While the Indian car market has started making its shift to electrification, there are some car makers which have hybrid technology for their offerings in India as a part of this journey to the future. The cars with hybrid powertrains, which usually have a combination of a petrol engine and an electric battery, do offer very sophisticated and technologically superior mechanical setup. This helps them in delivering a perfect combination of performance and fuel economy.
Here is a list of all best hybrid cars in India right now:
Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry Hybrid was one of the pioneers in the Indian car market when it comes to hybrid vehicles. The flagship sedan from Toyota in the Indian market, the Camry Hybrid comes with a 2.5-liter four cylinder petrol engine combined with a 245V battery and a motor setup on front axles. Coupled to a CVT gearbox, this powertrain makes combined power and torque outputs of 178 PS and 221 Nm respectively. The Toyota Camry Hybrid claims a fuel efficiency of 19.16 kmpl.
Toyota Vellfire Hybrid
The most expensive vehicle from Toyota in India, the Vellfire Hybrid is a premium luxury people mover, which has recreated the benchmarks of MPVs in the Indian car market. Powering the Toyota Vellfire Hybrid is a 2.5-liter four cylinder petrol engine combined to a nickel hydride battery and motors on both the axles. The engine is coupled to a CVT gearbox and produces 116 PS of maximum power and 198 Nm of maximum torque. Brought to India through CBU route, the Toyota Vellfire Hybrid returns a fuel efficiency of 16.35 kmpl.
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The BMW 7-Series is one of the poshest sedans on sale in the Indian car market, with the 745Le XDrive being the flagship variant of it. This particular variant of the BMW 7-Series, unlike its other petrol and diesel powered variants, is powered by a 3.0-liter inline six cylinder petrol coupled to a 355V lithium ion battery. The maximum power and torque outputs produced by this powertrain are rated at 285 PS and 450 Nm respectively. Power is channeled to all the four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The claimed fuel efficiency of this hybrid avatar of BMW 7-Series is 39.53 kmpl.
Lexus ES 300h
The most affordable vehicle from Lexus in India, the ES 300h sedan offers the exclusivity of a full hybrid vehicle in the segment luxury executive sedans in India. The Lexus ES 300h is available in two different variants – Exquisite and Luxury – both of which are powered by a 2.5-liter inline four petrol engine mated to a 245V nickel metal hydride battery. The maximum power and torque outputs of this powertrain, which channels the power produced to front wheels via a 6-speed CVT gearbox, stand at 217 PS and 221 Nm respectively. The Lexus ES 300h promises a fuel economy of 22.58 kmpl.
Lexus NX 300h
The Lexus NX 300h is the Japanese car maker’s offering in the premium midsize SUV/crossover segment, and is the only vehicle in its category to feature a full hybrid powertrain. The Lexus NX 300h shares its powertrain – a 2.5-liter inline four petrol engine mated to a 245V nickel metal hydride battery – with the ES 300h sedan. Here, the engine is mated to the same CVT gearbox, but produces 196 PS of power and 210 Nm of torque. It gets an all wheel drive system and promises a fuel efficiency of 17.8 kmpl. There are three different variants of the Lexus NX 300h – Exquisite, Luxury and F-Sport.
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The flagship sedan from Lexus all over the world, the LS, is being offered in the Indian car market in the same hybrid guise as in other car markets. The sedan, which is being offered in three different variants of Luxury, Ultra Luxury and Nishijin, gets a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine combined to a 650V nickel metal hydride battery. Power and torque outputs of the combined powertrain are rated at 357 PS and 400 Nm respectively. The power is channeled to the rear wheels via a 10-speed CVT, and the fuel efficiency is rated at 15.4 kmpl.
Lexus RX 450hL
The Lexus RX 450hL is one of the most niche crossovers available in the Indian car market, particularly due to its sharp and sleek crossover styling and the full hybrid powertrain under the skin. Powering the Lexus RX 450hL is a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine combined to a 650V nickel metal hydride battery, which is the same powertrain which is there in the LS sedan The powertrain is coupled to a 10-speed CVT unit and returns 16.55 kmpl, with its power and torque rated at 311 PS and 335 Nm respectively.
Lexus LC 500h
Among the sedans and crossovers in Lexus lineup, the Lexus LC 500h stands out as one unique offering. This super sleek and stylish two door sports coupe gets the same 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine combined to a 650V nickel metal hydride battery from the LS sedan and RX 450hL crossover. However, here in the Lexus LC 500h, this powertrain is in its strongest state of tune, with 357 PS of power and 500 Nm of torque on tap. The powertrain is mated to a 10-speed CVT, channels the power to rear wheels only and returns a commendable fuel efficiency of 14.8 kmpl.
The only four door sports sedan from Porsche, the Panamera is one luxury sedan which offers a perfect blend of sportiness and practicality. The most expensive variant of the Porsche Panamera is the Turbo S E-Hybrid, which sources its power from a hybrid powertrain of a 4.-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine and a 382V Lithium ion polymer battery. The maximum power and torque outputs of this powertrain, which is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, are rated at 677 PS and 850 Nm, thus making it the most powerful hybrid car available in India. Power is channeled to all the four wheels and the claimed fuel efficiency is 30.3 kmpl.
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Like the Porsche Panamera, the Porsche Cayenne SUV too is available with a hybrid powertrain only in its range topping E-Hybrid variant. The powertrain employed for the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine coupled to a lithium ion polymer battery. The engine gets the assistance of an all wheel drive system and 8-speed automatic gearbox, and produces a maximum power output of 338 PS and maximum torque output of 450 Nm.
The most expensive vehicle from Volvo’s portfolio in India, the Volvo XC90, in its range topping Excellence variant, gets a hybrid powertrain. There is a 2.0-liter twin turbo four cylinder petrol engine mated to a lithium ion battery setup, the combined power and torque outputs of which are 400 PS and 640 Nm respectively. The engine channels this power to all the four wheels through an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and claims a fuel economy of 42 kmpl.