering lights, ABS, EBD, ESC, hill-hold assist, etc.
Luxurious interior with Alcantara upholstery, adjustable power seats, heated front seats, etc.
All prices are ex-showroom (Delhi)
Fuel efficiency figures as of ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) ratings.
Similar to electric vehicles, hybrid (petrol+electric) cars are also more expensive than their conventional fuel counterparts. Hence, not many car manufacturers are interested in this segment. Coming to the list of upcoming hybrid cars in India, it’s a concise list with only one expected model: the Hyundai Ioniq.
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions related to hybrid cars in India.
Is a hybrid car different from an electric car?
Yes, a hybrid car is entirely different from an EV. A hybrid vehicle comprises an IC engine and electric motors. On the contrary, an electric vehicle is equipped with only electric motors.
Can I consider a hybrid car for long-distance driving?
Yes, you can consider hybrid cars for long-distance driving. With the assistance of an electric motor, a hybrid vehicle delivers superior fuel efficiency and a comfortable driving experience, especially on highways.
What is the major disadvantage of hybrid cars?
Pricing is one of the significant disadvantages of hybrid vehicles. Similar to EVs, hybrid cars are priced on the high end of the spectrum. Hence, the initial investment is very high if you want to own a hybrid vehicle.
Are there any hybrid cars available under Rs. 10 lakhs in India?
There are two options when it comes to hybrid cars under Rs. 10 lakhs: Maruti Baleno and Toyota Glanza.
Disclaimer: The above content is for informational purposes only. It is recommended to take the help of an expert before making a decision. ACKO Drive is not responsible for any action taken based on the information mentioned here.
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