Maruti is already known for making some of the most fuel-efficient cars in India. The carmaker is now looking at going a step further in the quest for better fuel efficiency by introducing the idling-stop feature in some of its models. This feature is available in Suzuki offerings internationally. The idling-stop feature is basically the same stop-start function that is seen in much higher-priced vehicles. The inclusion of this feature will result in a fuel-efficiency gain of approximately 2-3kpl in standard driving conditions. This system cuts off the engine once the vehicle has come to a complete stop and restarts it once the driver presses the clutch. This means, along with the engine, the AC shuts down as well. However, to keep the cabin cool while the car is shut, the idling-stop system will come with a new feature known as Eco Cool.
The Eco Cool system keeps cool air flowing even when the car is idling by using a type of cooling storage device included in the air conditioner unit to chill air. The idling stop system is currently available on some Mahindra offerings under the ‘Micro Hybrid’ moniker, and Maruti will become the first manufacturer in the hatchback segment to offer this feature in our market. According to our sources, this system will first debut in the Wagon R and will eventually be seen in most Maruti offerings in our market.
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