5 Most Affordable Hybrid Cars in India: Toyota Hyryder, Maruti Grand Vitara, Honda City, Toyota Camry, Lexus ES 300h

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Five Most Affordable Hybrid Cars In India. We list hybrid cars made by manufacturers that are currently affordable to regular car buyers in the country.

When you talk about a hybrid car a few years ago, we all recognize the person talking about the Toyota Prius. Times have changed, however, and automakers now offer a variety of hybrid cars, some of which are exclusively specialized. In India, it took time for car manufacturers to offer hybrids and now there is a hybrid car for every budget and every need.

Today we take a look at the 5 most affordable hybrid cars in India that one can buy from brands like Lexus, Toyota, Honda and even the most popular Indian brand, Maruti Suzuki. Here are the 5 most affordable hybrid cars in India.

Lexus ES 300h

The most expensive hybrid on our most affordable list of cars is the Lexus ES 300h which costs Rs 59.50 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. The Lexus ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 1.6 kWh nickel-metal hydride battery that develops a combined output of 214 hp and 221 Nm of torque.

The car runs in pure electric mode but switches to a combination of ICE and EV power at higher speeds, accelerating the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds and reducing a mileage of 22.5 kmpl (claimed). The vehicle gets all the bells and whistles of a luxury car, including premium leather interiors, a touchscreen infotainment system and 10 airbags to protect passengers.

Toyota Camry Hybrid

toyota camry hybrid

Next on our list of the most affordable hybrid cars in India is the Toyota Camry, which retails for Rs 44.35 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. The Camry opted for the hybrid way many years ago, and the car is powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to a 245-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack – the same setup as the Lexus ES 300h – developing 214 hp and 221 Nm. of peak torque using a CVT gearbox.

Although based on the same motorcycle battery pack setup as the Lexus, Toyota claims a mileage of 19.1 kmpl, slightly lower than the ES 300h. The Toyota Camry Hybrid has a range of 958 km and can keep the occupants in the most luxurious way.

Honda City e:HEV

honda city hybrid

The Honda City e:HEV was recently launched in India, priced at Rs 19.49 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The City e:HEV uses a 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine that works in tandem with a 172.8-volt lithium-ion battery pack to deliver a combined power output of 124 hp and 253 Nm of torque, using a CVT -gear box.

The car uses two electric motors, one to power the car in pure EV mode at low speeds, while the other acts as a generator to charge the battery pack while driving. The car switches independently between electric and hybrid power, using the on-board computers, without human intervention being required. Honda claims a mileage of 26.5 kmpl. You can read more about the Honda City e:HEV hybrid in our first-drive review.

Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder

toyota urban cruiser hyryder

The second most affordable hybrid car in India is currently the recently unveiled Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder. The mid-sized SUV based on the Maruti Suzuki platform will be launched soon in India and will be offered with two engines, including a 1.5-litre petrol engine from Maruti Suzuki.

The other engine on offer will again be a 1.5 liter engine, but this time they will team up with a hybrid system to develop a combined power output of 114 hp using an eCVT gearbox. The Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder can drive in pure EV mode and will also have an AWD option, but more details will be available once Toyota launches the SUV in India.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara

For those asking “Is it back?”, yes, Maruti Suzuki is breathing new life into an old name. The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is Maruti’s product based on the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder. Like its Toyota sibling, Maruti also offers two engine options, including a hybrid system.

The hybrid engine on the Grand Vitara will be identical to the Hyryder, but the eCVT gearbox and AWD system could be given a skip to keep costs in check, or Maruti could use something from Suzuki’s global lineup. Bookings are open at Nexa dealers for the Grand Vitara and prices are expected to start from Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), but the all-hybrid variant can cost up to Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom).

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