One of the best selling Maruti Suzuki hatchbacks in India, the Swift has enjoyed an unmatched fan following in the country ever since its launch. Its success run will now be carried forward by its new generation that was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. Expected to be launched in India by early 2018, the car promises updated styling and a long list of features.
Despite its familiar stance, the new Swift is very different from its predecessor in many ways. The bonnet, headlights, and the cockpit-like tapering cabin look familiar, but when taken a closer look, new bits such as the protruding Jaguar F-type-like nose, the Audi-esque grille and the blacked out C pillar with hidden door handles at the rear, are clearly evident. Suzuki has also used attractive 16-inch turbine blade alloy wheels to give a complete look and feel to the package, infusing a sense of sophistication. Like the recently launched the new Dzire, the 2018 Swift is also built on the same ‘Heartect’ platform as the Baleno, but with certain modifications to make it stiffer in key areas. This makes the car extremely light, and the kerb weight starting at a mere 890kg.
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The car gets two engine options- a 1.0litre Booster Jet engine that focuses on performance and a 1.2litre DualJet engine. Additionally, the SHVS mild hybrid offering focuses on providing high fuel economy. As far as dimensions are concerned, the new Swift is 10mm shorter in length than the current model, making it easier to handle, while its wheelbase is 20mm longer, which allows more cabin space. Vehicle height is 15mm lower and width is 40mm wider, which accentuates the Swift’s low and wide form.
At the front, the new Swift gets a set of newly designed sweptback headlamps that come with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) along with a new bumper and grille design. It shares its side profile largely with the current generation Swift and flaunts the trademark blacked out A pillar and new diamond-cut allow wheels. The floating roof touch will remind you of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The back gets a new bumper and tail lamps which also get the LED touch, are now stubbier than before and incorporates a spoiler with stop light. Talking about the interiors, it is now sportier and sharper, thanks to the twin-pod instrument cluster. The touch-screen infotainment unit may come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
What remains to be seen is which features out of the ones mentioned make it to the Indian model, and if it can match up to the dominating success that its predecessor enjoyed. Prices are not expected to differ from the current Swift by more than 5-7% and will sold through the carmaker’s regular network rather than its more up market Nexa dealerships. The current car flew out of showrooms at a rate of approximately 14,000 a month and with the new car, Maruti hopes to increase that number.