The 2018 Maruti Swift is about to launch at the upcoming Auto Expo 2018. It will be replacing the hugely popular third generation model of the Swift that retained its position in the best-selling list for a very long time. Here’s a brief comparison of the two models-
The 2018 Swift sports a more contemporary and sleek design with new headlamps and tail lamps in comparison to the old version which resembles the earlier Dzire model to the T. The basic shape remains absolutely similar but the design language of the 2018 Swift is hugely different. There is a hexagonal gaping grille in front which lends sportiness to the car while there are huge intakes for the bumper along with a splitter. The headlamps are sleeker with top variants getting LED daytime running lights and projector units. The front fenders on the 2018 Swift are quite similar to the Baleno.
The design of the third generation model, though cute with the large headlamps and tail lamps, is definitely ageing fast and the 2018 Swift wins heads-down. The 2018 version has blacked-out pillars like the previous model though. However, there is the effect of a floating roof created here while the tail lights are a little smaller in comparison to the third generation model. The 2018 Swift also gets rear door handles mounted on the C-pillar while there will be LED tail lamps for top-end variants. The rear windscreen is also bigger in the 2018 Swift.
The third generation Swift had decent interiors but in the later stages of its lifecycle, was plagued by a lack of features and sophistication akin to other new generation rivals in this space. The interiors are more spacious thanks to the longer wheelbase, redesigned headrests and there is more headroom as well. The interiors look more upmarket with the black dashboard and round vents for the air conditioning unit. There is the SmartPlay infotainment system that replaces the earlier system which had only Bluetooth and telephone functions. There is a sportier steering wheel this time along with the new console and bigger MID (multi-information display) unit.
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Engine & Specs
The third generation and new Swift models will share the same engines, namely the K-Series 1.2 litre petrol engine and DDiS 1.3 litre diesel engine. The former makes 84 PS and 115 Nm while the latter dishes out 75 PS and 190 Nm. The engines are paired to 5-speed manual transmissions for both the models. However, the 2018 Swift gets a new addition in the form of the 5-speed Auto Gear Shift (AGS) option which will be available for both petrol and diesel models.
Also, performance on the 2018 Swift will be enhanced with its new HEARTECT platform which makes it lighter. The suspension setup is also more rigid and stiffer. Fuel economy will also improve in case of the 2018 Swift due to the new platform and other architectural improvements.
Boot space stands at 265 litres for the 2018 Swift in comparison to 205 litres on the previous model. The 2018 Swift measures 3840 mm in terms of length while the previous version measures 3850 mm and the new car is also shorter by 30 mm in comparison to the earlier model. While width remains the same, the wheelbase of the 2018 Swift is 20 mm more than the earlier counterpart.
All in all, the 2018 Swift promises to be a massive upgrade, especially in terms of design, interiors and features while the addition of a 5-speed AGS unit should attract more buyers. Fuel economy and performance should be better than the previous model while the increased boot space is also a major plus point.