Speculations indicate that the hybrid version of the Maruti Suzuki Fronx is set to debut in 2025, featuring a robust hybrid powertrain capable of achieving over 35 kilometers per liter (kmpl) mileage. Maruti Suzuki and Toyota have both found success with their strong hybrid models like the Grand Vitara and Urban Cruiser Hyryder. As both companies gear up to enter the electric vehicle market next year, Maruti Suzuki, as the leading car manufacturer in the nation, aims to expand its hybrid lineup across various price segments.
This decision comes at a time when competition in the hybrid segment is relatively limited, offering significant opportunities for further growth and market penetration. The upcoming seven-seater versions of the Grand Vitara and Hyryder are expected to be equipped with the current 1.5-liter strong hybrid petrol engine sourced from Toyota in 2025.
Following these releases, Maruti Suzuki plans to introduce hybrid cars featuring an in-house developed Maruti Suzuki HEV system. These models will have simpler operating procedures and lower manufacturing costs, utilizing the petrol engine as a range extender, similar to the e-Power technology seen in Nissan cars globally.
Between 2025 and 2027, reports suggest that four new cars are under development, including the Y17 and a three-row Hyryder. Maruti Suzuki is set to introduce the new Z series 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine in the next-gen Swift and Dzire models this year. This engine will serve as the generator in the forthcoming hybrid electric vehicles, primarily charging the battery pack.
The battery will then supply power to the electric motor for driving the wheels. The Fronx made its debut at the 2023 Auto Expo and was officially launched in April of the same year. Within just ten months of its market entry, the compact SUV coupe achieved over one lakh sales. It is slated to undergo a facelift as early as next year, codenamed YTB. This facelift will mark the introduction of the HEV tech, promising fuel efficiency of more than 35 kmpl.
Expect minor cosmetic updates and interior changes in the facelifted Fronx, followed by the hybridized next-gen Baleno and a compact MPV in 2026. The fifth-gen Swift hybrid is expected to arrive in 2027, rounding out Maruti Suzuki’s ambitious hybrid lineup expansion.