Launched in Japan and Europe, 2018 Maruti Swift is soon to be launched in the coming months. However, it was spied undisguised at the cargo hold of Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi. In all likelihood, this unit is a made-in-India variant, which is heading to Germany and will be exhibited at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. A next gen global supermini, this latest launch by Maruti boasts of evolutionary styling. Going by the spied image, the spotted Suzuki Swift might be a wild hybrid version and might be here for testing. It retains the existing model’s distinct shape, and the modern fascia receives low-mounted hexagonal grill and peeled back projector headlamps.
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The tight-fitting roof remains the same while the C-pillar has grown thicker. The larger taillights extend all way into the fenders. The rest of the rear end features a compact hatch door and a bumper with enormous diffuser. It will be positioned below the Baleno as far as Suzuki’s global portfolio is concerned. In fact, the new Swift is based on the Baleno’s lightweight HEARTECT platform that has allowed the makers to shed its weight by about 100kgs as compared to the current outgoing model. It is also interesting to note that the 2018 Swift gets two engine options in Japan- 1.2liter petrol churning out 67PS and 1.0liter turbo 3 cylinder that is expected to generate 101PS. Being lightweight, with its weight being just 860kgs, the engine will impress automobile enthusiasts with its sharper and performance oriented driving experience as compared to the current Swift. This will in turn, attract buyers, despite the engine delivering lesser power.
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In India, the new Swift is likely to carry forward the current car’s 1.2 litre K-series petrol and 1.3-litre diesel power-train. However, it will feature certain improvements. The new Swift is expected to launch at the 2018 Auto Expo. When it comes to the interiors, the 2018 Swift will get three spoke steering wheel, steering mounted control and touch screen infotainment system that will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The diesel unit might also be equipped with Suzuki’s mild-hybrid technology, SHVS. Additionally, Maruti may introduce the Swift with a 1.0litre Booster jet engine as in the Baleno. With Swift, the makers have left a strong impact on the hatchback segment along with other notable vehicles such as Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo.