Over the past two generations, the Maruti Suzuki Swift has earned a more premium status and has increased its focus on young enthusiasts as its core target group. Once the new generation Swift is unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo, this will be reflected in its power-train options, besides its design and equipment list.
Old and New Maruti Suzuki Swift
It will come with the same 1.2litre petrol and 1.3litre diesel engines as the current version, but this time, Maruti will also introduce a sportier and more powerful variant, powered by a 1.4litre turbocharged petrol engine. Though the four-cylinder, naturally aspirated 1.2litre petrol engine and 1.3litre diesel engines are expected to remain unchanged, it will boast of improved levels of refinement. Recent reports have revealed that the 2018 Maruti Swift has already racked up more than 1 lakh bookings. The bookings commenced on January 18, 2018, and ever since then, the hatchback
k has witnessed a booking every minute! R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (marketing and sales), Maruti Suzuki, in a statement to Business Standard, affirmed that though some of their recent bestsellers, including the new Dzire and Baleno, had exhibited commendable sales, yet the Swift has outshined them by achieving this landmark within such a short span of the launch. You can check out used Maruti Swift in Delhi and grab the best deal!
The immensely high demand has led to the Maruti Swift commanding a waiting period of 3-4 months depending on the variant. According to a recent report around 15% of all sales come from AMT variants. Besides, the styling of the hatchback is clearly its biggest selling point. a total of 12 configurations are being offered to car-buyers.
One can choose from two engines- 1.2 L K 12 Petrol and 1.3 L DDiS Diesel. Both engines are available with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed AMT. ARAI reports indicate that the petrol variant promises a fuel efficiency of 22km/l while the mileage offered by the diesel variant is 28.4km/l.
The petrol and diesel engines will come mated to the same five-speed manual transmission as the current car. Also, for the first time ever, the Swift will also be equipped with its AGS (Automatic Gear Shift), or AMT, which will be offered with the petrol and diesel engines both. This will surely make it a lot more convenient to drive in traffic, without compromising on the mileage.
Available at a starting price of Rs. 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is evidently more upmarket, spacious, and promises richer features as compared to the outgoing model. No wonder it had managed to cross the 40,000 mark with regard to bookings within just two days of its launch. Even if we talk about second hand cars, Swift is one of the highest selling models amongst used Maruti cars in Delhi.
When it comes to the design, the new Swift borrows the sporty look of the decade-old Swift and gives it a revamped avatar. Besides the more ‘mature’ looking front fascia, it also flaunts a redesigned headlamp unit which sports projector headlamps and LED daytime running lamps as opposed to the multi-reflector units in the previous version.
The turn indicators in the headlamp unit are pushed towards the grille in the new Swift. Additionally, the chrome garnishing has been given a miss, though the circular fog lamp housing has been retained. Also, the new Swift comes with a large hexagonal grille with vertical slats in place of the honeycomb mesh seen in its predecessor.
What’s more, the rear profile also flaunts a completely overhauled look in the new Swift, with LEDs in a redesigned tail lamp unit, wider boot lid and a new bumper. There are 15 inches two tone alloy wheels for the ZXi+ or ZDi+ variants along with 58 litres of extra boot space. It is also shorter by 10 mm as compared to the previous model
The new Swift is 40mm wider and has a 20mm longer wheelbase, which leads to improved cabin space. The ground clearance has been reduced by 7mm, while the boot space has been slightly increased to 268 litres. The loading lip has also been lowered, which is expected to make loading and unloading of luggage easier. The new Swift is available in 6 colours- Midnight Blue, Solid Fire Red, Pearl Arctic White, Silky Silver and Magma Grey, and an all-new Prime Lucent Orange shade.
Coming to the interior, Maruti has confirmed that the roomier cabin ensured in the new Maruti Suzuki Swift was to rectify the issue of inadequate legroom in the previous variant. The new model also promises increased shoulder and knee-room for rear passengers. The cabin gets a more premium feel, thanks to the new dual-tone dashboard layout. Aircon vents in the centre are now round in shape and the AC controls to get new rotary dials. The no-nonsense instrument cluster has been replaced by racing-car inspired dials. There is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for this unit which is only available for the top-end ZDi+ and ZXi+ trims.
There are a neat climate control system and a three-dial design with the central screen showing the temperature. The flat bottomed steering wheel feels nice to hold and the plastic quality is much improved over the previous Swift. There is a reddish-orange hue for the dials which is very sporty. There is good knee room and headroom along with decent legroom. However, there is no rear AC vent and under thigh support could have been better.
The 2018 Swift gets ABS and dual airbags as standard features along with rear Isofix child seat restraints. The music system is decent for lower variants although climate control is not available for the LXi and VXi variants. Additionally, the AMT option should have been offered for the ZXi+ and ZDi+ trims since several buyers would have liked to get the touch screen infotainment system and the daytime running lights which are available for only these top-end petrol and diesel trims.
However, what comes as a surprise is, the open storage space above the glove-box is missing in the new Swift. Like the Dzire, the new Swift is equipped with a flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto climate control, and passive keyless entry system with push-button engine start-stop. It also promises Suzuki’s 7-inch SmartPlay infotainment system which supports both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto along with MirrorLink connectivity. Besides, you can expect built-in navigation with Aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
The new Swift also gets rear parking sensors with the infotainment unit doubling up as the display for the rear-view camera. It hardly needs to be mentioned that Maruti is known for offering to standardize essential safety features in its recent cars, so it is hardly surprising that the new Swift boasts of dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, front seat-belts with pre-tensioners and force limiter, Isofix with child seat anchorages, seatbelt reminder and engine immobilizer. You can also consider buying used Maruti SuzukiSwift in Delhi and look for the most reliable dealers.
As far as engines are concerned, the 2018 Swift continues to be powered by the same 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engines of the previous generation. The petrol motor churns out 83PS/113Nm while the diesel variant develops 75PS/190Nm. Unlike its predecessor, the new Swift is accompanied by a 5-speed AMT (automated manual transmission) with both the engines besides the 5-speed manual gearbox.
However, it is interesting to note that the automatic is offered only with the V and Z variants in the initial stage. Though the new Swift shares its engine and lighter structure with the outgoing model, it claims to offer a mileage of 22kmpl and 28.4kmpl from the petrol and diesel motors respectively.
The new Swift is based on the lighter Heartect platform, which has enabled it to achieve significant weight reduction, as a result of which it weighs up to 85kgs lesser. Needless to say, the Swift has always been a popular choice amongst car-buyers, including used Swift in Delhi, thanks to its peppy performance, but now, coupled with the lighter weight, the 2018 Swift is going to be even more fun to drive! The 2018 Swift offers superior ride quality which chauffer driven owners will appreciate hugely to say the least.
The drivetrain has a feel like the brand new Dzire and this robs the car of quite a bit of its own individuality. Prices are quite competitive between Rs. 4.99-8.29 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) across trims. The prices have been marginally increased in comparison to the previous version of the Swift.
The Following are The Latest Version’s Specifications
|New Maruti Swift 2018 Specifications|
|Engine||1.2-Litre K-Series Petrol; 1.3-Litre DDiS Diesel|
|Max. Power||87 PS; 78 PS|
|Peak Torque||115 Nm; 190 Nm|
|Transmission||5-Speed Manual/CVT; 5-Speed Manual|
|Kerb Weight||~ 850 KGs|
|Fuel Mileage||22 KMPL; 27 KMPL|
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has always been one of the highest selling cars in India and the 2018 version looks set to be a bestseller as well. Apart from the few kinks and the fact that the top-end variants do not get the automatic option, expect buyers to be queuing up at showrooms (and increasing waiting periods accordingly) for the 2018 Swift, majorly for its refreshed design, more interior space, new features, good fuel economy and the competitive price point. If you want a hatchback in this price range, the 2018 Swift is definitely one to look out for!
Let’s Take a Look at Some of The Differences in The Specification for The Two Models
|New Model||Old Model|
|Length||3840 mm||3850 mm|
|Width||1735 mm||1695 mm|
|Height||1500 mm||1530 mm|
|Wheelbase||2450 mm||2430 mm|
|Boot space||265 L||205 L|
|Model||2018 Maruti Swift||Old Maruti Swift|
|Petrol Mileage||22 KMPL||20.4 KMPL|
|Diesel Mileage||28 KMPL||25.2 KMPL|
|New Swift||Old Swift|
|Audio||Touchscreen||2-DIN Audio Unit|
|Headlamps||LED Projector||Conventional Halogen|
|Push Button Start||Yes||Yes|
|Specifications||Old Maruti Swift||2018 Maruti Swift|
|Engine||1.2L K-Series Petrol & 1.3L DDiS Diesel||1.2L K-Series Petrol & 1.3L DDiS Diesel|
|Power||83bhp @ 6,000rpm||83bhp @ 6,000rpm|
|Torque||115Nm @ 4,000rpm||115Nm @ 4,000rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual||5-speed MT & AMT|
Old Maruti Swift (Ex, Delhi)
|2018 Maruti Swift (Ex, Delhi)|
|Rs 4.75 lakh||Rs 4.99 lakh|
|Rs 7.43 lakh||Rs 8.29 lakh|
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