Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. has just unveiled the latest generation model of its hottest selling hatchback car in the country, the Swift. The all-new Swift is scheduled for a launch in the 2018 Auto Expo. The dealers across the country have already started bookings for a meagre token amount of just Rs 11,000. The hot hatchback is expected to hit the market by the end of February or the start of March 2018, though it is supposed to carry a waiting period of 3 to 4 months from the time of booking.
The new Swift is based on Maruti Suzuki’s 5th-gen HEARTECT platform that also underpins the company’s other two popular outgoing models Baleno and the new Dzire which was launched in 2017. The platform is known to be lighter and stronger than the previous ones and ensures the new Swift would be longer and broader at 1735 mm (that’s 40 mm more than the ongoing model). Also, thanks to its longer wheelbase at 2450 mm, which adds 200 mm to the current model, it is roomier comparatively. Cramped rear seat space was one of the very few pain points of the otherwise highly successful previous versions of Swift as pointed out by many buyers in the past. The new-gen Swift is going change that mindset of customers for sure, thanks to this new platform.
The exteriors of the new Swift have also been significantly overhauled concerning design and styling; the front grill is a bold multi-slat hexagonal unit which resembles the current gen Dzire and sports stylish projector headlamps and LED DRLs along with LED tail lamps. Front fog lamps also come with silver bezel finish to add to the dash of style. The side profile of the new Swift has also been improved thanks to the 15-inch two-tone sportier alloys, and it flaunts a blacked-out C-pillar as well to add to that sporty feel which has always been a core strength area of the Swifts.
The interior upgrades are no lesser than the exteriors, carrying the same sporty feel, featuring plush upholstery and the sleek use of urbane satin chrome finish on the instrument panel, steering, doors and speedometer ring. There are several features derived from the Dzire, including the new infotainment system that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with the addition of a flat bottom steering wheel, which elevates the sportiness of the cabin.
While under the hood, no changes are made to the existing engine options. The offerings include the much proclaimed 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder K-series petrol engine churning out 84 PS power and 115 Nm torque, along with the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder DDiS multijet diesel engine churning out 75 PS power and 190 Nm torque, making sure the Swift is as peppy and frugal as always. Along with the 5-speed manual transmission, the 2018 Swift will also feature an Auto Gear Shift (AGS) transmission as well.
The offerings will be similar to existing four types – LXi, VXi, ZXi and ZXi+ for petrol, as well as LDi, VDi, ZDi and ZDi+ for diesel variants. Suzuki will be introducing the car in a bunch of new colours, Prime Lucent Orange being the highlight colour for the 2018 Swift.